When Edmondson and Dunbar play in boys basketball, it's typically a grinding game dominated by tough defense.
It was that way at Edmondson throughout the first half in Tuesday's game. And then, early in the third quarter, Red Storm senior guard Rashad Wattie simply took off.
With the ball at the top of the key, Wattie exploded past his perimeter defender to work his way in the lane. When he saw the Dunbar center late to arrive to provide help, he went airborne. Getting higher and higher, Wattie jumped over the late-arriving defender to put down a ferocious one-handed dunk.
The packed gym -- mostly subdued during the first half -- exploded in cheers.
It wasn't until Wattie saw the reaction of the crowd that he realized just how emphatic the dunk was. When he got home, he watched the video his mother recorded of the game and saw further validation.
"At first, I thought it was a regular old dunk," Wattie said Wednesday morning. "But then I noticed the crowd and went home and watched the video -- it was a great feeling."
More importantly, Wattie's jam helped the Red Storm pick up where it left off in a strong first half, giving the home team a 30-15 lead on its way to a 61-44 statement win over the Poets.
"I think it gave us that extra push we needed to keep the lead. It helped us keep the momentum," he said.
A transfer from St. Frances, Wattie is averaging 14.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and five assists for the Red Storm, which improved to 7-1 on the season with the win.