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...
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