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Beat the Clock, Win a Truck

by Laura Overdeck

Basketball isn’t just about chucking the ball so it lands in the net. There’s a lot of excitement in how you throw the ball, and how far. You can do a layup, where you run to the basket and jump high to toss the ball with one hand. You can shoot from far away: from the free-throw mark, the 3-point line (a big half-circle around the net), and even the half-court line. Well, a Drake University student name Alex Tillinghast had the chance to win a Ford F-150 pickup truck if he could do all 4 of those moves in less than 30 seconds. As you can see in this video, there was a lot of drama and suspense as he missed his first couple of shots, but suddenly he got in a groove and started making the shots. Watch to see whether he can do it!

Wee ones: What shape is a basketball?

Little kids: If Alex did a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot, then repeated that all over again, what would the 7th shot be?  Bonus: Alex took his final shot just 2 seconds before the 30-second buzzer went off. How many seconds had passed?

Big kids: Given that a free throw is 15 feet from the basket, a 3-pointer is about 20 feet, and half-court is 42 feet, how many (horizontal) feet total did the ball travel on those 3 throws?  Bonus: If Alex did a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot, then repeated that over and over, what would the 34th shot be?

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: A sphere, which is the 3-dimensional shape; or a circle in profile.

Little kids: A 3-pointer.  Bonus: 28 seconds.

Big kids: About 77 feet.  Bonus: A free throw, since it’s the 2nd shot in each set of 4.

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