Click here to watch a video of CHS senior Kyle Gouveia bringing down the house, and more, at Flock Gymnasium in San Andreas Monday night.
While everyone else in Flock Gymnasium was processing a moment of disbelief, Calaveras High senior Kyle Gouveia couldn’t help think about something else.
“I was worried about being in trouble,” Gouveia said.
He is, after all, just a kid – a hulking, 6-foot-7-inch powerhouse – but a kid nonetheless and that’s typically what happens when a kid breaks something.
But Monday night at Flock Gymnasium, the only thing people were blaming Gouveia for was delivering a moment they won’t soon forget.
With just more than 2 minutes to play in the third quarter of a nonleague game against Sonora and the Calaveras varsity boys basketball team clinging to a 46-44 lead, Gouveia took a pass from junior Kyle Funk and shattered the backboard with a powerful two-handed slam dunk that sent glass raining down to the floor.
“I was like, ‘Whoa, big Kyle,’” Calaveras senior Jayson Verona said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Gouveia sustained a couple of minor cuts on his arm from the falling glass, but was bandaged up and ready to play by the time the game continued about a half-hour later in Calaveras High’s Brown Gym, which hadn’t hosted a varsity basketball game since 1995.
Gouveia, who signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Stanislaus State University after he graduates, finished the game with 31 points and 14 rebounds, but the Redskins (6-4) were edged 64-63 by Sonora.
Despite Monday’s incident, Gouveia said he won’t hesitate to throw it down hard again the next time he gets an opportunity.
“This kind of stuff happens sometimes, so I’m not really worried about it,” Gouveia said. “I just wish we could have pulled off the win.”
Gouveia and the Redskins are set to host Ceres in their final Mother Lode League tune-up at 5 p.m. Monday. If the broken backboard has not been replaced by then, the game will likely be played in Brown Gym.
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