The U.S. won two titles in different sports on Sunday: The FIFA Women’s World Cup (Car-li Lloyd! Car-li Lloyd!) and the FIBA U19 World Championship (Jayson Tat-tum: clap, clap, clap-clap-clap). Both featured long runs in which the Americans were tested, perhaps more than they anticipated. Both concluded with the Americans on top, with an audacious offensive effort standing up as the signature play of the tournament.
For the women’s soccer team, it was midfield captain Carli Lloyd’s David Beckham-like goal from midfield in the first half of the 5-2 victory against Japan. For the U.S. junior hoopsters, it was rising senior Jayson Tatum’s preposterous poster slam against Greece in the semifinals. You can see Tatum’s massive dunk in the video above. You’ll want to check it out more than once, provided you aren’t a Greek coach or relative of a Greek U-19 basketball player.
Here’s another angle of the big-time jam:
That’s about as big a poster as you’ll come across at any level, let alone junior international competition. And Tatum’s dunk didn’t just send a message to the Greeks that the Americans were there to play; it also allegedly ptt the Greek defender out of commission, quite literally.
That Tatum’s monster jam came on Independence Day only makes it — and his team’s eventual accomplishment — that much cooler. But don’t take our world for it, just keep your eyes peeled on Tatum’s own blog here at USA TODAY High School Sport.