The Baltimore Sun
10:43 AM EST, January 3, 2014
During the school year, Varsity Letters will periodically ask student-athletes from various sports to step in as guest bloggers. They will share their personal thoughts during pivotal stretches of a given season.
This week's guest is Kwynten Brooks, a senior guard and captain on the Patterson boys basketball team. The No. 3 Clippers are 9-0 this season and coming off an 83-56 win over McKinley Tech in the championship game of the Spartan Holiday Classic at Laurel High.
Brooks, who was a member of Patterson's state championship team in the 2011-12 season, had his typical balanced performance with 11 points, three rebounds and three assists. But it was a teammate's effort that left a memorable impression that Kwynten shares. Here's his entry:
When you think about breaking a backboard, you think about players like Shaq, a 7 foot, 324-pound monster. I’ve never witnessed anyone break a backboard in real life until December 28th, in our game against McKinley Tech.
I was on a fast break and I saw one of our big men, Emerson Atkins, trailing out of the corner of my eye. I gave him a no-look bounce pass thinking it was just going to be a nice dunk, getting a few oohs and awes from the crowd, and that would be it.
So, after I gave him the pass I watched him raise up with two hands for the flush. But as soon as he came down on the rim, I heard a cracking sound followed by a whistle. He got fouled on the dunk, but when I looked at the backboard, there was a crack in it from one side to the other.
The coaching staff for the host school ran out to see in anger and amazement, delaying the game, trying to decide whether they should let us finish the game or not. The crazy part is that it was one of the new backboards with the holes in it that was supposed to be “unbreakable."
After about 15 or 20 minutes, they decided to let us play as long as nobody would dunk for the rest of the game. I had never seen anything like that before. I can say that was the highlight of my break, letting teams know that not only is Patterson’s guard play dangerous, but that our size down low is a threat, too. ... I can see us having a perfect season and me graduating with two state championships. Until then, the grind won’t stop.