In what might go down as the play of the boys basketball season, Phoenix Sunnyslope guard Jaran Whitfield took an inbounds pass under his basket, took a couple of dribbles and let loose.
He banked in a 70-footer that gave Sunnyslope a 39-38 victory over King’s School of Seattle on Wednesday in the Visit Mesa Basketball Challenge at Mesa Mountain View.
Corey Kispert’s shot gave King a 38-36 lead with time about to run out.
Without a timeout, Sunnyslope got the ball quickly to Whitfield.
“I saw the clock running down and in my head I thought if I took a couple of dribbles and let it fly, it would have a shot, and luckily it went down,” Whitefield said.
His father, Marty, went to Twitter to give credit to Jaran’s mom for being to hit a shot like that to win the game.https://twitter.com/mdub33/status/814304251262291968
Afterward, teammates mobbed Whitfield on the court.
“It just felt so surreal,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that the shot went down.”
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