Warsaw High School selected as host site for Indiana Pacers' 92 County Knockout event

WARSAW, Ind. -- Warsaw High School announced on Tuesday morning it has been chosen as a host site for the statewide 92 County Knockout basketball competition being sponsored by the Indiana Pacers.

The event, which will take place on Jan. 25, aims to, "captivate basketball enthusiasts and drive attendance to the NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis," according to officials.

The game of 'knockout' will happen during halftime of the girls basketball game against Angola.

"The Knockout Competition promises an exhilarating showcase of talent and skill," said Warsaw High School Sports Information Director Roger Grossman. "Fans can look forward to witnessing intense competition and enjoying the electrifying atmosphere as players battle it out on the court."

The Indiana Fever of the WNBA will have players Grace Berger and Lexie Hull in attendance, adding celebrity flare to the local competition.

'Knockout' is a shooting competition traditionally played on playground and in gym classes across the country.  The game requires two balls and starts will all active players lined up behind a set line (usually the free-throw or three-point line).

The game begins when the first person in line shoots their shot. Once that shot reaches the backboard, rim, or hits the floor, the second player in line shoots their shot. Both players scramble to get rebounds and get the ball through the hoop before the other.  

If the first player makes their shot before the second player, they pass the ball to the next person in line and go to the back of the line to continue playing.  If the second shooter makes their shot before the first shooter, the first shooter is eliminated from the game or 'knocked out."

The game continues until only one player remains.

"This event serves as a golden opportunity for the community to come together, celebrate the love of basketball, and support their local teams," Grossman said. "Warsaw Community High School extends a warm invitation to all sports enthusiasts to be part of this unforgettable experience."

The school says students ages 10-18 are encouraged to attend and sign up to participate in this event. Participation forms are located in the Warsaw High School Athletic Office and can be picked up on the day of the game. Forms will be turned in at the start of halftime, prior to participation in the event.

The winner will receive one of the special All-star Indy basketballs, two tickets to the NBA Crossroads event in Indianapolis Feb. 16-18 at the Indiana Convention Center, a signed autograph card from Pacer Tyrese Haliburton and an invitation to a special recognition opportunity at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis prior to All Star.

The Girls Game tips off with JV at 6 p.m. and the varsity to follow around 7:30 p.m.

"Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to celebrate the spirit of basketball and gear up for the NBA All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis," Grossman said.

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