According to the Dayton Daily News, Devon Carter, the junior point guard for Northmont (Ohio) High, spends about five minutes a day at practice taking halfcourt shots, just in case he needs to put one up in game.
On Saturday, that practice paid off, when Carter hit the shot you see below as the buzzer sounded on overtime of Northmont's 67-66, double-overtime victory against rival Centerville (Ohio) High.
To say that the shot capped off a frenetic game is a significant understatement. According to the Daily News, Centerville led by five points with just 14 seconds remaining in double overtime, when Northmont's Jordan Taylor hit a basket and was fouled, connecting on the free throw with five seconds left.
After a quick inbounds, Centerville's Will Hobby was fouled with three seconds remaining, sending him to the line for two free throws, as Centerville was in the double bonus. Yet, instead of putting the game away, Hobby missed both free throws, with Northmont gathering a controversial rebound with 2.1 seconds left.
What happened after that is precisely what you see on the slightly shaky Android video above.
"That one I knew was going in," Carter told the Daily News. "As soon as it left my hand, I knew I had it."
Soon, everyone else in the gym knew he had it, too, setting off a scene of mass hysteria in the Centerville High stands as Northmont's players celebrated deliriously on the court.