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Wildcats, Wildchairs play tonight

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Senior center Channing Frye squares up for a shot during the 2003 Lame for a Game wheelchair exhibition in McKale Center. Frye and the Wildcats will play tonight at 7. The Wildcats defeated the Wildchairs last year, 85-77, but only after the Wildcats were relegated to standing up and throwing down "frustration dunks."
By Roman Veytsman
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday, April 7. 2005
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The UA men's and women's basketball teams will be back on the court tonight at 7 in McKale Center, but this time they will be sitting down.

The 22nd annual Lame for a Game charity event features the Arizona wheelchair basketball team, the Wildchairs, against the UA Wildcats.

"It's a great thing when you can do something for other people," forward Ivan Radenovic said.

The festivities, which include autograph signing and giveaways serve to promote disability awareness and the Disability Resource Center.

The Wildcats will sit in wheelchairs throughout the game, with the exception of three "frustration dunks" and 10-point half court shots.

Last year's game saw not only just a few frustration dunks, but also a slam-fest by Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala, igniting the crowd. Arizona players entertained the crowd and themselves, complete with an all-out silly string war.

The Wildcats may need to rely on their frustration dunks because the Wildchairs will be competitive, as they practice four times a week under coach Derek Brown.

The team played in the Central Intercollegiate Conference for the first time this year and thoroughly dominated last year's game until the Wildcats started breaking the rules and using their 10-point shots and dunks to their advantage.

The Wildchairs fell to the Wildcats last year, 85-77.

The Wildcat players know it's going to be difficult to compete against the Wildchairs but nonetheless are excited to play.

"It's always fun," center Kirk Walters said. "It's fun to play a different variation of basketball with the guys. Those guys are going to kill us but it's just a great thing to do for charity and we're going to have a blast, and I'm sure they're going to have a blast."

Arizona's team chemistry was extremely high this year and the Wildcats use this game as another team bonding experience as well as a way to get closer with the fans.

"It's great to get together and do something fun, especially because I've never done wheelchair basketball before," freshman guard Daniel Dillon said. "You never realize how tough it is playing their game, but it's good to give back to the community because they are the ones that support us."

Dillon may be a rookie, but fellow freshman Brett Brielmaier has some experience playing in wheelchair games while he was in high school, and may turn out to the secret weapon.

Tickets are $5.

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