Skip to comments.Video: The most heartbreaking play in basketball history?
Posted on 03/09/2013 7:03:59 AM PST by chessplayer
With a one-point lead, 2.9 seconds to play and possession of the ball, all Hugo High School had to do was inbound the basketball and run out the clock to advance in the Oklahoma state boys basketball tournament.
But what followed stunned everyone.
Hugo guard Trey Johnson got confused after he received the inbounds pass and laid the ball into the wrong basket just before time expired, giving the opposing team, Millwood High, a 38-37 win Thursday night and a place in the Class 3A semifinals.
If your side has the ball and is leading with two seconds left, why would you even try to shoot? You hold the ball and run out the clock. Maybe you would get fouled and go to the line. BUT, you don’t try to take a shot. The boy tried to do a little showboating and got his team eliminated.
He had 5 large riding on the loss. It truly was an act of desperation.
I’m glad I never made any embarrassing mistakes when I was a teenager.
Ohhh - One second left - Dennis Johnson steps in front of the inbounds pass and dishes to Bird for the layup - CELTICS WIN!
How can you get confused when there are only two baskets on the playing field? It’s not like there are two dozen baskets to choose from.
Kid better find a new school...
The class reunions will be fun for this classic goat.
Dumb plays happen. But scoring the winning basket for the opponent? How the hell is he going to live that down. If that was me I would transfer out of that school. The coach said all the PC crap about it only being a game and it didn’t really matter, but I bet he, and the rest of the team, and the student body, would really like to stomp the crap out of him.
Give him the Senator John McCain award for screwing over his own team above and beyond the call of duty.
“Without a doubt, that’s the toughest locker room I’ve ever had to talk to,” Shanklin said.
I believe that.
Not even close, the most heartbreaking was the Gold Medal game in the 72 Olympics.
"...nice going bonehead,see ya down at Booger King"
Happened to a player when I was in hs in the mid 60s.
IIRC, our school lost the game, but I don’t recall by how many points.
The player was (and probably continued to be) razzed about that wrong-goal basket most of his life during and after high school. (IIRC, he died a few years ago.)
All the local media were quickly in agreement with one another to not publish the young man's name on the grounds that he's not a professional or college athlete, and that he's really still a kid.
One guy in particular, Dave Sittler with the Tulsa World, recalled precedent set in a state football championship when a player for Tulsa McClain high school caught a long pass, crossed the line, then stopped, celebrated, and spiked the ball... problem was "the line" was the 5 yard line, costing McClain the state championship.
I wish the national media had the same sense of decency as Mr. Sittler and the rest of our local media.
He's just a kid, and he lives in a small town in Oklahoma...
Why publish his name?
No one taking any cruelty out on him today, at least not in the media. I hope he does a press conference, maybe today, and tells everyone it was really his fault for not coaching properly and to lay off the young man.
It’s a public school. Cut the kid a break.
This is why teams (especially football) should not be allowed
to run out the clock. Ever notice when the expected winners
kill the game 1 or 2 min. left on the clock hanging on for
How would an enforceable rule be written to prevent it? I don’t think doing that would be possible.
Chris Webber calls timeout in the NCAA championship final...
The boy who put the ball in the wrong hoop will likely be the subject of some good-natured ribbing by his teammates for some time to come and while I'm sure they were not too happy about losing a game they should have won, they will look back at this and laugh.
Over time, this will prove to be a positive life experience for the boy. He'll have quite a story to tell his grandkids and he'll have a YouTube video to back his story up.
I wonder how much playing time this kid had during the game/season.
I watched a game once where Virginia was 4 points up on Clemson with four seconds remaining on the clock. Virginia ended up losing by 3.
You got that right.
As a Pistons fan at the time I can't tell you how much that hurt!
Nother article I read on the story on ESPN said the kid was the team’s top scorer
He’ll have quite a story to tell his grandkids and he’ll have a YouTube video to back his story up.
Yeah, thats something to brag about to the grandkids. sarc/
The boy who put the ball in the wrong hoop will likely be the subject of some good-natured ribbing by his teammates
Good natured? Maybe. Back when I was in HS, if a player did something like that they wouldn’t dare show their face in school for at least a week. And they would never be forgiven for it.
Hate to be so crass but the kid was a moron—at least on that play or else the coaches are to blame somewhat too. oh well...hordes of morons elected Barry twice so there ya go.
And now he’s the laughingstock of the entire country. The story has gone national and the video is all over youtube.
I bet Pete Rose could answer that...
This kid needs to change his name and appearance and move across the country - - or across the ocean.
Maybe fake his own death and start a new life somewhere.
Darwin wins again.
Voice on the video...”he stupid”.
If the kid was smart he’d transfer to the school that he scored the basket for.
If the kid was smart he wouldn't need to transfer and we wouldn't need this thread.
Yup. A play like that would be bad enough in the regular season,,,but in the playoffs? Yikes. If a player botches a play at the end that allows the opponent to score and win is one thing. But to actually score the winning basket for the opponent in a playoff game? Wow.
I was thinkin’ he may have been a bench warmer with single digit playing time. Last game, 3 seconds left, coach figgers, “What the hey...”
To make things worse, Hugo’s opponent has won their next game in double overtime against the defending state champs. One more win and Millford is state champ.
Ah, yes, “Three Seconds to Gold.” But you can’t calm that “THE most heartbreaking play.” More like several plays, if I recall, and basically amounted to cheating by referee.
That’s why they invented shot clocks, etc. You also have time outs and the ability to take the ball away. If you can’t stop them despite all that, you don’t deserve to win.
Actually, it was the other way around! Bird snatched the inbound pass and immediately hit DJ for the layup!
If that’s the case, he was looking to add to his total.
“Bird snatched the inbound pass and immediately hit DJ for the layup”
Thanks man - I’m getting old - I may even had it mixed up with: “Havliceck stole the ball! Havliceck stole the ball!”
He's "von" syllable away from being a SOB*
Hey, shouldn’t that read, “Future NBA star Trey Johnson”? ;’)
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