Illinois player drills remarkable baseline-to-baseline buzzer beater

Cameron Smith

Too often, impressive basketball shots are called a "full court buzzer beater." A shot in a game on Tuesday really was, just about literally.

As first noted by MaxPreps, Marion (Ill.) High forward Brant Hill connected on a buzzer beater from one baseline to the other at the end of the first quarter of a game against Salem (Ill.) High. Collecting a rebound of a missed Salem free throw, Hill had just enough time to launch a desperate heave toward the other bucket.

Incredibly, the ball went right through, swish and all.

The longest triple possible proved to be 3 of Hill's 16 points, all part of a dominant Marion performance in a 68-46 victory. Incredibly, the Springfield Republican actually undersold Hill's full-courter, calling it a three-quarter court basket when it was clearly much more than that.

Evidently the writer in attendance on Tuesday didn't go back and watch the game film before filing on deadline.

For his part, Marion coach Shane Hawkins told the Springfield Republican that he was proud of his team's effort, noting that if they continue to play that hard, "the next two or three weeks could be a lot of fun."

If Hill hits a few more baseline-to-baseline threes, that would probably help, too.

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