Saturday Apr 20 2013
Auburn boy wins Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals
By: Matthew Kimel, Journal sports editor
Benny May sinks 24 of 25 foul shots, will have name inscribed at Naismith HOF
Benny May, as his mother put it, was “so cool under pressure.”
Benny, Auburn’s 4-foot-10 free-throw phenom, took first place Saturday at the Elks Hoop Shoot National Finals in Springfield, Mass., in the 10- and 11-year-old boys division.
The fifth-grader, who attends St. Joseph Catholic School, went 10 for 10 in the opening round and sunk 14 of 15 in the final round.
“It was pretty amazing,” Benny’s mom, Hayden, said by phone from the event’s award ceremony. “There were four that went 10 for 10. When he came up for his (round of) 15, he knew what he had to do at that point.”
The second-place shooter made 23 of 25.
Hayden May said Benny had a pretty big smile on his face after he completed his foul shots.
Benny was awarded a medal and a trophy Hayden said that is almost the same size as her son. Benny's name will also be inscribed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
“A lot of work went in to it,” Hayden May said. “It’s over the moon. I’m so proud.”
Benny and Hayden are flying back to California Sunday — and they’re bringing the trophy on the plane.
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