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Tift's Holley wins Arby's slam dunk contest

Tift's Holley wins Arby's slam dunk contest

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BRISTOL, Tenn. – Iman Holley made his leaping ability known to the fans in Viking Hall on Tuesday when he rose up for a crucial swat in the waning stages of Tift County’s quarterfinal triumph over North Mecklenburg.

Holley left no doubt about his hops Wednesday in the Arby’s Classic dunk contest.

The 6-foot-4 senior soared and slammed with precision and power, outlasting Taylor County star Quentin Goodin in the finals to don the dunk crown.

After leaping over a stand of Lay’s Southern Biscuits and Gravy chips, Holley ignited the crowd when he jumped over three youths and threw down with authority moments after Goodin had missed the same attempt.

“I just said, ‘You know what? I’m going to try it,’ ” Holley said.

Holley broke into a dance with his ecstatic Tift County teammates after his dunk, embracing the entertainment aspect of the event.

“It was pretty much to have fun out there, show off what I can do, my talent or whatever,” he said.

Goodin, a Xavier University recruit who has dazzled with his dunking ability throughout the tournament, had one chance to top Holley’s over-the-kids slam, but missed on an off-the-backboard, through-the-legs attempt.

Sixteen contestants took part in the event, with Garrett Crandell (Tennessee High), Shamell Greene (Tabernacle Baptist), Willy Inkulu (Urspring) and Taysean Nolan advancing to the semifinals along with Holley and Goodin.

Crandell earned his spot in the semis courtesy of a high-flying, catch-off-the-bounce dunk after Tennessee High teammate Garrett Huffman delivered a pass from above one of the Viking Hall scoreboards.

nhubbard@bristolnews.com | Twitter: @Hubbard_BHCSprt | (276) 645-2543

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