Fieler puts best foot forward

DALLAS – Chase Fieler didn’t earn a perfect score for his attempts during Thursday’s Denny’s College Slam Dunk Championship, but the former Parkersburg South standout put his best foot forward for showmanship.

At Moody Coliseum on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Fieler represented Florida Gulf Coast University and was one of eight contestants trying to fill four spots for the semfinal round.

As he approached the rim, Fieler pulled up holding his left hamstring as a diversion for what was to come next. He paused and removed his No. 20 FGCU jersey and displayed a blue T-shirt with ‘Dunk City’ visible in white block letters on his back.

With the 30-second clock ticking away, Fieler managed to attempt two dunks. The first did not go through the hoop, while the second was a lay-in off the glass.

With four judges in play along with results from Twitter, only Michigan State’s Adreian Payne posted a perfect score of 50.0. Fieler turned in a low score of 9.0.

Fieler recently completed his senior year for FGCU with 98 career slams, including 83 dunks the past two seasons. He will graduate as the only player in program history with at least 1,000 points (1,306) and 600 rebounds (714). The 6-foot-8 forward ranked second on the team in scoring this season at 13.9 points per game and was second in the Atlantic Sun Conference in rebounding at 7.4.

Last night’s event marked the second straight year a member from FGCU competed in the slam dunk contest. Last year, it was Sherwood Brown carrying the banner for the Eagles.

The champion of the dunk contest turned out to be Eastern Kentucky’s Marcus Lewis with Baylor’s Cory Jefferson taking runner-up honors.

Also conducted last night was the Quicken Loans Men’s 3-Point Championship and the Buick Women’s 3-Point Championship.

In the men’s shootoff, Baylor’s Brady Heslip made nine of his last 10 shots in the championship round and finished with a score of 18 out of a possible 30 compared to 14 for runner-up Travis Bader from Oakland.

For the women, Louisville’s Shoni Schimmel recorded consecutive scores of 22 points in the semifinal and final rounds to secure the title over runner-up Tricia Liston of Duke.

As for the Echo Battle of the Champions, Schimmel outscored Heslip, 22-17.