In the early hours of March 9, Orr Academy (Chicago) basketball star Tyquone Greer was shot in the leg at a party. As you might expect, the 6-foot-7 senior forward missed all but one minute of Orr’s next two playoff games, but he was determined to play in Tuesday’s Class 3A Hoffman Estates Supersectional game against North Chicago.
“My leg was still kind of shaky, but this could have been our last game so I wanted to be out there,” Greer told the Chicago Tribune. “If we lost, I wanted to make sure that I was on the court with my team. That’s all that really mattered.”
Greer played sparingly and didn’t attempt a shot until he received a pass in the right corner with three seconds remaining and the game tied at 68. You already know what happened next:
“This could have been our last game and I wanted to make my presence felt,” said Greer, whose three-pointer advanced the Spartans to the state tournament for a second consecutive year. “For me to take that shot, God planned it for me because he has some better stuff for me. I knew I was going to make it. I was very confident.”
Marlon Jones scored a game-high 33 points for Orr.
Thanks to ESPN Chicago for bringing this story to our attention.