DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe combined for 176 points at Bledsoe’s first annual Back-to-School Rally charity event in Alabama on Saturday. Allegedly.
We say “allegedly” because charity games do not have officially sanctioned box scores. Surprising, we know.
Both Cousins and Bledsoe, however, retweeted numerous tweets saying Cousins dropped 91 points himself while Bledsoe added 85.
Also, that YouTube video is nearly nine minutes of highlights from the game, courtesy of LivePrepNation.com. Watch it, and this whole thing suddenly becomes much more believable.
Bledsoe and Cousins were teammates at Kentucky during the 2009–10 season and both are Alabama natives.
The charity event was held at Birmingham’s Railroad Park, not far from where Bledsoe played his high school ball at A.H. Parker High. Bledsoe helped hand out book bags and school supplies to the first 300 children in attendance, reports AL.com.
Afterward, the charity game tipped off, pitting Bledsoe and Cousins against each other in a rematch of the 2009 AHSAA Class 5A state championship semifinal game when Bledsoe and Parker defeated Cousins’s LeFlore High squad.
“This is a very special day for me to see the smiles on these kids faces when I hand them a book bag and school supplies,” Bledsoe told AL.com. “I never had anybody do anything like this for me when I was growing up but I’m from here and I want to make a difference in the community.”
- Mike Fiammetta