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Providence Hall's ChallengeBall event on Friday night at Westmont was a huge success. The exhibition basketball game fundraiser pitted the Providence Hall All-Stars against the Past Prime Time Players. There were over 500 people packing the stands, representing a wide range of basketball fans. Female basketball players from Buena High School to Dos Pueblos High School were on hand to watch former college women basketball stars take on the men. There were boosters from UCSB and Westmont in attendance to catch players they use to root for on the college court play in a unique and exciting competition. Church congregations eagerly cheered on their pastors and to see if their pastors, who played college ball, could back up on the court all of their sports analogies they have shared from the pulpit. Current women college players from Westmont rooted on their senior teammates. Fans of the UCSB "Legend of the Dome" cheered on Carrick DeHart, who did not disappoint by leading all scorers with 31 points. Providence Hall students and families supported their athletic program at the first ChallengeBall, a fundraiser to help provide funds for the athletic department as the Lions enter the CIF next season. There was an amazing amount of energy at the game. Mr. Santa Barbara Larry Crandell and Dr. David Winter tipped things off with a comedy routine at center court.
The game itself was a run and gun affair that kept the fans on the edge of their seats. The Past Prime Time Players were able to outrun and outrebound the younger Providence Hall All-Stars, who were comprised of 10 former college basketball stars from UCSB, Westmont, USC, and other colleges. Several Providence Hall Lady Lions had the privilege of teaming up with the All-Stars. The Past Prime Time Players were led by DeHart, former Westmont star Corey Blick, and were coached by Westmont's John Moore. The game was see-saw throughout, and the old timers prevailed 104-92. Everyone had a wonderful time.