Red Bull King of the Rock made its inaugural debut at Shelby Park, in the heart of Louisville. The basketball courts at Shelby Park, recently refurbished with funds donated by Rajon Rondo, was the perfect location for the gritty hustle and flow that one-on-one basketball brings. Athletes battled it out on the court under sunny skies and afternoon heat on this summer day. The weather tested the endurance of the competitors during the tournament and made strategic game play a priority as the courts heated up throughout the day.
In the end it was local athlete Dominique Denning who stood alone atop the rock in Louisville. The victory was hard-fought and not without fierce competition from other local athletes including second place finisher Jakki Hobbs. Denning used a balance of aggressive play at the hoop and finesse with his jump shot to navigate his way through the tournament bracket, setting up his game against Hobbs in the final.
Spectators and athletes gathered around the edge of the court as Denning and Hobbs each opened the final game with quick moves to the hoop, each scoring on their first play. Denning then took over with multiple drives to the rim scoring three times in a row and drawing the automatic additional point as he was fouled on each made basket. Denning did not slow his game play and opened a sizeable lead as the clock ran down on the final game.
Denning will represent Louisville at the Red Bull King of the Rock final event at Alcatraz in September.
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