This is simply one of those plays that you have to see to believe.
New Rochelle High School (NY) senior Khalil Edney heaved an absolute prayer from beyond half court and it went in, propelling his team to a 61-60 victory over third-seeded Mount Vernon in the New York Section 1 Class AA championship game on Sunday.
While certainly incredible, Edney’s miraculous shot was only part of an even stranger sequence that saw the ball change hands several times. Mount Vernon intercepted a New Rochelle pass, but then instead of dribbling the ball out, a Mount Vernon player lobbed the ball in the air. It was then picked off by Edney, who flung the ball more than 50 feet toward the other end, finding the bottom of the net as time expired.
“I just threw it up. I thought it was gonna bounce off the front rim, but it was all net,” Edney said, via ESPN.com. “I couldn’t believe it.”
Initially the shot was ruled no good by officials, but after talking it over, they reversed the call and the basket counted.
“I didn’t know whether it counted or not [at first],” Edney said. “In my eyes, it counted, so I started running around. Everybody stormed the court. I was under the pile when we found out it might not count. Then the referees huddled, and when they said the shot was good, I started running around again and screaming.”
To add to the shot’s improbability, it was Edney’s first made three-pointer of the entire season.
New Rochelle will now advance to the state playoffs, which begin Tuesday, but before that you’ll be able to see Edney interviewed on Sportscenter and the Today Show on Monday morning.