Most high school kids dream of scoring the game winning basket for their school basketball team, especially in a do-or-die, must win playoff game. For Hugo (Okla.) High School guard Trey Johnson, that dream turned into a nightmare of epic proportions when he made the game winning layup in the Oklahoma Class 3A state quarterfinals…for the opposing team.
With his Hugo team up 37-36 over the heavily favored Millwood High School, and possession of the ball out of bounds with a scant 3.7 seconds left on the clock, Hugo tossed the ball on the inbound play to Johnson, who dribbled the ball and made the uncontested layup. The reason it was uncontested, obviously, was that he was taking a shot at his own basket, a rather major detail considering the circumstances.
The incredible gaffe snatched defeat from the jaws of victory and gave Millwood the improbable last second 38-37 win. As for Trey Johnson, it’s safe to say that he’s absolutely crushed over what happened, but at least he can take solace in the fact that there’s a distinct possibility his highlight/lowlight will make it onto ESPN. Sure it will be for all the wrong reasons, but in a dreadful situation like this it’s always best to accentuate the positive.
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