When Maranatha Christian Academy guard Mikey Brown grabbed a free-throw rebound with his squad down 80-77 , he didn’t have many options or much time.
There were only three seconds left in the game against the McClouth (Kan.) Bulldogs, and the basket was an entire court away.
“I didn’t really have any choice,” Brown, a 17-year-old junior, told KMBC-TV in Kansas City, Mo. about Tuesday evening’s desperate situation.
So Brown dribbled a couple of times, moved up the floor a few steps, and unleashed one of those long-distance shots that players all over the world let rip for fun, just to see if they can swish it. And they rarely do.
But Brown did.
His 70-foot buzzer-beater hit nothing but net, the gymnasium went nuts, and the game headed to overtime.
“It was a packed gym — our game was running late and there were two teams waiting to play,” Dave Keener, athletic director for Maranatha, told the Wichita Eagle. “Everybody went crazy. Even the fans who had just come in and were not affiliated with either team … It was pretty chaotic.”
While Maranatha, which is in Shawnee, Kan., eventually lost the game 88-87, Brown’s long-distance three-pointer that kept the Eagles alive caught the attention of ESPN, which listed it as its third best shot of the day on Wednesday, according to KMBC.
Here’s the shot that’s gone viral:
Here’s the report from KMBC: