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Crowd stunned by wrong-basket buzzer-beater

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:52 a.m. HST, Mar 10, 2013

YUKON, Okla. >> With a one-point lead, 2.9 seconds to play and possession of the ball, all Hugo High School had to do was inbound the basketball and run out the clock to advance in the Oklahoma state boys' basketball tournament.

But what followed stunned everyone.

Hugo guard Trey Johnson got confused after he received the inbounds pass and laid the ball into the wrong basket just before time expired, giving the opposing team, Millwood High, a 38-37 win Thursday night and a place in the Class 3A semifinals.

"When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, 'No, he's not. No, he's not ... Oh, yes he is,'" Millwood assistant coach David Samilton told The Oklahoman. "I couldn't believe it."

Johnson needed only to dribble away the remaining seconds to wrap up a victory for Hugo. Instead, he got turned around and dropped in a most bizarre buzzer-beater, Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin told The Associated Press Friday.

Hugo's celebrating fans went silent, and Millwood fans broke out in celebration after a moment of silence for reassurance that the points — and the win — were theirs.

"Without a doubt, that's the toughest locker room I've ever had to talk to," Shanklin said.

Johnson was tough to console, Shanklin said, adding that other players on the team called and texted him today.

"The kid feels terrible. It's still a game, regardless of what anyone says, basketball is still a game," Shanklin said.

With the win, Millwood advances to a semifinal matchup against two-time defending state champ, Centennial High.

"I feel sorry for him," Samilton said. "I really do feel sorry for him. But hey, I'll take it."

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pauliboy wrote:
from this day forward, whenever a player scores a goal for the other team, it will be known as "pulling a johnson".
on March 8,2013 | 05:37PM
FrankieT wrote:
on March 8,2013 | 07:00PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Sorry. He was beaten by Roy Riegels who ran the wrong way in the 1929 Rose Bowl game and by Minnesota Vikings player Jim Marshall who did it in 1964.
on March 9,2013 | 07:41AM
pauliboy wrote:
Yeah, but Riegals didn't score for the other team and who knows if his team would've scored during their drive anyway. Marshall's Vikings ended up winning their game.
on March 9,2013 | 01:55PM
honopic wrote:
Yeah, but "Wrong-Way Riegels" is so yesterday! "Pulling a Johnson" will go on forever.
on March 9,2013 | 03:23PM
geralddeheer wrote:
He now has his 15 minutes...which can turn into a lifetime of attention and money. He is now part of sports history with many lessons to share, for many years. A classic lemons to lemonade opportunity. Those of us old enought to remember "Wide World of Sports" will never forget the "agony of defeat" guy. If he is articulate, can act, and has a sense of humor there is no stopping this young man. Sometimes, when we least expect it, lightening strikes. Good for him...and for those of you who think he is an idiot, I trust that you will, when the pressure is really on and everything is on the line, inspire all of us and not fumble the ball.
on March 9,2013 | 06:43AM
RichardCory wrote:
That's hilarious. It almost makes basketball worth watching. Almost.
on March 9,2013 | 02:44AM
serious wrote:
Where's Forrest Gump when you really need him?
on March 9,2013 | 06:12AM
Anonymous wrote:
Guess his dreams of being in the NBA are over, period.
on March 9,2013 | 06:15AM
stanmanley wrote:
The coach always say, "hang on to the rock and let them foul you.", especially when there is a lead with little time on the clock.
on March 9,2013 | 07:37AM
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