What hurts more than losing a playoff basketball game on a last-second shot?
How about losing a playoff basketball game when you make the ball in your own basket at the last second.
According to newsok.com
, one of the most bizarre ways to lose a basketball game happened in Yukon, Okla., Thursday night. And it spelled the end of the season for the team on the wrong end of the play. Hugo (Okla.)
held a one-point lead over Millwood (Oklahoma City)
with 2.9 seconds left in an OSSAA 3A playoff contest, and the inbounds pass to Hugo's Trey Johnson connected, giving him enough space and time to dribble out the clock and wrap up the playoff victory. All seemed well, but then Johnson did what nobody expected him to do: He shot a layup into his own basket at the buzzer.
The game ended with Millwood taking the unfathomable triumph, 38-37.
Reporter Anthony Slater summed up the moment: "As the buzzer went off, Johnson's layup fell through. And for a brief moment, the entire arena fell silent.
raucous crown went still. Millwood's previously disheartened group of
fans took a moment for reassurance, before breaking out in a wild
celebration fit for this unlikely of an escape job."
While there was elation on the Millwood side, there was deflation on the Hugo side. "Without a doubt, that's the toughest locker room I've ever had to talk to," Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin told the newspaper.
"(Johnson) gives you 100 percent all the time. Heart goes
out to the kid because he feels bad. He feels really, really bad."
Millwood coach Varryl Franklin said "I feel sorry for (Johnson). Just like Chris Webber, when he called the timeout. I really do feel sorry for him. But hey, I'll take it.”
Hugo finished 21-7 and Millwood (16-9) will play in the semifinals tonight against Centennial. See our MaxPreps Oklahoma boys basketball playoff brackets