January 18, 2011
It may not be the single most amazing play of the basketball season, but North Salem (Ore.) High's Avry Holmes put his personal stamp on the best plays of 2010-11 in the state of Oregon with this highlight-reel dunk in a holiday tournament against North Bend (Ore.) High.
As you can see above, the thunder jam was yet another product of a fast-break situation for an athletic team. In fact, if you track the genesis of the play, you'll notice that it kicked off with an air-balled 3-pointer, which can serve as a powerful lesson to all high school hoopsters: If you're going to take the three early in the shot clock, you better hit it. Or at least get some rim and a vertical bounce to keep the rebound in the paint.
That being said, the way Holmes threw down this dunk in particular certainly makes it appear that no one was going to stop him. And we mean no one. Any dunk that is so powerful that a newspaper -- in this case the Coos Bay World -- dubs it a "Monster Dunk" in print is not going to be stopped by normal defending.
The only thing that could have happened to additional North Bend defenders who tried to get in the way would have been akin to a Vince Carter-Frederic Weis situation. Holmes completely steamrolled one defender as it was, and that was plenty enough for all parties, it seemed.
Given the fact that North Salem crushed North Bend, 70-42, in the Les Schwab South Coast Holiday Basketball Tournament, that was all for the best.