There were 0.6 seconds remaining on the clock. Alameda (Calif.) St. Joseph Notre Dame had no little to no chance to win the game, except that the Pilots had Long Beach State-bound senior power forward Temidayo Yussuf, who's apparently a miracle worker.
According to MaxPreps' account of a back-and-forth game between two California powerhouses, El Cerrito (Calif.) High's Jalen Walton stepped to the line with a 61-58 lead.
"Even if he misses and they get the rebound, there's no chance to get a shot off in time," El Cerrito coach Michael Booker told MaxPreps.
Guess again. In one swift motion that seems impossible if it weren't captured on video, Yussuf hauled in the rebound and flung an 80-foot shot off the opposite backboard that sent the game into overtime. No word on whether the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Division I recruit called glass. And it seems Booker is still trying to wrap his head around it.
"Honestly, the only one who thought it should count were the referees," Booker added. "You can't grab a rebound, land on your feet, turn and then shoot all in 0.6 seconds left. The clock just got started later than it should. ... Make no mistake, it was an amazing shot by an amazing player in an amazing game. ... I'm just glad we finally pulled it out."
Indeed, somehow one-loss El Cerrito gathered its emotions enough during St. Joseph's celebration and the ensuing referee debate that forced a 10-minute delay to win the game in OT, 71-64, spoiling Yussuf's remarkable 30-point, 10-rebound performance.
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