With Royce Parran's emphatic dunk as the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Minot Skyrockets completed the opening game of their third season as a franchise.
Parran, listed generously at 5-foot-9, provided the type of entertainment Skyrockets fans have become accustom to the past two seasons.
The Skyrockets have been pretty much a model franchise since they arrived in Minot.
They have won a vast majority of their home games and have been solid in community relations, hosting camps and participating in community outreach programs.
When a local group purchased the team last year, it gave fans even more reason to follow the team, which reached the CBA finals.
But while Minot has been one of the top franchises in the CBA the past few seasons, its has been in the minority as a success story.
The league has shrunk from 10 teams in Minot's first season to seven by year's end last season.
This year, the CBA has started its season with just four teams.
That's forced Minot to schedule a number of ABA teams like Wednesday's opponent, the Chicago Steam, who the Skyrockets will play again tonight.
It brings up a lot of questions for fans of the team.
What will the level of competition be like? What are the team's prospects for the future? What kind of a league only has four teams?
There are certainly more questions than answers about the team as the season starts.
Most of those questions will probably answer themselves as the season progresses.
It may even force local basketball fans to ask a question Will the Skyrockets still provide the entertainment value fans have come to expect?
If Parran's high-wire act Wednesday is any indication, hoops fans should be willing to give them the chance to prove that they will.
(Chris Bieri is a sportswriter for the Minot Daily News. He can be reached at email@example.com)