With rosters studded with notable names such as Chris Mullin, Mike Breen, Paris Horne, Justin Burrell, Danny Green and Scott Machado, the 2012 Malone Mulhall Benefit Game honored the memory of Jamie and Paige Malone and Michael Mulhall who lost their lives in a car crash on their way to Camp ANCHOR, a camp for special needs children. Despite the wet weather outside, the second annual benefit entertained a packed house of fans at Adelphi University with a shooting contest, a dunk contest, and an all-star game that featured a number of St. John's alumni.
The festivities started off with a three-point contest where San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green tied last year's winner and former Providence guard Jeff Xavier with 21 shots made from deep.
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Meanwhile, Paris Horne defended his 2011 dunk contest title against Vernon Goodridge, the former LaSalle forward. Goodridge won in a close decision with 106 points over Horne's 105.
Then it was game time. In the charity game, Coach Chris Mullin's squad, led by Horne and Justin Burrell, defeated Mike Breen's team, which included Green and Scott Machado, by a score of 114-104. Horne scored 20 points with 3 assists. Burrell added 25 points with 6 rebounds.
During halftime, some campers from Camp ANCHOR participated in a dance that was heavily cheered on by the crowd [video].
Players and coaches lined up at the end of the game to continue signing autographs and taking pictures with spectators.
"It was a beautiful testament to the three kids. It's wonderful these players are spending their time here," said Jim Malone, the father of Jamie and Paige. "It was a great feel."
Though lost tragically at such young ages, the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game brought happiness and joy to the special needs population the same way Jamie, Paige, and Michael did. And the game brings awareness to Camp ANCHOR.
All proceeds and donations from the game will be directed to The Jamie and Paige Malone Foundation and the Michael Mulhall Memorial Scholarship at the University of Scranton. For more information on how to donate or find out more, see the Malone Mulhall Benefit Game's website.