The late Hank Gathers would have smiled and clapped in appreciation had he caught Ashley Hamilton’s “Dunk of the Year” nomination on Thursday night.
After Hamilton’s Loyola Marymount teammate, Anthony Ireland, missed a floater off the front of the rim, Hamilton caught the rebound with his right hand several feet from the hoop. Not bothering to come back to the ground, Hamilton flushed it home, sending the Lions’ crowd to its feet.
Alas, LMU lost to Pepperdine, 60–57, and fell to 8-12 on the season. But for the briefest of moments, Hamilton brought back memories of the high-flying teams from two decades ago.