The degree of difficulty of the buzzer-beater in Thursday night's Oklahoma Class 3A quarterfinals between Hugo and Millwood doesn't rival Khalil Edney's 60-foot miracle, but the degree of absurdity surpasses it.
Hugo (Okla.) led 37-36 with 2.9 seconds to play when Hugo guard Trey Johnson received an inbounds pass headed toward his own hoop. Johnson needed only to dribble out the clock, or, at worst, get fouled, but instead made a layup in his own basket to give Millwood a most improbable 38-37 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 assistant coach David Samilton told The Oklahoman. "I couldn't believe it.”
Yes, he was. Here's a photo of the winning layup.
As you might imagine, Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin told The Oklahoman it was difficult to talk to his players, especially Johnson, after the game.
“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.”
Samilton, whose Millwood squad takes on Centennial in Friday's semifinals, invoked another infamous moment of confusion in expressing his sympathy for Johnson.
“I feel sorry for him,” Samilton said. “Just like Chris Webber, when he called the timeout. I really do feel sorry for him. But hey, I'll take it.”
Things turned out just fine for C-Webb. No doubt they will for Johnson, too.