By Ian Sanford, LeavenworthTimes.com
One thing is for sure — Lansing’s Roy Clayter isn’t bashful, at least on the basketball court.
Playing in his first ever home game as a Lion Friday, the senior transfer showcased a pair of jaw-dropping dunks, each coming within 60 seconds of each other.
The slams served as exclamation marks to an impressive Lansing opener. The Lions spanked visiting Topeka Seaman 66-36.
“After our really slow start, we started playing better,” Lansing coach Rod Briggs said. “I looked at the score and we were down 16-7 and then in the third quarter it dawned on me that it was 55-28, so we just kind of exploded.”
After a horrible start, Lansing roared back to take a 32-21 lead into the half. The home team did that by outscoring Seaman 25-5 in the second quarter.
“I think we relaxed and quit turning the ball over,” Briggs said. “We came out a little too hyped and tried to do too much. Once we relaxed and started playing together and getting a rhythm offensively, we started to play better defensively.”
In the third, Clayter helped the Lions blow open the contest. Following a steal and easy bucket, Clayter found himself flying through the air the next possession. His four-step, one-handed jam came over a contesting Viking and put the already active crowd into a frenzy.
Less than 60 seconds later, Donte Gibson collected a Seaman turnover and raced towards an uncontested lay-up. Instead of taking the points, the guard kissed the ball off the backboard to a trailing Clayter, who powered home the jam.
The crowd went loco, the fight left the Vikings and Lansing ran away to the 30-point win.
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