As far as days on the basketball court go, they don’t get much better than the one that Woodland High School’s Ryan Sturdivan put in on Monday night.
As reported by the Longview Daily News and The Columbian, both news outlets in Washington state, Sturdivan delivered a game-winning three-pointer from half court to lift Woodland past Kelso, 49-47, as the final seconds ticked off the clock. Incredibly, the dramatic bucket wasn’t even Sturdivan’s first of the game; he had also connected on a prior buzzer beater from behind the mid-court stripe.
The two bombs accounted for six of Sturdivan’s game-high 24 points, nearly half of his team’s scoring total.
“I probably make those shots about two percent of the time,” Sturdivan told the Daily News. “And that’s on a good day. You don’t really practice them, unless you’re playing ‘Horse,’ or think about them too much. If the ball winds up in your hands at the end of a close game, you just hope you can make one.”
He made two, and he saved his team’s bacon in the process. While all the buzz after the game was about Sturdivan’s clutch shooting, his coach was quick to flip the script and find the cloud behind his star guard’s considerable silver lining.
“If we’re in that position, we do want Ryan taking the shot,” Woodland coach Jason Buffum told the Daily News. “You just don’t want to be in that position.
“We made mistakes and did a lot to make winning the game harder, but we kept ourselves in position to make something happen at the end. You throw up a lot of ‘Hail Marys’ in this game — and sometimes you hit one.”