The annual PLNU SlamFest, an event to showcase the players’ skills, took place on the night of Oct. 16 the Golden Gymnasium, just a little over two weeks before the men’s and women’s basketball seasons tip-off. The event consisted of a game of knockout, a three-point competition and a dunk contest.
Senior forward Preston Beverly for the men’s team, who led the team last season with 15.6 points per game, won the dunk contest for the second year in a row. Sophomore guard Sydney Peterson for the women’s team, who led last season with 63 three-point field goals and 209 three-point field goal attempts, won the three-point competition, also for the second year in a row.
“I think SlamFest is an introduction of basketball and just our season,” said Peterson. “Introducing us to the Point Loma community, just get people to come out to our games this season.”
The SlamFest event tries to bring the fun out of both the players and the fans in attendance. “We all get to come out to our favorite song, walk out, the lights are off, there was a smoke machine, just a fun little event,” said Peterson. “I think it’s a big thing not only for the fans to know about that but for the team to get ready and reach our goal of being the best.”
With this spectacular event behind us, we look forward to the upcoming opening games for the men’s and women’s teams. The men open up against Saint Katherine in an exhibition game at home on Oct. 30, followed by the Sea Lion Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 9. The women open up against Loyola Marymount in an exhibition in Los Angeles, while their first home game is against Simon Fraser on Nov. 12.