Khalil Edney went from goat to hero in a matter of microseconds.
With his New Rochelle High basketball team trailing rival Mt. Vernon by two in the final seconds of the New York Section 1 Class AA state final, Edney heaved the ball downcourt on an inbound pass.
After being batted around, that pass was picked off by a Mt. Vernon player, who then tossed the ball toward a teammate on the other end of the court.
With Mt. Vernon players already starting to celebrate as broadcasters proclaimed them champs, Edney snagged the ball out of the air with one hand and immediately put it up from 55 feet away just as time expired.
Then chaos ensued. First, New Rochelle players and fans went wild as the ball sailed through the hoop for an apparent victory.
Then the shot was waved off by the officials, setting off a celebration among the Mt. Vernon faithful.
That decision was ultimately reversed and Edney’s shot counted, giving New Rochelle a 61-60 victory for the state title.
–Los Angeles Times