Chaminade (West Hills, Calif.)
needed a miracle Saturday if it was going to reach the California Interscholastic Federation Division III state title game.
Chaminade got a miracle.
Junior guard Michael Oguine
hit one of America's most clutch buzzer-beaters from about 25 feet out in the Southern California Regional Final, using the backboard on the 3-pointer to lead his team to a 53-52 win over Santa Margarita. Sure, there have been better shots to win games, but this one had massive implications.
The Eagles got the ball off a missed free throw with 4.2 seconds left and pushed upcourt, with a teammate quickly dishing to Oguine after he pulled the rebound down. Oguine weaved his way up the court and then let loose with the game-winner, getting a fortuitous bank shot to go in.
"There were only a couple of seconds left and I knew I couldn't get to the rim, so I took two dribbles and shot," Oguine told the Los Angeles Times
. "Everything happened so fast."
The story states he scored 18 of his 32 points in the final quarter, and was the catalyst in the late minutes, pouring in nine points in the final 75 seconds.
According to stats on his MaxPreps career page, Oguine averages 11.9 points per game for Chaminade (26-6), which will face Drake (San Anselmo, Calif.) Friday at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. It could be yet another state title for the school, which won the Division II CIF Bowl Game in football this fall.
So how good is this buzzer-beater? Is it worthy of late inclusion into the Top 10 Buzzer-Beaters story
we published this week? Leave a comment below after checking out the Top 10.