It was all over. Hugo (Okla.) High was on the verge of a significant upset in the Oklahoma High School Activities Association state playoffs. They led state power Millwood (Okla.) High, 37-36, with just 2.9 seconds left. All they needed to do was inbounds the ball and dribble out the clock.
The Buffaloes inbounded the ball to star Trey Johnson. What happened next caught everyone, even Johnson himself, off guard.
As first reported by The Oklahoman, instead of dribbling out the clock, a discombobulated Johnson swiveled and scored on his own basket with an uncontested layup. The ball slipped through the net just as the buzzer sounded, giving Millwood the most unlikely of all 38-37 victories and a spot in the Class 3A state semifinals.
“When I saw the kid going that way, I was like, ‘No, he's not. No, he's not ... Oh, yes he is,'” Millwood assistant coach David Samilton told the Oklahoman. "I couldn't believe it.”
The scene that followed was truly surreal, again as described by the Oklahoma City-based newspaper.
Hugo's raucous crowd went still. Millwood's previously disheartened group of fans took a moment for reassurance, before breaking out in a wild celebration fit for this unlikely of an escape job.