For Mason Pline, throwing down a right-handed dunk is no problem. Two hands? Easy.
But the Fowler High School sophomore, who is right handed, had no idea he could dunk with his left. Until last week.
Pline, who is 6-foot-6, flushed down a left-handed, putback dunk in last week’s 56-46 loss to Dansville, and surprised himself and everyone on his team in the process. The slam was voted the LSJ prep video of the week.
“It might have been a fluke thing, or it might be something I need to do more,” Pline said of his play. “I’ve always thought about trying for one (putback dunk). I couldn’t have gotten a much better bounce for one.
“I didn’t really know what happened. After the play, my teammate grabbed me and said, ‘That was sweet.'”
The loss to the Aggies, who, along with Fulton, are sitting atop the Central Michigan Athletic Conference, was the Eagles’ (5-3, 3-2) third in five games. Pline said Fowler came into the season with high expectations, as the roster consists of three guys that are 6-foot-5 or taller.
The Eagles are currently in the middle of a tough CMAC conference. However, they’re just one game out of first place. Pline said he believes Fowler can get back on track if it picks it up on the defensive end.
“We knew we needed to work on getting quicker defensively, and we knew if we started big guys we we would have to guard quicker guys and communicate,” he said. “We’re definitely not satisfied by any means.
“Coming into this week of practice we knew we had to get better defensively. And I think we got better.”
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