Updated Jan. 26, 5 p.m.
We finally tracked down some video from the final seconds of regulation in the El Cerrito (Calif.)
71-64 overtime win at St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda)
on Friday. It was more remarkable than what we had heard.
The back-and-forth game finally looked secure when El Cerrito's Jalen Walton
went to the free throw line with El Cerrito holding a 61-58 lead and only 0.6 seconds left.
"Even if he misses and they get the rebound, there's no chance to get a shot off in time," El Cerrito coach Michael Booker said.
Walton indeed missed, St. Joseph's Temidayo Yussuf
rebounded, turned to sent an 80-foot shot flying. It banked in, sending off chaos and pandemonium.
The St. Joseph fans stormed the clock even though even if the shot counted, it only tied the score. After what Booker said was a 7- to 10-minute delay, the bucket was finally deemed good. The game went to overtime.
"Honestly, the only one who thought it should count were the referees," Booker said. "You can't grab a rebound, land on your feet, turn and then shoot all in 0.6 seconds left. The clock just got started later than it should. ... Make no mistake, it was an amazing shot by an amazing player in an amazing game. ... I'm just glad we finally pulled it out."
Amazing that El Cerrito recovered emotionally from the shot. The third-ranked Gauchos (20-1, 5-1) outscored St. Joseph (16-5, 4-2) by a 10-3 count the rest of the way. El Cerrito is ranked 11th in the state and the win avenged its only loss, a 55-49 decision at home to St. Joseph on Jan. 8. St. Joseph has won five state titles, is the school that Jason Kidd attended and is currently coached by legendary Don Lippi.
St. Joseph lost in last year's state Division V title game in excruciating fashion
on a buzzer-beater.
"They were just spent," Booker said. "Temidayo and Marcus Harris
were cramping up. They're other big scorer Lamont Banks
had fouled out. We just kind of wore them down."
Yussef, the 6-foot-7, 230-pound manchild who has committed to Long Beach State, had 30 points and 10 rebounds. Harris finished with 15 and Banks 13.
El Cerrito, which fought back from a 17-6 deficit, was led by Anthony Sullen
with 22 points, Jovontae Carleton
17 and Tyrell Alcorn
Booker said El Cerrito taped the game on Hudl, but the videographer stopped taped after Walton missed the free throw.
"He thought the game was over too," Booker said.
What made the shot most amazing here is that a 17-year-old kid is strong enough to fling a two-hand set shot that far. And, of course, that accurate. In that situation.
Thanks to St. Joseph Director of Communication Mary McInernex for sending us the the video.