Boom goes the dynamite. And down goes the rim.
Will a shattered glass backboard at Kaneland High School affect next week's Class 3A Regional? No.
In fact, Tuesday's frosh-soph game between Kaneland and Batavia was also unaffected.
Kaneland senior standout Dave Dudzinski brought down the house, in a manner of speaking, Monday night after the boys basketball practice. The 6-foot-9 Holy Cross University recruit stayed late along with a couple teammates and an assistant coach so he could practice for the IHSA Slam Dunk Contest. He's applied to participate in it during this year's state tournament in Peoria.
"It was a pretty simple one, just a reverse dunk," he said. "It's not like we were fooling around. It was one of the last ones I was gonna do. In fact, I had just said that it was one I could do if I was getting tired in the competition.
"I just hit the rim and everything came down. There was glass everywhere."
Fortunately, no one was hurt.
Dudzinski hopes he and DeKalb's 6-10 Jordan Threloff can be the Western Sun Conference entries in the contest.
He left the rim on my desk with a note, said Kaneland varsity coach Brian Johnson.
Athletic Director Leigh Jaffke was called Monday night and immediately got in touch with Kirhofer's Sports to order a replacement.
"We stole one from the side of the gym and had it up in place this morning," she said Tuesday afternoon. "And the new one is supposed to be here by Friday."
She wasn't sure if the expense was covered by insurance or not.
"I haven't heard yet from my assistant superintendent for business," she said, then jokingly (we think) added, "Maybe we can take it out of (Dudzinski's) scholarship money."