There’s only one good way to think about the horrible loss that befell the Rock Creek Middle School eighth grade boys basketball team on President’s Day: If there is any karma in the world, Rock Creek will win on a buzzer beater sometime in the near future, whether it’s in a basketball game or another sport.
The Mustangs, facing off against fellow Kansas Mid-East League foe Riley County, trailed by a score of 26-25 with the game’s final seconds ticking off the clock. Rock Creek drove the court, earned an inbounds and had one last chance for a game-winning bucket right in the lane. The running six-footer was a good attempt, and looked like it would bounce in … only to get stuck on the back of the basket’s stanchion again. With the ball still stuck the clock ran out, triggering a jump ball with 0.00 seconds left.
In other words, a stuck ball cost Rock Creek a win. As noted by our friends at For The Win, the ball didn’t just hesitate there, it probably would have remained stuck there for days until someone showed up with a broom.
According to one individual who shared the final play on Twitter, the failed bucket capped the Mid-East League championship game, which means that Riley County earned the league title on a stuck ball … by a final score of 26-25. That in itself is fairly hard to wrap one’s head around.