Feb. 25, 2012
Siena Men's Soccer midfielder John Maleganos will take the biggest shot of his life Sunday, but it won't be on the soccer pitch. The finalist in the Northeastern Fine Jewelry Shooting Stars contest, Maleganos will get one chance at a half court short for $25,000 during the men's basketball game vs. Canisius tipping at 2 p.m. at the Times Union Center.
Maleganos was one of 13 fans randomly selected at Siena men's basketball home games during the regular season to participate in the Northeastern Fine Jewelry $25,000 Shooting Stars competition.
Each fan selected had 45 seconds to score as many points as possible from designated areas on the court. Maleganos racked up 400 points - 50 more than the nearest contestant - during his shooting session on Feb. 3.
As the top scorer, Maleganos earned the opportunity to shoot for the grand prize of $25,000 during Sunday's final regular season home game between Siena and Canisius. He will receive a $1,000 gift card to Northeastern Fine Jewelry as the finalist.
Maleganos, 19, is a sophomore at Siena majoring in accounting and a member of the men's soccer team. After red-shirting last year, Maleganos played in seven games making one start this year for the Saints.
The 2009 finalist, Cohoes native Brendan Bradt, sent thousands of Siena fans into hysteria when he hit the shot from half court and landed the grand prize of $25,000 from Northeastern Fine Jewelry.
The magical moment has been immortalized on the video sharing site YouTube and was also on ESPN SportsCenter where the shot was voted number two among the top ten plays of the day.
The $25,000 Shooting Stars Contest is sponsored by Northeastern Fine Jewelry, the official jeweler of Siena Athletics.