To quote legendary announcer Jack Buck, “I don't believe what I just saw!”
In fact, I don’t think anybody in attendance for the Rush-Henrietta vs. Greece Athena boys basketball game at East High School this afternoon could believe it either.
In a tie game with just seconds to go, Bay Barley hit the shot of a lifetime.
Barley grabbed the Athena miss, and with the clock ticking down pushed the ball up the court. After making contact with a defender in a crowd, Barley went down, but kept his dribble long enough to avoid a travel. Then, just before the buzzer sounded, lunging from his knees, he threw the ball up in desperation, hoping something incredible would happen.
There will be much to debate about this shot. Did he travel? It's hard to tell. Was he fouled before he hit the deck? Possibly.
But one thing nobody can debate is the shot itself. There was no whistle. The shot counted. The Royal Comets won.
And Bay Barley has a memory, and a highlight, that will stay with him for the rest of his life.