Everybody remembers Chris Webber calling a timeout when the University of Michigan didn’t have any left in the 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship. Everybody makes mistakes in games, but Hugo High School junior Trey Johnson made the mistake of scoring a buzzer beating shot… on the wrong basket.
With three seconds left, Johnson caught the ball in the backcourt with intention of running out the clock. In confusion, Johnson started driving to the wrong basket and hit a lay-up as time expired. His Hugo High School lost to Millwood High School 38-37. This game happened back on March 7 in the Oklahoma Class 3A boys state basketball tournament quarterfinals.
Check out the video of the basket here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=yNW9Q_Xnzhs
Millwood assistant coach David Samilton told The Oklahoman, “When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, ‘No, he’s not. No, he’s not … Oh, yes he is.’ I couldn’t believe it.”
Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin told the Associated Press that the 16-year-old high school junior was tough to console. Also, Shanklin said the team called and texted him on Friday to console Johnson.
Shanklin added, “The kid feels terrible. It’s still a game, regardless of what anyone says, basketball is still a game.”
On a brighter note, Johnson was invited to a Oklahoma City Thunder game on March 10 against the Boston Celtics. Johnson accepted the invite and was seen sitting courtside at Chesapeake Arena. After the Thunder win, Russell Westbrook took off his shoes, signed them and gave them to the high schooler.
You can’t help but empathize with the player. Everybody makes mistakes. Johnson is a only junior, so he will have another season to play high school basketball.