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Curie's center Cliff Alexander didn't play a lot of minutes but he made every one count as he led his team to a 53-26 victory at DuSable on Thursday in the Red-Central.
Things seemed promising for DuSable at first as the Panthers tried to slow down the pace. Curie (11-1, 5-0) held only a 12-8 lead after the first quarter.
But a single play from Alexander in the second period completely changed the dynamics of the game. Alexander grabbed a defensive rebound, threw an outlet pass, filled the lane and threw down what coach Mike Oliver said was the best high school dunk he had ever seen. The crowd, players and coaches were all stunned as Alexander's chest appeared to be over the rim as he threw down the monster slam. The play sparked a 30-6 Curie run with Alexander throwing down five more dunks and the Condors taking a 42-14 lead after three quarters.
Curie, which forced 29 turnovers in the game, was led by Alexander's 17 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. Devin Gage finished with 11 points and Josh Stamps added 10.
Oliver said his team appeared to be looking past DuSable and focusing on its upcoming trip to Paducah, Ky. Saturday against highly ranked Villa Angela.
"In the first quarter we played as if we were not interested in playing the game," Oliver said. "Cliff got us back on track. We stepped up our defense and started to play Curie basketball."
Alexander tried to down play the dunk.
"We just needed to get going," he said. "We were flat and I wanted to do something to get us started. I couldn't even tell you what I did. It was a great pass. I just went up and grabbed it and threw it down as hard as I could. I knew it was a good one, just by looking at everyone's faces after it happened."
DuSable (2-9, 0-6) did not have a player in double figures as its leading scorer Dontrell Whitaker tallied eight points.