The Dunk By Malik Monk

Bentonville sophomore Malik Monk (6-4, 170), an Arkansas recruiting target, brought down the house Friday night at the Class 7A state tournament in Conway when he caught an errant alley-oop pass and somehow rammed it home in his team's 67-35 win over

CONWAY - Bentonville sophomore Malik Monk and Arkansas recruiting target Malik Monk has had several highlight-reel plays this season.

In fact, a couple of them have made it onto ESPN Sports Center's Top 10 plays of the day.

But his best of the season may have happen Friday night in the first half of his team's 67-35 over at the Class 7A State Tournament when he soared high to catch an alley-oop and slammed it home with one hand.

The pass from teammate Tyreek Dixon off a set play was a bit too high and a bit too wide, but Monk's athletic ability allowed him not only to get to it, but ram it home.

"We run it a lot in practice and today we executed it very well," Monk said. "Tyreek just threw it up and I had to go get it."

The dunk - which came with Bentonville brought down the house at Buzz Bolding Arena and had the crowd celebrating it for several minutes afterward.

"It was crazy," Monk said. "The crowd erupted. It was really quiet at first, then I did that and it got loud and just kept on and on. It just boosted our energy and we got back and played pretty hard on defense."

Bentonville head coach Jason Mcmahan had a coach's look at the dunk by Monk, who averaged a 7A-West leading 21.4 points this season.

"You are going to be annoyed with me, but my reaction was great pass, two great screens – because that is the hard part," Mcmahan said. "I know if we can get do that than this guy is going to make that play. The hard part is to get the screens and the pass right."

Monk had 23 points and 7 rebounds and Dixon 12 points as the Tigers (19-5) advanced to a Monday semifinal round showdown with North Little Rock (24-2).

KeVaughn Allen had 19 points, Arkansas signee Anton Beard 17, K.J. Hill 12 and Adrian Moore 10 in the win for the Charging Wildcats.

"They are a great team," Monk said. "They attack the paint as good as me and Tyreek so they will push us to our limits so we have to prepare…to come down and play a tough game."

Dixon, who averaged 8.3 points this season, agreed with that sentiment.

"They attack really well and we can't take any plays off or we will end up losing and have to go home," Dixon said.

Photos courtesy of Fox 16 and Nathan Harkey

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