Hawl In: Discover this moment, The St. Peter Buzzer-Beater
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS – Anyone who has a camera or smartphone dreams of a moment like the one that happened at St. Peter Lutheran School on February 16th.
It’s an ending to a basketball game that had internet fame written all over it. But the story passed along to me following the shot presents a good reason why it deserves to go viral.
Below is this game-winning shot captured by team videographer Jonathan Kaspar. It’s from the St. Peter Lutheran School 6th grade basketball team who was hosting St. Paul of Mount Prospect in their final game of the season.
Down by two with 3.6 seconds left, the Saints’ Connor Dell stole the ball and headed down court then heaved it toward the opposite goal.
The final tenths of a second tick down in the background as the shot floats in the air and towards the bucket. With 0.1 on the clock, it finds its way into the hoop. Nothing but net, not even the rim.
St. Peter 27 St. Paul 26. The sixth grader Dell had himself a game-winner and it was all caught on tape.
But it's not just the shot itself that makes it deserve to go viral, though it should. Dell managed to grab the ball and heave it from about 35 feet away in one motion and hit the shot. There's a story to it as well.
It was told to me by Kaspar and another from Jen Klein. For one it was a comeback win in a low scoring game with St. Peter falling behind 7-0 to start the game and by ten points later on.
Michael Enz helped to get the rally started with a layup in the fourth quarter. JJ Kaspar hit a jumper with 45 seconds left to get the deficit down to two.
Then the unlikely hero emerged. Why unlikely?
You see Dell missed what Kaspar described as "85" percent of the season due to a broken foot suffered during Christmas break. This was his first game back and he didn't seem to be favoring the foot as he tossed the ball into the net.
How about that for a comeback and the newest basketball viral video. It came from the lens of Kaspar who emailed this about Connor after he hit the shot.
"Connor is a superb athlete and natural scorer whose absence was felt during the year. On the game winning play, his instincts took over and he made a tremendous steal and shot," wrote Kaspar. "My favorite aspects of the play is the visiting Coach standing up and applauding Connor's heroics, and Connor a few moments later pointing to the sky, similar to the team's sports hero, Steph Curry of the NBA."
For a moment on the floor, he hit a shot like him as well. Maybe Curry will get the chance to see this game-winner just like other rival videos through the year. Share this article to spread the word about this comeback buzzer-beater.