Friday, March 8, 2013

Prep player scores buzzer beater on own goal to hand opponent improbable state tournament victory

The Oklahoma Class 3A quarterfinal matchup between Hugo and Millwood Thursday night turned out to be a thriller. But the way it ended couldn't have been more improbable.

Hugo guard Trey Johnson made a buzzer beater to clinch the game. The only problem was that Johnson scored the game-winning basket for the other team.

With Hugo leading 37-36 with 2.9 seconds to go, Johnson received an inbounds pass with his momentum leading him toward his own basket. As any knowledgeable fan is aware, all that Johnson needed to do at this point was protect the ball by either drawing a foul or dribbling out the clock. Instead, Johnson proceeded to make a layup in his own basket as time expired to give Millwood a stunning win.

“When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, ‘No, he's not. No, he's not ... Oh, yes he is,'” Millwood coach Varryl Franklin told The Oklahoman. "I couldn't believe it.”

Hugo head coach Darnell Shanklin said Johnson was pretty distraught afterward.

“He gives you 100 percent all the time,” Shanklin said of Johnson. “Heart goes out to the kid because he feels bad. He feels really, really bad.”

Luckily, Johnson will get a shot at redemption as the junior still has one more season of high school basketball left.

Via The Oklahoman

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