They shoot, they score! The Portland Trail Blazers season is off to a winning start and the WALLY Team is pumped to be part of all the Rip City game-day action.
This year, we’re hosting our Free Throwdown competition at various home games throughout the season, where fans can compete head-to-head for a free T-shirt and the bragging rights of a pop-a-shot pro. Season leaders have a chance to compete in one of four Free Throwdown Showdowns on the Blazers’ court at halftime, and the winners of the Showdown will win a customized Trail Blazers jersey!
Here’s the low-down on what it takes to Throwdown.
The 1-on-1 tournament officiated by the WALLY team takes place before tip-off from the PEMCO booth inside Moda Center. The objective is to sink as many baskets as you can in 60 seconds, with the ultimate goal of beating your competition and scoring enough points to be a season leader. The player with the most baskets at the buzzer wins an official 2014-15 Free Throw Down t-shirt, and the chance to compete on court for our three remaining Showdowns throughout the season.
We’ve split up our competition into four qualifying rounds and each round will have two season leaders who’ll have a chance to advance to one Free Throwdown Showdown!
Each leader will receive two tickets to the game, and they’ll put their shooting skills to the test when they face off for 30 seconds on court from the free throw line. The player that scores the most points wins the GRAND PRIZE: A customized Portland Trail Blazers jersey!
Just take it from Rick, our very first Free Throwdown Showdown winner. Rick and his opponent, Colby, went head-to-head in a heated battle on the Blazers court. In the end, Rick was victorious by sinking 11 free throws. His words of advice to future Free Throwdown Showdown competitors: “Get a lot of shots up and practice!”
Be sure to keep your eyes open for the WALLY team at various home games for your chance to show us what you’ve got. We hope you’ll join us for some Free Throwdown!