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A full-court look at the full-court shot

Bishop Timon-St. Jude may not have been a winner Tuesday night, but Tiger sophomore Kyle Kobis hit the shot heard round the Manhattan Cup.

Just an awesome job by videographer/producer/reporter Lauren Mariacher to have the camera rolling right to the last second of the quarter.

After the initial buzz in the crowd, the next buzz was "Keith, did you guys get it?" I looked over a Lauren, who was wearing an uncertain look. She didn't know if she had it, but she played it back in the camera's viewfinder and we watched what you just watched.

Several people stopped by during the game to take a look at the clip, which we posted in a story posted on our home page. Check out the always-entertaining comments section as well for a debate about whether the shot was good. It looks good to me -- if only by one-tenth of a second. Amazing stuff.

During the blog I said I had never seen a shot like that before -- which isn't exactly true. In a classic sectional game, Grover Cleveland's Jose "Ace" Narvaez fired a similar full-court, touchdown-style shot the length of the court and it banged off the backboard and in at the halftime buzzer.

I'm guessing that Kobis' shot traveled further because I'm pretty sure Grover's gym is not as lengthy as the college court at Koessler.

Funny how things work out. Narvaez's shot came in a 2004 Class A-1 quarterfinal -- the round of games that are coming up Friday -- and Grover beat Hutch-Tech, 67-66. It was a matchup of two of the best large schools that season, but only one could make it to Buffalo State -- that same level of drama that will unfold on Friday (including when Grover travels to Medina in a matchup of top 10 small schools). Current UB senior and then-Hutch-Tech junior Rodney Pierce hit what was believed to be a three-pointer in the final seconds of the game, but the officials waved it off to a two (correctly) and the Engineers lost by one.

I'm kicking myself about not having the iPhone fired up for Kobis' shot, but I've learned that I can only do so much during a game, and first quarter video highlights are not too crucial. However, I suppose it wouldn't hurt to have it on during the final seconds of each quarter. The other night at Lancaster, Depew's Jacob Maryniewski hit a half-court buzzer beater and I was kicking myself then, too.

Another shot I thought of before I remembered Ace's touchdown pass was Trevor Short's halftime buzzer-beater from half-court two years ago, when he was a sophomore. That was memorable because it came at Buffalo State. Hmm, who will the buzzer beaters and half-court heaves belong to this year?

---Keith McShea


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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