Although no local teams made the NCAA Tournament, 2015 was the best year in a long time for Chicago college basketball.
The Catch and Shoot has chosen its top 10 moments of the year and will be rolling out one per day until New Year’s Eve, when the No. 1 moment will be revealed.
3. Montel James drops the hammer in CBI Championship Game 1
Trying to finish off a thrilling run to its first postseason title in decades, Loyola needed a small second-half comeback in Game 1 of the best-of-three CBI finals against Louisiana-Monroe. Trailing 33-31 early in the second half, the Ramblers tied the score with a layup from forward Montel James.
On the next possession, James corralled a baseline inbounds pass in the right corner and drove to the hoop. He finished with a ferocious, one-handed dunk over 6-foot-9 Jamaal Samuel, who also fouled James in the process.
The slam electrified Gentile Arena as James went certifiably nuts in a celebration that took him beyond the 3-point line.
James converted the free throw to give Loyola a 36-33 lead. The Ramblers led the rest of the way in a 65-58 victory.
2015’s Top 10 Moments of Chicago basketball: