Storming the court after a season-altering victory just might be the epitome of basketball fandom, as long as nobody gets hurt -- especially your own team's chances at said victory.
After senior Alan Haagen sunk three consecutive free throws to give Brush Prairie (Wash.) Hockinson High a 71-70 lead, a group of students stormed the Hawks' home court -- one second early, resulting in a technical foul that cost Hockinson the game, according to reports from The Oregonian and The Columbian.
When the students preemptively rushed approximately 12 feet onto the floor, referees had no choice but to blow the whistle, and rival Camas (Wash.) High senior Jordan Lenard made both free throws to seal a 72-71 win that kept his Papermakers unbeaten.
"They did what they had to do to win the game," Hockinson coach Trevor Person, who handled the situation about as well as anyone could have in that situation, told The Oregonian. "To have an outside situation dictate the outcome was a little disappointing. I wanted our players to have the feeling of what it’s like to win a game like that.”
Obviously, Person had never seen such a call before, although he praised the officials for calling a solid game. After consoling his own team, the Hawks coach also reportedly addressed the student section that helped deliver just their second loss of the season.
“I don’t know if they were crying or not, but their heads were in their hands," he added. "I told the student section thank you. I didn’t want that situation to dictate how they cheer for us. Our crowd was phenomenal. I don’t want to fault an exciting student section.”
Needless to say, Hockinson fans had been whipped into a frenzy as the Hawks erased a five-point Camas lead in the final 1:37 with a Jack Klodt dunk, a Nate Gunderson layup and Haagen's three free throws, according to The Columbian's game story.
At least come playoff time they'll know to wait for the final buzzer to storm the floor.
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