McFeely: Four shots = $10,000 for youngster at Minot Ryan game

Halftime sharpshooter overshadows Minot Ryan victory over South Prairie in North Dakota Class B basketball

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J.J. Franks won $10,000 by making four shots at halftime of the Minot Ryan high school boys basketball game Friday, Jan. 27.
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One. Two. Three. Four. Give the young man his check for $10,000.

It was that easy, or at least it seemed like it, for young J.J. Franks on Friday night.

Franks hit four shots during a halftime promotion during the Minot Ryan-South Prairie high school basketball game — connecting on a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot in succession — to win $10,000.

Video of the feat circulated on social media and the Minot Daily News reported on it while covering the game, a 78-38 Ryan victory in North Dakota Class B hoops.

The promotion, called the Northern Bottling/Gatorade Halftime Shootout according to the Daily News, required Franks to make the four shots in succession in 25 seconds or less.


Franks made the layup, free throw and 3-pointer from the top of the key easily — the crowd at the Ryan gym getting more excited and vocal with each make.

Franks then dribbled quickly to the other end of the court, gathered himself — someone in the crowd yelled, "Shoot the ball!" — took a couple of steps toward half-court and heaved a one-handed throw at the basket. The ball banked off the backboard and went cleanly through the basket, setting off a wild celebration.

Franks raised his arms in the air and running and jumping, fans young and old stormed the court to mob him and Franks was lifted into the air during the excitement.

One of the Twitter accounts that shared video, 701Sports, tagged media outlets like ESPN, hoping for it to pick up steam nationally.

Mike McFeely is a columnist for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead. He began working for The Forum in the 1980s while he was a student studying journalism at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He's been with The Forum full time since 1990, minus a six-year hiatus when he hosted a local radio talk-show.
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