Something crazy happened at Eastchester High School Wednesday. And, no, it’s not that someone actually attempted a dunk on an Eastchester rim.
Read my quick story below. Photos shown are of the shattered backboard. They were contributed by photographer/point guard Jack Daly.
Not many dunks have even been attempted at Eastchester High School over the years, but sophomore Andrew Schultz’s effort might be the most memorable. And it didn’t even occur during a game.
Schultz shattered the backboard during pregame warmups on Wednesday, forcing Eastchester to postpone its game with Pelham until Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
No one was injured, although the rim and the box that fastens it to the backboard along with the glass around the rim crashed to the floor.
“The rim hit the floor. It took a chunk out of the floor,” Pelham coach Mark Finegan said. “The glass shattered. I’m surprised the kid didn’t get hurt, but he didn’t do anything wrong.”
Eastchester coach Fred DiCarlo reiterated the last point, saying Schultz’s dunk attempt came about a half hour before the opening tip, meaning it was prior to the officials arriving on the floor.
In fact, Pelham was in the locker room getting dressed. DiCarlo had his back to the court while he chatted with Finegan.
“It was one of those freak things,” DiCarlo said.
Eastchester planned on moving another backboard to replace the old one and expects it will be fixed in time to play Thursday.