This would have been one of, if not the, best play I’ve ever witnessed if it had counted. Down 43-44 with under a second remaining in an U18 Semi Final at the Midnight Madness All-Nighter, things were looking pretty bleak for Ed Lucas’ team.
The ball is inbounded, Ed recieves it a couple of feet behind the half way line and launches a prayer with one hand. As he throws it, he thinks he gets fouled, so instantly turns to the ref and starts fighting his case. The ball is still flying through mid-air..his back is turned to the hoop…it hits the backboard, and BOOM goes in. The place erupts..Ed still hasn’t realised it has gone in.
The magical moment: watch as he is mobbed, realises he made it and his face changes from disgust to joy. Amazing. Easily one of the best things I have ever filmed, don’t even get me started on the refs disallowing it.
Three reasons why it should have counted;
1) The whistle is clearly blown after it has been released from his hand.
2) The referee on the baseline (watch it again and check him out) puts his hands in the air signalling it will count, and when it goes in counts it.
3) It’s Midnight Madness! This aint no official FIBA competition, give the fans what they want!
What do you think?
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