Column: A pattern of buzzer-beaters in prep basketball
Honestly, I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on the big picture.
With that being said, when one gets locked inside their own townhouse it’s sometimes hard to keep the faith.
I could go into great lengths, but I’m not sure it matters.
Anyway, I’ll continue with a personal aside.
What should’ve been a routine Saturday last weekend turned into anything but.
Let’s just say I’m not going to blame my landlord or Warren’s Josh Welch.
I’m not sure when it all started or who had the first one.
However, for some odd reason there sure seems to be an insane plethora of buzzer-beating shots this year in our area for Ohio prep basketball.
Of course, I’m not necessarily saying these are game-winning daggers or anything of the such.
Truth be told, anyone who has played the game of roundball has on more than one occasion done the 3-2-1, release, swish, game-winning bucket in their imagination or practiced it on a rim, even if it was a sweet-kiss banked in hook shot ala Lew Alcindor.
Before I continue.
I did a search on the world wide web for did Lew Alcindor — aka Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — have a hook shot?
The answer was a young Lew Alcindor started to learn the hook shot through what is called “the George Mikan drill.” Named for the dominant big man of the early NBA, the Mikan drill was essentially comprised of shooting hook shots over and over with each hand moving steadily away from the basket.
The only reason I bring that up is because the thought of it offers me more joy than last Saturday.
Also, I ran into an area youth hoopster recently at his outside rim and slowed down in the car and told him to make sure to work on that Mikan drill.
I asked him if he knew what that was, and he answered in the affirmative.
Getting back to last weekend.
First, and foremost, like I said I’m not going to blame Warrior basketball player Josh Welch.
When I go to a basketball game now, I’m so spoiled I’m almost upset when I don’t see a buzzer-beater.
It’s become an honest running joke in the office.
Did you have a buzzer-beater, tonight?
Yeah, just two.
That’s what I witnessed at Marietta last week. Saylor Wharff ended the third for the Tigers with a corner swish 3 and Warren’s Kelly Jackson had a short kiss to beat the first-half buzzer.
My issue with Mr. Welch?
After Warrior teammate Seth Dennis blocked a shot by Eastern Brown’s Colton Vaughn, who tried a long heave just a little too soon before the end of the first, Welch had the ball in his hands at the top of the key.
What did he do?
He put it up and it banked in with a half second left and then the buzzer went off.
Talk about disappointment.
If it just could’ve been a split second later!
As for the townhouse, we can leave it at when the door lock locks up one is just happy to get out and watch some hoops.
Contact Jay Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org