NORTHWEST GLENDALE — Hometown heroics trumped star power on Friday night in the fourth-annual Stars Shooting for Hope celebrity basketball game, which filled the bleachers of the Hoover High gymnasium for a charitable cause, while once again putting on an exciting hoops exhibition between local teachers and administrators and celebrities from the worlds of Hollywood and sports.
Proceeds from admission, raffles and a silent auction raised $3,000, the most in the history of the event, for the Desi Geestman Foundation, which provides direct services to childhood cancer patients.
"It seriously gets better every single year," said Hoover teacher Edgar Melik-Stepanyan, who organized the event with help from the Hoover and Toll Middle School Associated Student Bodies. "Everything's flowed so smoothly."
Recent Hoover graduate and former Tornadoes player Samson Injigulyan scored 11 fourth-quarter points for the teachers, who held the celebrities without a field goal for the first seven minutes of the 10-minute final period to build a 12-point lead and then survived a furious celebrity rally to pull out a 66-63 win.