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Soccer player at Tennessee college hits four basketball shots worth $10,000

At a preseason event earlier this week for the men's basketball team at Bryan College, a Christian school in Tennessee, Gustavo Angel Tamayo made an unlikely combination of basketball shots to win himself $10,000.

Tamayo had to make a lay-up, a free throw, a three-pointer and a bomb from midcourt without missing a shot – all in less than 30 seconds and getting his own rebounds to boot.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tamayo grew up in England, is a senior and an athlete and a member of the college's soccer team. But he has never played basketball. 

He doesn't even take throw-ins for the soccer team, he told the paper. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand," he added.

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His half-court shot dropped through the basket just as time expired.

"I'm not sure there's a tougher contest," Don Rekoske, the Bryan basketball coach, told the Times Free Press. "He had to go four-for-four, and you have to be hurried to make it within 30 seconds. It's a very tough contest to win, but when you win you get paid for it. He won $10,000; some will probably go toward his school bill and some in his pocket."

"It's just an amazing feeling," Tamayo said of the experience. "It was awesome to share it with all my friends."

Tamayo is a senior who presumably doesn't have too much tuition left to pay, but he isn't likely to hang onto his earnings for long. 

"Everyone wants a piece of the pie, so I guess I'm just going to hand out $1 bills," he said.

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