In the span of a week, two prep basketball players unleashed rim-breaking, backboard-shattering dunks in the first half that forced their respective schools to reschedule games.
On Tuesday, Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) forward Noah Arciero plucked a steal at the free-throw line and broke the rim where it meets the backboard on a first-quarter dunk, The Saratogian game story explained (h/t Big Lead). As a result, host Ballston Spa (N.Y.) had to reschedule the game, trailing Arciero's Scotties 8-3 just 91 seconds into the contest.
At least Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek senior Nubian Spann made it to the second quarter.
Five days after Arciero's slam, Spann threw down a backboard-shattering alley-oop against Apex (N.C.) that stopped the game with the 6-foot-3 forward's Catamounts leading, 20-14. That game will also be rescheduled at a later date, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Remarkably, Spann's dunk was the first of his career. One dunk, one shattered backboard.
“I don’t feel anything right now,” Spann told the Observer. “When I came down, I heard a crack, and I thought the rim just popped. When it came down, it hit my neck and head and it shattered. Then, I looked at my teammates, and it was crazy. It felt good.”
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