BY BARRY WONG
The participants for the NBA’s slam dunk contest were recently announced. At Las Vegas high school Thursday night, the Pioneers of Canyon Springs provided a pretty good audition tape.
The Pioneers threw down eight dunks, most off a nice pass or lob, in an 86-68 win over Las Vegas in a Northeast League showdown.
“It’s just incredible to see us play like that,” senior point guard Shaquile Carr said. “When we’re all playing together, it’s just fun.”
Big dunks aside, the victory keeps Canyon Springs a top the Northeast League with two games to go, including a showdown at Valley next Wednesday.
“It was a crucial game for us,” Canyon Springs head coach Freddie Banks said. “Now, it’s between us and Valley to find out who’s going to go one in the division.”
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Canyon Springs opened up a 23-13 lead in the first quarter, but a Vegas run capped by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from junior Patrick Savoy cut the lead down to 23-18.
Savoy finished with a game-high 33 points, partially because junior Ray Smith battled early foul trouble, picking up his fourth foul with four minutes remaining in the second quarter.
A buzzer beater ended the second quarter as well, as Canyon Springs senior Gerad Davis scored on a layin to give the Pioneers a 46-33 halftime lead.
The lead was 12 after the third, the Canyon Springs put the game away, sparked by back-to-back dunks, one from Carr and one from junior Jordan Davis early in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Davis led the Pioneers with 25. His older brother Gerad Davis added 23, while Carr finished with 19.