Roundup: Catamount dunk brings game to shattering end

tstevens@newsobserver.comJanuary 10, 2014 

Panther Creek's Nubian Spann shatters the backboard during their game against Apex on Friday, January 10, 2014. The game was suspended in the second quarter. Panther Creek was leading Apex 20-14 with 6:54 remaining in the first half.


Panther Creek senior Nubian Spann brought the Catamounts’ showdown with Apex to a stunning halt on Friday night when his fastbreak dunk shattered the backboard in a shower of glass.

The dunk – Spann’s first in high school – forced the game between Southwest Athletic Conference front-runners to be postponed because there was no backup backboard. The game will resume with with Panther Creek leading 20-14 with 6:54 remaining in the second quarter.

Spann suffered a small cut on the left side of his neck.

“I don’t feel anything right now,” Spann said with a smile. “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.”

Spann’s dunk – posted on YouTube – came after an alley-oop pass from Juan Munoz.

“He threw it up, and I just went to go get it,” Spann said. “I’m excited right now.

“I saw the ball in my hand going in the rim, and I just dropped down. It was just crazy. I felt good when I did it, though.”

Clark gets quadruple-double: Clayton senior Gary Clark posted a quadruple double in a 67-46 victory over West Johnston. Clark had 22 points, 21 rebounds, 10 assists and 15 blocked shots.

Martins lead Oak Hill: Caleb and Cody Martin, a pair of N.C. State recruits, scored 19 and 14 points as Oak Hill Academy defeated Durham Mount Zion 72-62. The was close for three quarters with nine lead changes and eight ties. Mount Zion trailed 47-45 following a Bunch dunk with 7:39 to go, but Oak Hill ran off nine straight points coming from four different players.

Northern Durham cruises: East Chapel Hill slowed down top-ranked Northern Durham, but the Knights claimed a 59-37 Piedmont Athletic 4A Conference victory. Northern Durham is 13-1, 2-0.

“I thought we played really well,” said Northern Durham coach Ronnie Russell. “East Chapel Hill was the first team that we’ve played that packed back in a zone. I thought we attacked it very well.”

Ricky Council had 20 points in the win.

Webb steals win: Oxford Webb made 16 steals and Tyrek Beverly scored 30 points as the Warriors took a 70-57 Big Eight 3A Conference win over Cardinal Gibbons. Webb’s Stefan Cates had 15 points and six steals.

“I was feeling good and I’ve got to thank my teammates for giving me the ball,” Beverly said. “They opened up things for me.”

Caps top Wakefield: Austin Burnette scored 16 points in Broughton’s 73-44 Cap Eight win over Wakefield. Broughton (11-3, 4-1 in Cap Eight, No. 6 in N&O) also go 13 points from Jerome Robinson.

Garner stops Southeast Raleigh: Garner played one of its best games of the season as it handily knocked Southeast Raleigh, 70-51. Southeast Raleigh is ranked No. 9 in the N&O.

Person nips Jordan: Person nipped Durham Jordan 75-74 in a Piedmont Athletic 4A Conference game. Person (10-3, 1-1) is No. 15 in the N&O while Jordan (10-4, 1-1) is No. 10.

Knightdale runs: Knightdale ran past Rolesville 90-41 as five Knights scored in double figures. Daquan Lilly had 17 points.

Leesville tops Wake Forest: Leesville Road held off Wake Forest to claim a 63-60 Cap Eight 4A victory. Sanders Rohs had 23 points in the win.

Rams impress: Word of God took an impressive 70-45 victory over Fayetteville Trinity Christian.

Corinth Holders tops South Johnston: Alan Forrest scored all 12 points in the second half as Corinth Holders defeated South Johnston 39-25. Will Holmes had 17 points for South.

Thompson nets 27: Jason Thompson of Cary Christian scored 27 points in a 63-34 win over Halifax Academy.

Enloe takes OT win: Enloe scored 15 points in overtime to claim a 79-71 Cap Eight win over Sanderson. Enloe’s Cam Lewis and Sanderson’s Taj Thompson each had 22 points.

Lee falls: Lee County, No. 4 in the N&O, had its worst shooting night of the season as it lost to Fayetteville Terry Sanford 58-36.


Reid reaches 1,000: Cardinal Gibbons senior Morgan Reid scored the 1,000 point of her career in helping the Crusaders take a 61-25 victory over Oxford Webb. The 5-foot-6 senior

scored 16 points and now has 1,008 career points. She is averaging 12.9 points, 5.7 assists and 3.2 steals for Gibbons (11-3, 5-0 in the Big Eight 3A, and No. 11 in the N&O).

Tigers cruise: Top-ranked and undefeated Chapel Hill pounded Orange 90-16 in a Big Eight 3A game.

Hunter scores 37: Grace Hunter scored 37 points in Athens Drive’s 63-35 win over Middle Creek.

Southeast Raleigh beats Garner: Southeast Raleigh (12-2, 6-0 in the Greater Neuse, No. 2 in the N&O) had no trouble taking a 76-31 conference victory.

Duo pace Caps: Kaila Ealey scored 20 points and Mariah Wall had 18 as Broughton (11-2, 5-0 in Cap Eight, No. 3 in the N&O) beat Wakefield 63-49.

Castagnero leads Apex: Mia Castagnero scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds as (12-3, 3-1 in Southwest Wake, No. 4 in the N&O) beat Panther Creek 57-25.

Cary handles Bengals: Cary snapped a two-game losing streak with a 44-21 Southwest Wake Athletic victory over Fuquay-Varina. The Imps are 11-3 overall, 3-2 in the league and No. 7 in the N&O.

Holly Springs upended: Green Hope pulled a Southwest Wake Athletic upset with a 57-46 win over Holly Springs. Alli Winiecki had 18 points for Green Hope (5-8 and 3-2).

Clayton nips West Johnston: Clayton made a key steal in the closing minutes to slip away from West Johnston, 50-44, in a Greater Neuse 4A game. The Comets are No. 10 in the N&O, 10-4 overall and 5-2 in the league.

Northwood falls: Pittsboro Northwood, No. 12 in the N&O, scored only one point in the quarter of a 46-37 loss to Cedar Ridge. Kacia Vines scored 20 and Taylor Burton had 14 in the win.

Leesville Road nips Cougars: Leesville Road used a balanced attack to offset 19 points by Wake Forest’s Tatyana Jackson in a 38-36 win. The Pride’s Kelly Funderburk scored 11 points in the win.

Ravens rally: Ravenscroft out-scored Charlotte Christian by 11 points in the fourth quarter in a 55-44 victory. Cailin Dorsey had 14 points in the victory.

Mike Potter, Lee Montgomery, J. Mike Blake and D. Clay Best contributed to this story.

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