It's the kind of shot most high school players dream of making at some point in their basketball career: the full-court buzzer beater to win the game with only seconds left on the clock.
While the shot is incredible, most know the odds of making the improbable shot in a game are about as good as making two holes-in-one in the same golf round. It just doesn't happen ... unless you're part of the boy's basketball team at Annapolis Area Christian (Maryland) School. The Maryland team had the chance to take part in the full-court high drama, not once, but twice this season.
Not only that, both game-winners happened within only days of each other -- from mirror spots on the floor. You can't make this stuff up.
The bad news? The school was on the winning end of the shot one night, and the losing end a few days later.
Ripley's Believe It Or Not may want to take a look at this team.
Tied at 47 on Dec. 4th against McDonogh, Annapolis Area Christian stole the inbounds pass with only a few ticks on the clock and watched as forward Phillip Perry launched a 75-foot prayer that banked in to win the game, 50-47.
Less than a week later, Dec. 10th, Annapolis Area Christian found itself in the exact same situation against Archbishop Curley. With only seconds left in overtime (Side note: Curley hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to send the game into overtime), Curley's Tyler Burton came up with the steal on the baseline, took one dribble and drilled a 75-foot bomb that went in at the buzzer.
"You're hoping on a prayer and it just happened to go in," Burton told Varsity Sports Network after the game.
Considering the near impossible odds of something like this happening to the same team just a few days apart, Annapolis Area Christian may want to consider sending a coach out for a lotto ticket. After all, you can never have too much funding for travel to tournaments, new uniforms and the like.
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