The lane parted for La Salle junior Zach Crisler early in Wednesday's second quarter, but there was just one not-so-small problem.
"I thought it was a little too far," Crisler said after the Explorers' 68-50 victory against visiting Constitution. "I didn't know if I was going to make it."
Crisler started a dominant La Salle run that turned a 12-point halftime lead into a 20-point third-quarter bulge.
A pump fake at the three-point line sent a defender flying, and two long steps later Crisler finished with a mighty, righthanded dunk. La Salle (2-1) began the game with a Konrad Kiszka dunk off an Allen Powell feed from the opening tip.
"That's a big thing of ours this year," Crisler said. "First three minutes of the first half, first three minutes of the second half. We want to come out and be the ones who give the first punch every single game."
Early momentum didn't come easy for the Explorers, who led, 15-14, after the first quarter. Unselfish offense, however, helped extend La Salle's lead.
By intermission, the Explorers has assisted on 11 of their 12 made field goals. For the game, La Salle finished with 15 assists on 21 made shots.
Kiszka led all scorers with 17 points, while Crisler had 16 and Sean Simon 11. Powell and Titus Beard finished with nine points apiece.
In defeat, Constitution (2-2) was led by Jahmir Marable-Williams, who had 11 points. Jabari Merritt added 10. The Generals, however, shot just 17 of 54 overall and 4 of 21 from behind the three-point line.
La Salle finished 21 of 38 overall and 5 of 14 from three.
La Salle 15 25 17 11 68
Constitution 14 14 11 11 50
LS: Konrad Kiszka 17, Zach Crisler 16, Sean Simon 11, Titus Beard 9, Allen Powell 9, Kahlil Diarrah 2, Matt McMahon 3, Manny Freyre 1
C: Jahmir Marable-Williams 11, Jabari Merritt 10, Leeron Wills-Worthy 8, Hakim Hudson 2, Keshahn Hammonds 2, Jahlil Davis 2, Tyree Mitchell 7, Daron Wall 8.