Talk about a tasty heave.
Adam Kahan, a Granite Bay High School junior who plays volleyball for the Grizzlies and attends all things sports on campus otherwise, heard his name called for raffle giveaway, and then got excited.
It was Friday night, at halftime of Granite Bay’s Sierra Foothill League basketball contest against rival Woodcreek. Kahan climbed out of the stands to attempt a half-court shot with a year’s worth of free sushi from Mikuni Sushi on the line and Mikuni owner Taro Arai standing by and cheering him on.
To milk the moment, Kahan waved on his “Tribe” student rooting section mates to back him with crowd noise, and they did. He dribbled, and dribbled some more, and then unleashed his shot. It splashed through, opening a flood gate of students to mob Kahan. Arai, whose son K.J. is a senior guard on the Granite Bay team, also jumped and celebrated.
Video courtesy Mikuni Sushi
“I was thinking, ‘please don’t airball!’ ” Kahan said Sunday. “The ball went in, everyone went crazy, and I’m thinking, ‘What just happened?’
“I’ve watched the video 100 times to see all the different reactions, and I’m under the pile, everyone on me, my arm totally bent, and I keep remembering what my mom said before I went out that night: ‘Please don’t get hurt.’ ”
Kahan couldn’t wait to get home to tell his parents, Marcia and David.
“I got home, got into the family room, the TV is paused, and I knew they’d never guess what I just did,” Kahan said. “I told them what I won, and my mom was screaming and my dad was saying, ‘No way!’ It was surreal. What a weekend.”
Kahan suddenly has more hungry friends, and all craving sushi. He’s ready to dive in himself. He’s also preparing for the spring Granite Bay volleyball season.
Kahan, who says he pulls grades of As and Bs, wants to study communications in college. Someday, maybe he’ll offer pointers on half-court shooting poise and execution, too.
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