Thunder dunk halts FHS-IWA game

Published 8:09 am Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ISLE OF WIGHT—The first-ever matchup between the Isle of Wight Academy and Franklin boys’ basketball teams was a memorable one, not for the final score, but for the way the game ended. With IWA leading 37-28 with 5:07 to play in the third quarter, Franklin’s Justin Grant power dunked, tearing the rim down and shattering the backboard. The game was suspended and will likely not be made up, according to the coaches.

The Chargers had taken the 37-28 lead on a spin move and jumper by Chris Parrish and a 3-pointer by Brandon Privette.

On the Broncos next possession, the Broncos broke the press and Grant went up for the dunk and pulled down the rim. He was fouled in the process. The officials met with the coaches at midcourt and the game was ended at 37-30.

While the game was stopped, fans from both schools took pictures with their cell phones as witness to the unusual feat.

“That was quite a dunk,” said Franklin head coach Danny Dillon. “I was preaching in practice to take it to the hoop stronger because I was tired of us missing layups. Justin Grant did just that.”

Tuesday morning, Vaughan and Dillon discussed continuing the game, but the two sides agreed not to resume the contest.

Meanwhile, both goals at Isle of Wight Academy were being replaced on Tuesday.

Isle of Wight led at both the end of the first quarter and at the half. The Chargers led 31-26 going into the break when Privette connected on a 3-ball at the buzzer.

Dillon praised the Chargers for their shooting ability.

“They were a good shooting team. It certainly had the makings of a big finish,” Dillon said. “I like playing a team that can shoot. It just makes us better defensively.”

Vaughan was honored at halftime for his 500th win, which happened near the end of last season, and for his 40-year association with the school.