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UPDATE: Elihu Cobb's spectacular ally-oop dunk made SportsCenter's Top 10 Tuesday night. This is the first Central Coast #SCTop10 since Jaylen Holford's wild on-his-defender's-back catch in 2014. 

"Honestly, I wasn’t expecting that at all," Cobb said via direct message when asked about making SportsCenter. "When we ran the play, (Los Angeles Clippers guard) Patrick (Beverley) was just like, 'Come straight down the middle and I’ll throw it up.' So that’s what we did.

"The defender wasn’t ready for it at all. I got a couple dunks on people that were pretty nice so I wasn’t expecting it when I woke up the next morning."

Cobb spent the last week or so dominating on the basketball court in China with a group of area basketball players and even linked up with the special guest Beverley of the Clippers on the alley-oop dunk during a game Tuesday morning (US time). Cobb is in China as part of the 1Dream Hoops Tour.

His alley-oop was filmed by former St. Joseph basketball standout Andrew Smallbach, who is also in China along with the 1Dream Hoops Tour.

The video clip was picked up by a number of national media outlets and shared across various social media platforms.

Sports Illustrated tweeted out the clip.

As did Overtime, which is a new media company backed by two-time and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

Even Beverley, known as one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA, was hyped over the play.

Cobb said when he woke up the day after the play, assistant St. Joseph coach Garett Wood told him he needed to check his Twitter account.

"You’ll never believe it. Your videos are going viral," Wood told Cobb.

"When I saw Sports Illustrated and Overtime posted it, I was like, 'Whoa. This is crazy. Everyone is checking out my dunk.'

"All my teammates and coaches were all super excited and then next thing you know it’s on SportsCenter. I was like, 'Wow. It’s really going up for me.' It just motivated me because I know I have a lot more to show and now that I see that anything can happen I’m really ready to show everyone everything else I have in store coming up.

"To me it was just the beginning of what I might be able to do, especially for this next year at College of Sequoias. I’m hoping I can just keep making a name for myself now I was definitely overly excited and I hope people start to watch me for this upcoming season because I really a lot more to show and maybe even some more highlights coming up this year."

Cobb averaged about 13 points and 10 rebounds the last two seasons for the Knights. His defensive contributions were just as impressive with over three blocks and a steal per game. 

Joe Bailey is the sports editor at Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Contact him with tips and story ideas at or (805) 739-2239. Follow him on Twitter at


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