By Keith McShea
On Friday night, in the fourth quarter of what would be a 77-75 win for Park over visiting Nichols, I saw one of the best high school dunks I've ever seen.
This is how I saw it. I stand by my use of ALL CAPS. :-)
Later in the live blog I said that it might have been the greatest I've ever seen. It's on the short list.
One by Jamestown's Jaysean Paige certainly came to mind, especially Monday after he verballed to Southern Miss; there's Jonny Flynn's putback dunk for Niagara Falls against Fairport in the regionals at Buffalo State, there were a handful by Paul Harris of the Falls (watch a bunch here or a bunch more here). This season, Donte Williams of Bishop Timon-St. Jude had a great one in the first game I saw this year) while Stafford Trueheart has had some fine finishes of alley-oops for Canisius.
The thing that made it such an impressive dunk was that most times -- especially in high school games -- your big dunks are coming on fast breaks or at least with a running start. This one just exploded in what seemed to be a couple of steps after Foster got the ball in the lane.
My jaw dropped and it stayed that way for a couple of possessions up and down the floor.
To back up this highlight-worthy play, Foster had about five more big plays in the final minutes for Park, including a slick go-ahead basket in the lane and two steals to stymie any potential answers from Nichols (Check lower down below for my own iPhone videos of the end of the game).
I tweeted after they game that I'd love to see video of the dunk, and here are two:
This video was provided by the team after they edited their game video:
This version is one I actually like better -- it was emailed to me by Park girls player Seychelle Mikofsky and taken by teammate Jennine Terra Rybicki (THANKS for the assist -- get it? -- ladies).
It's crooked and fuzzy, but it's from the bleachers and really gives you an idea of how the crowd went nuts.
(I was watching from next to the scorer's table, which is on the other side of the court, to the left of the Park bench that you can see here).
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Below are my iPhone video highlights from the end of the game. As I said above, Foster followed up the fourth-quarter dunk with several more key plays.
Here's the link to the live blog of the 77-75 win for Park over Nichols if you want more details on those last few minutes.
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