By Jovani Gama |Sports Editor|
The men’s basketball team had a chance to avenge a loss they suffered earlier in the season against the powerful Chico State Wildcats, and claim first place in the CCAA potentially,
Beforehand, they had to take care of business against a tough Cal State Stanislaus Warriors squad.
The Coyotes did just that, putting forth an effective balanced attack on both the defensive and offensive end.
Four players scored in double players, and seven players contributed with assists as the Coyotes beat down the Wildcats with a final score of 82-55.
The game, however, was highlighted by a monstrous dunk by Kwame Alexander.
Alexander, who is a juggernaut on fast breaks, previously caught an alley-oop and literally brought down the backboard on a thunderous dunk. At that time, Alexander’s ferocious dunk was considered to be one of the dunks of the year, and the best of his career.
It didn’t take long for him to outdo himself, however. On a fast break against the Warriors, Alexander caught a pass at around the free-throw line, took off and jumped through and almost over the Warriors 6-foot-7 inch defender who was attempting to take a charge.
Not only was the charge not called, but the defender officially became a part of Alexander’s poster collection.
The dunk was the talk of the school, and soon of the cyber world, as it hit many different sites including YouTube, and Yahoo. Only adding to the hype was its appearance on SportsCenter’s top 10, coming second only to New York Knick’s sensation, Jeremy Lin’s, heroic game winning shot.
Here at CSUSB, students cannot seem to stop talking about the dunk.
“It’s the best dunk I’ve ever seen,” said student Alex Gomez. “I think it’s even better than Blake Griffin’s.”
You can check the dunk out for yourself with one quick google search on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qxJ8F2zWmY.
The dunk was impressive, though not as much as the victory over the Warriors, but the Coyotes had little time to celebrate as they had to prepare for their showdown against Chico State.
With first place on the line, the Wildcats proved that for now, they are the team to beat in the CCAA as they dominated the Coyotes, winning the game with a final score of 73-55.
The loss was the largest margin in the series history for the Coyotes and it marked the first time this season that CSUSB did not lead in a game according to csusbathletics.com.
The Wildcats clawed straight through the Coyotes zone defense, as they shot a ridiculous 56.5 percent from the field for the game. They dominated the entire game, leading by as many as 21 points in the game, and never leading by less than 14.
Dunk 1: Pulling Down the Basket:
Dunk 2: SUPERMAN