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.
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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