The Florida Vipers AAU practice ended early Thursday night, but not because the coaches wanted it to.
Instead, it was because the gym was down a basket after 6-10 Joniya Byngi Gadson shattered one of the backboards with a thunderous dunk. Gadson is a junior who plays for Florida 6A state champion Dillard High during the school year and for the Vipers on the Under Armour Association circuit.
While video does not appear to exist at the moment, USA TODAY High School Sports caught up with Gadson and his description was epic. We also love the tweet where he notes that he broke “his first backboard.” The implication being that there are more to come.
Here’s Gadson’s description of what happened:
“You know, it was actually a surreal moment. It’s one of those things that leaves the crowd in attendance spellbound. It reminds me of the shot by Kris Jenkins in the national championship game the other night. It’s every kid’s dream. It started off from a pick and roll initiated by my point guard Zachary Scott. As I noticed the hesitation in his dribble, I swiftly rolled and called for the ball. I took one pound dribble. In midair, I thought to do a windmill, but I felt instead of settling for a stellar dunk, I will emphasize just how emphatic I am and instead cocked the basketball behind my head for a thunderous tomahawk two-hand slam!
“The dunk was astounding due to my size, age and sheer force!”
As for what happened after the dunk: “It was a closer! It left everyone in complete awe! Not sure of what to do for practice or the weekend in which a tournament is supposed to be held at that same location!”
As for the tournament, the Vipers say they are working with Westminster Academy in Fort Lauderdale to find a solution.
“We are committed to Westminister Academy and they have been great to our organization,” the Vipers said in a statement. “We are a business that pride ourselves on loyalty, respect, hard work, and faith. We plan on staying and giving Westminister Academy our complete trust that they will find a solution. The tournament will go as planned.”