With 5.2 seconds left against crosstown rival Sam Houston High, Arlington (Texas) Martin coach Clint Schnell drew up a play calling for Kam Malbrough to get to the rim. He only got within 25 feet of the basket, but that’s all the space the senior point guard who’s dubbed himself “#KidClutch” required to sink his second game-winner of the season.
The final three of Malbrough’s 13 points on the evening proved the difference as time expired on Martin’s 56-53 win. As he notes on Twitter — using the hashtag #KidClutch, of course — this buzzer beater proved extra sweet, since Tuesday marked his birthday.
— Kam (@Imadawg_8) January 6, 2016
“That’s one way to pull it off. Yeah, that’s one way,” Schnell told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “It was just one of those nights, shots aren’t going down, little things aren’t going our way, ball doesn’t bounce our way, and we’ve got to persevere. You’ve got to find a way. We did enough to stay in it and give ourselves a chance to win it at the end. Luckily, the one shot that went down was the one we needed.”
Schnell mentioned Malbrough’s “made plays like that before,” which would be a ridiculous statement if it weren’t true. In the second game of the season, he made another running 3-pointer to snap a 50-50 tie and beat Mansfield (Texas) Legacy at the buzzer.
— Kam (@Imadawg_8) November 25, 2015
Malbrough also made the deciding basket late in a 72-70 win over Waxahachie (Texas) in late November. Martin has played five games decided by one possession plus another that went to overtime, and the Warriors are 6-0 in those contests. So it goes for Kid Clutch.