Rizzo: Voss, McPherson put hidden talents on display

Posted: Mar. 17, 2013 12:31 am Updated: Apr. 7, 2013 1:15 am

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Jake Voss made it look easy.

Matt McPherson wasn't quite so smooth.

Saturday night during the 31st WBBA Classic All-Star Game Saturday at Voshall Gymnasium, the senior basketball standouts wanted to showcase their hidden talents.

Voss, a 6-foot-1 guard from Payson Seymour, never attempted a dunk in a game, while McPherson, a 6-9 center from Quincy Notre Dame, never took a 3-pointer. The opportunity to try was too enticing to pass up when the dunk competition and 3-point shootout rolled around.

McPherson didn't stop there either.

He went 2 of 15 in the 3-point shootout and got the chance for a little amends during the all-star game, although his attempt in the second quarter clanked off the rim.

"I'm at zero percent for my career," McPherson said. "I thought it was a good opportunity to extend my game out a bit."

He knew better than to try that during the regular season, expecting QND coach Scott Douglas, who also coached the North team Saturday night, to disapprove. McPherson doesn't believe Douglas would have been the only one.

"If I made it, he would have yelled at me after the game," McPherson said. "If I missed it, I probably would have been pulled off and coach (Bob) Sheffield would have gotten after me for every single right reason."

Voss probably wouldn't have met the same objections if he attempted a dunk during a high school game, especially if he would have got up the way he did Saturday night.

"I haven't practiced it since the beginning of the season," Voss said. "I was a little worried I was going to mess it up, but it went alright."

Starting from outside the 3-point line, Voss tossed the ball in the air and let it bounce before jumping up and put his first attempt down with two hands.

His second attempt was also good before he lost a handle on his third try.

"I just wanted to alley-oop to myself and go off the glass," Voss said. "I was going to windmill one, but I missed it."

What he didn't miss was the chance to sparkle during the game.

Voss and McPherson teamed together to help the North team to a 129-87 win over the South team. QND's Alex Fitch scored 25 points and was named MVP of the North team and won the slam dunk competition. Pittsfield's Kennedy Kattelman scored 14 points and was named MVP of the South team.

Neither Voss nor McPherson won an individual award, but both enjoyed the experience.

"That was different," Voss said. "I had never put one down in front of a crowd of people. It was cool."



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