LEXINGTON – Two Clear Fork alumni basketball players competed in the Instant Classic Charity basketball game at Lexington High School Thursday night.
Tyler Ousley and Mark DeLaney used to play together on the basketball court back in the early 2000s and enjoyed the opportunity to play together again.
They along with the All Star Alumni team played against Ohio State University football alumni members.
Members on the OSU team were Roy Hall, Jamie Wood, Nick Patterson, Corey “Pitt” Brown, Gary Berry, Antonio Smith, Tyler Everett, Jay Richardson and Damon Dillard. The team was coached by Obie Stillwell and charity roster spots were Tommy Siegenthaler and Dustin Griffin.
The All Star Alumni team also included Jamie Fieck, Joe Jakubic, Brad Humble, JT Reese, Marquis Sykes, Terrence Davison, Tyler Lilly, Jake Furr and Michael Grist. The team was coached by Rob Barkett and Dan Norris.
The All Star defeated the OSU team 95-78.
The Instant Classic was part of a doubleheader charity event and preceded the 38th annual All Star Classic basketball game, which featured local area high school basketball athletes.
Proceeds from the games go to the children’s department of the Rehah Center, a subdivsion of Catalyst Life Services, which offers services for unmet medical and rehabilitation needs in the North Central Ohio community.
“It’s always good to get out,” Ousley said. ‘It’s for a good cause.”
The game quickly became physical between the two teams. DeLaney wasn’t surprised.
“I wasn’t surprised by how physical it was,” he said. “The coach in me, I was doing some scouting on YouTube and I kind of figured this is how they were going to play.”
The event raised about $17,000 for an not-finalized net total of about $7,500 in proceeds, said Melissa Drozda, events and volunteer coordinator for the center.
Last year, the All Star Classic games raised a $14,000 with a net total of $7,500, she said.
“The Instant Classic Charity and 38th Annual All Star Classic games were great events,” she said.
This year’s event came in second for the highest turnout and proceeds raised, Drozda added.
More than 1,000 people attended the games.
The Rehab Center has been a beneficiary of the annual All Star Classic games for all but one of the 38 years hosted.
“We are truly thankful,” Drozda said.
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