In one of the wildest finishes to a basketball game you'll ever see, Wichita (East) Heights High senior forward Ealy Bell tracked down a long rebound, wrestled it from a defender, spun and banked home a game-winning 3-pointer -- all in the span of 2.8 seconds.
Even better, Bell played off his improbable play like it was a foregone conclusion.
“I practice trick shots all the time,” Bell, who was 0-for-1 on 3-point attempts in his first seven games of the season, told The Wichita Eagle. “Fading away, just throwing it up there is no problem for me. I saw the backboard when I turned and that’s all I needed.”
After Heights erased a five-point deficit in the final minute, a trio of Wichita (Kan.) Southeast High free throws regained the lead, 62-61, and a Heights turnover gave Southeast the ball up one with 7.1 seconds left, according to The Wichita Eagle game story.
But Heights junior guard Semaj Hervey stole the inbounds pass, drew a foul and swished his first attempt to tie the game at 62 with 2.8 seconds remaining (as you can see in this low-def angle of the finale). Hervey missed the second free throw, allowing Bell to make the steal at the near sideline and connect on the spinning, banking triple that was apparently never in doubt. Game over, 65-62 in the Falcons' favor.
“The crazy thing about it, is that Ealy was practicing that turnaround, fadeaway shot all week,” Hervey told The Wichita Eagle, adding with a smile: “He hit it every single time.”
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