Sometimes you draw up a play for a buzzer-beater and it works to perfection. And sometimes things get a little weird and work out just as perfectly.
Such as was the case at the end of regulation in Saturday’s game between St. Joseph’s and Davidson. The Wildcats (6-8) had taken a 48-39 lead into halftime against the lowly St. Joe’s Hawks (3-12). However, the Hawks battled back in the second half and found themselves down 76-73 with four seconds left in the game.
The Hawks hustled down the court for a desperation heave but had just enough time to create a decent play for themselves. Myles Douglas brought the ball up and drew two defenders, which freed up some space at the top of the three-point line. Douglas saw Lorenzo Edwards standing there and delivered a pass clearly intended for the forward to attempt a buzzer-beater. However, a trailing Ryan Daly instinctually intercepted the pass with one hand and, realizing the clock was about to expire, just heaved the ball one-handed towards the basket.
Somehow, it went in.
THIS IS THE MOST INSANE GAME-TYING BUZZER BEATER EVER pic.twitter.com/q6pUf4eMYx
— Rush the Other 26 (@other26hoops) January 11, 2020
Meanwhile St. Joseph’s +850 ML still alive after this absurd buzzer beater 😵
— B/R Betting (@br_betting) January 11, 2020
Couldn’t have drawn that up any better. In fact, we’re pretty sure you couldn’t have drawn that up, period. Davidson ended up pulling away in overtime to win the game, but it doesn’t discount the acrobatic effort of Daly and the Hawks.