There might be some things better in this world than an ecstatic small-college buzzer beater call, but it’s a very short list.
This comes to us from D-II Young Harris in Georgia, where the home Mountain Lions were taking on the visiting Montevallo Falcons. (Always a barnburner when those two get together.)
Trailing by 3 with a second left, Young Harris garnered this rebound off a missed free throw, and, well, let’s let Young Harris play-by-play man Tommy Jenkins take it from here:
“Missed free throw we still got a chance…at the buzzer…YES YES YES OH MY GOODNESS YES YES FORGIVE ME LORD I COUNTED MY CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCHED! WE KNOCKED DOWN A THREE POINTER! IT IS TIED .6 SECONDS WHEN HE NAILED IT PEOPLE WERE ALREADY LEAVING THE BUILDING, THEY’RE COMING BACK IN!”
The quick turn from detached dejection to exuberant elation is makes this so fantastic. That and the very southern tactic of bring the Lord’s name into things.
Unfortunately for Young Harris, their luck ran out, as Montevallo ended up overcoming the miracle shot and prevailing in overtime, 89-83. So, maybe he did have an accurate count of the chickens? How much can we twist this metaphor?
But wait, there’s more! Here’s Jenkins calling another C.J. Wilson buzzer beater:
“We gotta hurry. C.J. with the ball. 2…1…at the buzzer…YES YES YES YES THIS PLACE GOES NUTS! IT GOES NUTS! IT’S GOING CRAZY IN HERE! ICE WATER IN THE VEINS THREE-POINTER WITH TIME RUNNING OUT! YOUNG HARRIS WINS THIS ONE 75-74. Oh my Lord, what a game!”
He has a knack!
In fairness, Young Harris is a Methodist School, so the heavenly connection makes a lot of sense.
Keep revving up the engines for the big moments, Tommy.
We’re all the better for them.