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See the play (that’s gone viral) that West Charlotte fans will ‘never forget’

West Charlotte’s Amazing Play

During a playoff win over rival Vance High School, West Charlotte's Patrick Williams, Cartier Jernigan and Quinten Thomas combined for a play that went viral on social media. Video courtesy the Cannady Media Group
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During a playoff win over rival Vance High School, West Charlotte's Patrick Williams, Cartier Jernigan and Quinten Thomas combined for a play that went viral on social media. Video courtesy the Cannady Media Group

West Charlotte High All-American forward Patrick Williams said his team needed a boost during Thursday’s 69-63 second-round playoff win over Vance.

“We came out sluggish,” said Williams, who has signed with Florida State, “more sluggish than we usually do. We needed an energy booster.”

A memorable play Thursday gave the Lions that boost.

As Vance High’s Brandon Beidleman attempted a layup, Devontez Walker blocked the shot. The ball went to West Charlotte’s Cartier Jernigan, who threw an outlet pass to teammate Quinten Thomas, who was speeding down the court.

Jernigan’s pass bounced high and Thomas was able to catch it, and dunk it, in one motion.

During the play, the ball touched the court just one time.

The crowd in West Charlotte’s gym went nuts.

The video, shot by Charlotte’s Cannady Media Group, was picked up by several national outlets, including MaxPreps and Deadspin, and immediately went viral on social media.

“That play kind of sealed it for us,” said Williams, whose team will play at Olympic in Saturday’s third-round playoff game. “For a minute there, I couldn’t hear anything (after the dunk). Everybody was hype. Everybody was running around.

“I’ll remember that one forever. I’ll never forget that one.”

Olympic High's Josh Banks had 27 points to lead his team to a second round playoff win Thursday, Feb. 28. After the game he talked with Langston Wertz Jr. about the win and about playing West Charlotte in Saturday's sectional final.

Langston Wertz Jr. is an award-winning sports journalist who has worked at the Observer since 1988. He’s covered everything from Final Fours and NFL to video games and Britney Spears. Wertz -- a West Charlotte High and UNC grad -- is the rare person who can answer “Charlotte,” when you ask, “What city are you from.”


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