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Trending: Student Makes Fantastic Half-Court Shot For $10,000 Only to Have Prize Taken Away on Ridiculous Technicality

The fine print on the contest contract means the West Chester University student doesn't get the cash prize.

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By Jacklyn Corley

West Chester, Penn. – A college crowd erupted when a student's half-court shot Saturday night seemed to seal a $10,000 contest win.

The only problem? The fine print. Because West Chester University freshman Jack Lavery, 18, made the basket on the second attempt during the halftime challenge, he was ineligible for the prize, according to an Action News report.

Lavery, who SportingNews says played basketball at Hatboro-Horsham High School, was randomly selected for the contest during West Chester University's game against Shippensburg University. He had 25 seconds to make a lay-up, a shot from the behind the free throw line, a shot behind the three-point line, and then the half-court shot. He made all the shots except the last, which he made on a second attempt before time ran out.

Students at West Chester University are now rallying to raise the money for Lavery, according to Action News.
Deep Throat February 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM
It wasn't a ridiculous technicality. It was the rule!! We may not like it but it was a cut and dry rule for the half court shot, one and done. I also read that he couldn't have played basketball as a team sport last year which he also did.But don't worry he is going to probably make more the 10 grand off of all this publicity. The school shouldn't cave and pay him if for no other reason what does that teach?
Emile Mahanti February 18, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Why is this on Farmington patch. This is not local news. Bring Joanie back!
Patricia Murphy February 18, 2014 at 12:52 PM
That is PURE BS!! he had 25 seconds to complete a few obstacles and succeeded! Before the time ran out! Unless it stated only one try for each, SORRY!! NOT COOL AT ALL!
Rebecca February 18, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Trending patch is so annoying. I only want to see the local stuff
Concerned Citizen February 18, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Rules are rules. Especially when they clearly appear in print. Blame West Chester U. for being too cheap to pay for shot insurance that covered two or more attempts at shots instead first shot only. Companies that insure chance shots or holes-in-one for big prizes (cars, cash, trips, etc.) charge a premium based on odds. Those odds get better for the shooter if they can take more than one shot. The premium for multiple shot contests cost more. So....the gripe is with West Chester University who was too cheap to pay a more expensive premium. Tough nuggies for the kid.
Gerry Geisler February 18, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Why is this on Chatham Patch? Isn't Patch supposed to be local news?
theresa barnett February 18, 2014 at 01:52 PM
The other reason was he played basketball in high school . This to me was a total scam. I mean who sold these students to this university? It looks like Mr. Lavery's father had the money for his son to go to a better university. Yea the Devils in the details alright.
David L Yskes February 18, 2014 at 02:06 PM
I laugh at some of these " gimmick " contests, i mean they basically want some 60 yr old 400lb women out on the court who cant dribble the ball... I can remember back in 1998, the owner i worked for at the time, was doing something like this with the local Arena football team, it was to kick a 25 or 30 yr field goal at half time... but the list of things that made you not qualified was laughable.. off the top of my head i can remember it stated, you could not of played any organized football in the last 10 years, you couldnt have played any organized soccer in the last 10 years, no rugby and so on.... So basically you had to be the laziest person available out of 10,000 people...
yannaro February 18, 2014 at 02:25 PM
It wasn't taken away from and he wasn't robbed of the prize. The contract he signed before he started clearly stated he would have only one chance to make the half court shot. He did it on the second. He was allowed more than one chance to make the other two shots. The time limit applied to the overall effort.
TEK Kirby February 18, 2014 at 03:56 PM
I support the school not paying the $10,000. If rules say one shot at each distance then its one shot. I have watched other schools do that with time limit and one shot each distance. If he know how to count after he missed first shot he would have stopped.
CowDung February 18, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Patch: Please stop editorializing the news. The allegation that the "technicality" was "ridiculous" is opinion, not fact.
Edward Bride February 18, 2014 at 04:51 PM
What a stupid headline. How is the techicality "ridiculous"? The contract said that only the first shot would count. Why even take the second shot? It's like taking a shot after the buzzer, and saying that it's ridiculous that the shot didn't count.
mike b February 18, 2014 at 09:45 PM
Hope the guy becomes really successful in life so when the school's alumni association asks for a donation, he can tell them to stick it!!
Mike Kotowski February 18, 2014 at 10:07 PM
I agree the headline is asinine. "Ridiculous" technicality? It is neither ridiculous nor a technicality. Now before the morons start hating, let me say I do feel bad he came close, but didn't quite win....... per the RULES clearly stated in writing on an agreement he signed. The report here is not journalism, it is an opinion/editorial piece. Every contest I or anyone else has ever entered in life has rules and requirements to win the prize. The rules said one shot from half court, not two. Therefore, he did not win. Period, end of story. You may not like the contest rules, but they are what they are in this case. You may not like an apartment lease saying you cannot have pets, or not like the return policy of a store, but that does not make those contractual terms ridiculous or unfair. Thank goodness he was not a minority, or Al Sharpton would be making money playing the race card for this one.
History WT February 18, 2014 at 11:43 PM
1) why am I seeing this in NJ? hire back some local reporters, and 2) here is reality: "In the contract signed by Lavery obtained by Action News, the rules state, "I shall have as many opportunities as necessary at each of the first three (3) locations to make a shot; however, no more than ONE (1) attempt may be made at the HALF COURT shot, provided that there is still time left on the shot clock." CAPITAL LETTERS AND EVERYTHING. So, what is "ridiculous" is The Patch's new journalism standards.
Bill February 19, 2014 at 07:18 AM
This is a non-news story, designed to illicit an emotional response by eliminating relevant facts. Journalism has rules too - research and provide the facts, otherwise your simply writing fiction.
J. Burket February 19, 2014 at 10:34 AM
You're. Other than that, very well stated.
MT Poquets February 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM
another slow day at Patch....I hear there's a cat up a tree in Paris, Kentucky.

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