Ypsilanti big man Jaylen Johnson stole a pass near mid-court and swooped in for a lay-up against a struggling Ann Arbor Huron.
As he went to send the crowd into a frenzy with a dazzling dunk, the ball banged off the back of the rim and sailed up into the air for a miss.
It was about the only thing that went wrong in the first 5 minutes for the host Ypsilanti Grizzlies.
After two time-outs and several missed shots, the Southeastern Conference co-leaders were up, 11-0.
For good measure, on Johnson’s next trip down the 6-foot-8 Louisville recruit threw down a dunk with both hands.
Ypsilanti, in a three-way tie with Dexter and Lincoln in the Southeastern Conference White Division, improved to 10-2 with a resounding 70-23 victory.
Ypsilanti beat the River Rats, 66-58, in the district finals last March, ending a four-year run for Huron, and the Grizzlies served notice they’ll be the team to beat again.
“We started the season off bad, so we just changed our whole mind-set,” Johnson said. “We just wanted to go hard and do the things we do in practice.”
Corey Allen scored from everywhere and led the Grizzlies with 20 points, while Johnson made it difficult to score inside with five blocked shots and 13 points.
“We wanted to come out hard,” Allen said. “They’re a good team and this was a good game for us.”
Doomed by a disastrous start, the River Rats (9-3) finally scored at the 3:29 mark of the first quarter on a triple by guard Antonio Henry.
It was Huron’s only basket of the first quarter. Eight turnovers led to its undoing.
By the time the dust settled the Grizzlies were comfortably ahead, 18-3.
It didn’t get any better for the River Rats in the second quarter. Ypsilanti scored the first 13 points and got another Johnson dunk. The Grizzlies dominated, 31-3.
Huron finally scored again on a floater in the lane with 3:22 left in the half, with a three-point play that reduced the deficit to 25, 31-6.
Huron managed to score eight points in the second quarter, 30 points less than the Grizzlies as the River Rats faced a 41-11 halftime deficit.
At the end of three, Ypsilanti led 60-20, which meant a running clock for the start of the fourth quarter.
Allen matched Huron’s 20 points in the first minute of the fourth with a runner in the lane.
To add insult to injury, the River Rats scored three points in the fourth.