Cops battle cops, but with no weapons more lethal than wicked jump shots

Story and photos by Mike Kellems

While they are always known to team up and fight crime, troopers from the Indiana State Police and police officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office battled it out on the hardwood Wednesday night, April 11, 2018, but all for a good cause.

Officers from both departments got together for a basketball game at South Central High School to help raise funds for “Team JC,” a youth group at Agape Christian Church in LaPorte.

Despite winning the opening tip off, the county team struggled against the younger and well-practiced state team, who jumped off to an early lead. The more “seasoned” county team never backed down! Despite their valiant effort, they were bested by the state by 20 points; the final score was 69-49 in favor of the troopers.

The money raised in this charity event will help support the youth group as they travel on mission trip to New York in July. To show their appreciation to the police officers for their efforts, the youth group made a donation to the Patrolman Neil Thompson Scholarship fund and to the Indiana State Police Memorial Fund.

LaPorte County’s Jon Burger goes up for a trey and …

… nothing but net!

Part of the cheering section.

Photos above and below: The state police team shows its talents.

But there was some cheating by the winners: Here, clearly a touching-the-rim violation, not called by the refs!

The final.

In the end, hoops harmony.

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