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Point Park men's basketball players appear in CBS drama 'Three Rivers'

June 9, 2010

PITTSBURGH -- Five members of the Point Park University men’s basketball team played the role of college basketball players in an episode of the CBS drama ‘Three Rivers’ that aired on the network Saturday, June 5.

When the creators of the show were filming the pilot episode for the series in the spring of 2009, they called upon members of the Point Park men’s team to act out scenes of a college basketball practice.

Although ‘Three Rivers,’ was cancelled shortly after its debut in the fall of 2009, the network decided to air its unused episodes this summer. The pilot episode entitled ‘Win-Loss’ aired for the first time this past Saturday. The rest of the episodes will be shown every Saturday until July 3. Airtime each week is 8 p.m.

To watch the pilot episode of CBS' 'Three Rivers' entitled 'Win-Loss,' CLICK HERE

The Point Park players (pictured below) portrayed the Duquense University men's basketball team. Actual Duquesne players were not permitted to represent their school in this way, so the creators of the show turned to Point Park for help.

Three Rivers TV shoot

THREE RIVERS CAST: On hand for the filming of the 'Three Rivers' pilot were (left to right): Kevin Taylor, sports information director, Dante Anglin, Devon Alexander, actor B.J. Britt, Franco Sebastiani, Josh Trocchio, Mike Carr and Sam Kosanovich, Point Park women's basketball head coach.

‘Three Rivers’ is a medical drama that is centered on transplantation. The series is set in Pittsburgh, and the pilot episode was filmed here in April of last year.

The premise of the pilot episode is that a star basketball player who is highly desired by the NBA has a medical emergency during a practice session that requires a transplant.

The basketball scenes were filmed at Duquesne University’s A.J. Palumbo Center, and the players in the scene were portraying Duquesne University men’s basketball players. Since actual Duquesne players were not allowed to represent their school in this way, the creators of the show turned to nearby Point Park for help.

Point Park men’s basketball players Dante Anglin (North Hills), Devon Alexander (McKeesport), Mike Carr (Munhall), Franco Sebastiani (Greensburg) and Josh Trocchio (North Hills) were cast right away. Others who appeared as players in the basketball scenes were selected from a group of Duquesne students who tried out the week before filming. None of those played varsity basketball for Duquesne.

The five Point Park players were joined in the basketball scenes by B.J. Britt, the actor who played the role of the star player and by four Duquesne University students who answered the casting call the week before.

Anglin, a 6-4 junior forward, was assigned the task of guarding Britt, whose name in the show was Anton Weathers. Anglin is shown in the episode wearing a blue jersey with the No. 33 on the back. The other four Point Park players served as Weathers’ teammates in white uniforms.

Point Park also had a hand in lending basketball expertise to the film crew. Point Park women’s basketball head coach Sam Kosanovich was the only one present for the filming who had college basketball coaching experience. In addition to posing as a coach in the show, Kosanovich was in charge of devising the plays that the players ran during the filming.

Kosanovich also was in charge of running the casting call like a college basketball practice. On that day, he put the young men through drills to show their basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and their sense for running designed plays.

The players had to run about a half dozen plays during filming, and it took numerous takes to perfect each one. In all, the basketball scenes took two days to film, although the actual footage in the show lasts only a few minutes.

The pilot episode of ‘Three Rivers’ was directed by Dan Attias, who has other credits as a director of episodes for HBO’s ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘Entourage’ among others.