Hugo (Okla.) led Millwood 37-36 with 2.9 seconds remaining in last night’s state quarterfinal. All they needed to do was inbound the ball and run a little time off the clock. Instead, guard Hugo Johnson raced toward the wrong hoop and tossed the ball in as time expired. He somehow forgot which way he was supposed to go.
As the buzzer went off, Johnson's layup fell through. And for a brief moment, the entire arena fell silent.
Hugo's raucous crown 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.
“That was truly a miracle,” Franklin would say.
But on the other end of the emotional spectrum lay Johnson and his heartbroken teammates, brought to tears by an unfortunate mistake.
“Without a doubt, that's the toughest locker room I've ever had to talk to,” Hugo coach Darnell Shanklin said.
Johnson, in particular, was tough to console. The junior had played energized and effective for more than 31 minutes, helping key an impressive defensive effort.
But that final play, two of the four points he was credited with on the night, is the one that will stick through a tough offseason.
“He gives you 100 percent all the time,” Shanklin said. “Heart goes out to the kid because he feels bad. He feels really, really bad.”
Uh, yeah. One would think so.
[H/T: News OK]