Charlotte, N.C. - Niner Nation saw the first
glimpse of the 2012-13 editions of the 49ers men's and women's basketball
programs at a festive Basketball Madness, Thursday, October 18.
over 2600 fans in attendance, Niner Nation was entertained with a program that included
player introductions, pep talks from head coaches Cara Consuegra and Alan
Major, a skills challenge and a dunk contest. Back for the second year as host was
49ers alum and current meteorologist for WACH FOX 57 in Columbia, South
Carolina, Garrett Bedenbaugh. Last season, Bedenbaugh, Norm The
Niner and several members of the Gold Dusters dance team began Madness by
dancing the Wobble. This season, Bedenbaugh, Norm and the Gold Dusters kicked
off Madness by dancing to Gangnam Style.
the highlights of the evening was members of the 49ers football team lining up
on the basketball court and running a play. After that 49ers football coach
Brad Lambert talked to Niner Nation.
several members of the 49ers men's and women's basketball team took part in an
entertaining choreographed dance routine. Next, the men's and women's players
and some members of the student body participated in a skills challenge involving
dribbling between cones, shooting and riding a tricycle.
evening culminated with the slam dunk contest between men's basketball players
Darion Clark, Willie Clayton and Terrence Williams. Williams, who reached the
finals of last season's slam dunk contest, defeated Clayton in the finals after
slamming home a pass from Pierria Henry, who was standing on the concourse of
dunk contest also featured a "surprise dunker" senior guard Colby Lewis, who
dunked on a toy basket at center court.
reminded that the 49ers will hold Fan Day in Halton Arena on Saturday, Oct. 20
at 2 p.m. The doors open at 1:30 pm. The 49ers women's basketball team will
scrimmage at 2 pm and the men's basketball team will scrimmage at 2:30 pm. Both
teams will be signing autographs, and inflatable activities will be available
for kids, along with the opportunity for Junior 49ers Club members to interview
team host Pfeiffer in an exhibition game in Halton Arena on Thursday, November
1 at 7 pm. Charlotte tips off the regular-season against Charleston Southern in
Halton Arena on Friday, November 9 at 6 pm.
The women's team plays host Johnson C. Smith in an exhibition game in Halton
Arena on Saturday, November 3 at 7 pm. Charlotte tips off the regular-season
against North Carolina Central in Halton Arena on Friday, November 10 at 6 pm.