California kid's 75-foot buzzer-beater delivers miracle prep playoff victory

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As the seconds ticked off in a tie game in California's Central Section Open Division quarterfinals, the worst that could have happened, the Half Moon Bay (Calif.) High penetrator must have thought, was overtime.

David Parsons, a junior at San Francisco's Sacred Heart Cathedral, had other ideas.

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In the final moments, he picked the Half Moon Bay ballhandler's pocket in the lane and heaved a 75-foot shot from the opposite free throw line that banked home and delivered a 49-46 upset on Friday night.

"I shoot those shots during intramurals and they never come close," Parsons, who finished with 15 points, told the San Francisco Chronicle's Mitch Stephens. "It was just lucky. It was crazy."

Crazy, yes. Lucky? Maybe not. After all, Parsons drained a 3-pointer with 0.9 seconds left to force OT in Sacred Heart Cathedral's eventual win last week over rival San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra High in the West Catholic Athletic League tournament semifinals. Perhaps the kid just has a knack for the moment.

"He's never afraid to take the last shot," SHC coach Darrell Barbour told the paper. "I'm never surprised with what he does late in a game. Except for maybe that. I can't say I was counting on that going in."

While Barbour compared Parsons' heave to Lakers legend Jerry West's 60-footer against the Knicks in the 1970 NBA Finals, it wasn't all that different from Albuquerque (N.M.) Eldorado High senior guard Catilin Duree's 70-footer in a New Mexico girls' basketball game a day earlier.

It's prep basketball tourney time, a.k.a. buzzer-beater season, and David Parsons just joined the party.

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