Photo: Courtney Blasl

The Harlem Wizards wowed a crowd of about 750 spectators in the Riverhead High School gym last night with their entertaining brand of hoops and alley oops.

Their crowd-pleasing fancy footwork, basketball tricks and comedy on the court thrilled kids of all ages. A Riverhead faculty team took on the Wizards — or tried to. They were all good sports.

The event featured one unusual mishap. A slam-dunk by the Wizards player “Sarge” took out the backboard. The safety glass crumbled into what seemed like a million pieces as the hoop detached from the board — astonishing players and audience alike.

The Wizards are buying the school a new backboard, said event organizer Gregory Wallace.

The event is an annual fundraiser for the Riverhead Central Faculty Association scholarship fund.

Last night’s edition raised $8,500 for the funs, Wallace said.

“All monies go directly to the students of Riverhead. The support we have received for this community event has enabled the RCFA to increase the number of scholarships as well as the monetary value awarded to our students,” he said.

RiverheadLOCAL photos by Courtney Blasl

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