By sheer distance, it's the toughest shot to make on the court.
Yet this past week we saw two high school basketball players make full-court buzzer beaters at the end of a quarter.
Some shots are described as "full-court" when they're really more of 3/4 or half court, but these shots are pretty much as close as it gets.
Exhibit A is Tom Canfield
from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown (Parish, N.Y.)
, who made his shot at the end of the first quarter in a 79-54 loss to Institute of Tech (Syracuse, N.Y.)
Exhibit B is Ylii Lopez
from Riverbank (Calif.)
, whose prayer was answered at the end of the third quarter of the team's 78-60 win over Ripon (Calif.)
Both are incredible shots, but are spectacular in their own way. Let's examine the evidence.
- Canfield's shot is under heavy duress, as an opposing player appears to be just inches from blocking the shot.
- Lopez makes his shot directly off of a rebound, while Canfield receives a pass from a teammate.
- Lopez uses the backboard, while Canfield's heave finds nothing but net.
- The obvious difference: Canfield is a righty, while Lopez is a lefty.
The celebrations are also quite different: Lopez is mobbed by his teammates after the shot goes through.
"The shot felt unreal and I was honestly completely surprised and in a
state of confusion," said Lopez, who finished the game with 10 points.
"I have never practiced and, let alone, made a shot like that, ever."
Canfield, however, seems to get a strong reaction from the opposing team, particularly the player at the free throw line who covers his mouth with his hands in disbelief.
"I have never seen another team so happy for me scoring a basket," said Canfield.
Canfield, who finished with 13 points, came off the bench and provided momentum with his miracle shot, according to teammate Ty Christian
, who posted the video.
"The place was as loud as it ever has been," said Christian.
Lopez's mother, Maggie Lopez, posted the original video to YouTube. Although she admits that her son is a "gym rat" and is constantly working on his game, she's pretty realistic about the full-court buzzer beater.
"As far as my thoughts on the shot itself, it was pure luck," she said.Have any thoughts on the full-court shots? Tweet your responses to @MaxPreps using #fullcourtbattle
Special thanks to Ty Christian and Maggie Lopez for the videos