Game-winning buzzer-beater shots are rare, but not unheard of during this time of year. What happened Thursday though between Millwood and Hugo High School in the closing moments of the Oklahoma Class 3A state quarterfinal will likely take more time to forget for the players on the court and viewers of this soon-to-be viral clip from the game:
As scene from the clip, rather than running out the clock to win the game after taking the inbound pass, Hugo’s Trey Johnson mistakenly scored a lay-up on his own basket with 2.9 seconds to play and possession of the ball.
Millwood High won the game 38-37, and will now take what seemingly should have been Hugo High’s place in the Class 3A semifinals.
“When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, ‘No, he’s not. No, he’s not … Oh, yes he is,’” Millwood assistant coach David Samilton told The Oklahoman. “I couldn’t believe it.”
The Associated Press reports that Hugo’s celebrating fans went silent, and Millwood fans broke out in celebration after a moment of silence for reassurance that the points — and the win — were theirs.
Hugo Coach Darnell Shanklin told The Oklahoman that Johnson was tough to console after the mistake during a game where he gave 100 percent.
“The kid feels terrible. It’s still a game, regardless of what anyone says, basketball is still a game,” Shanklin said.
“I feel sorry for him,” Samilton told the paper. “I really do feel sorry for him. But hey, I’ll take it.”