The Washington state basketball tournament is held at three different locations in the state each year, with Spokane traditionally hosting the 1B and 2B boys and girls divisions, bringing pre-March Madness delirium to the Apple State while stealing the thunder from Gonzaga as the days slip away before the NCAA Tournament. Considering the fact that all the different classes compete for state titles in Spokane, one wouldn’t naturally look to Class 2B, one of the smallest divisions, to bring the biggest or most powerful highlights.
Yet that’s precisely what happened in 2013, with one Spokane (Wa.) St. George’s School star bringing down the house … and the entire hoop.
As brought to Prep Rally’s attention by MaxPreps, St. George’s forward Dexter Sienko elevated to throw down a jam in his team’s Hardwood Classic semifinal against Morton-White Pass (Wa.) High. The junior easily slid past the MWP defense and cleanly completed his dunk, then trotted up court as the basket collapsed like a deflating bouncy castle.
The basket collapse was a fairly stunning turn in a tight game that went down to the wire, and eventually landed St. George’s a spot in the state title game. The Dragons held on for a 73-69 victory in overtime after surviving a situation in which they probably should have lost with less than a second remaining in regulation. With the Dragons holding a one-point lead, St. George’s fouled a MWP player in the paint on a put back attempt. The shooter hit just one of the two free throws, forcing overtime rather than close the game out.
That gave more opportunity for Sienko, who scored a game-high 28 points, 10 of them in overtime. Still, none were anywhere near as emphatic as the dunk he finished that brought about a temporary delay while officials at the Spokane Arena fixed the upright and got the basket back up and operational.
A day later, St. George’s topped Colfax (Wa.) High to earn a state title. The subsequent celebration was a memorable one for Sienko and all his teammates. More memorable than Sienko’s amazing collapsible slam? Probably not.
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