There are buzzer-beaters, desperation heaves and game-winners. Then there’s the shot that Khalil Edney put up Sunday. It was a combination of all three.
Edney, a senior center at New Rochelle High School in New York, hit a 55-foot, one-handed heave as time ran out, giving his team a 61-60 upset win over Mount Vernon in New York’s Section 1 Class AA championship game.
“I can’t believe it happened. I’m in shock right now,” Edney told ESPNNewYork.com’s Mike Mazzeo. “I just threw it up. I thought it was gonna bounce off the front rim, but it was all net. I couldn’t believe it.”
Nor could anyone else. Edney inbounded the ball under the basket with 2.9 seconds left, but his bullet pass was intercepted at midcourt by a Mount Vernon player, who lofted it to run out the clock. Edney caught it in front of the 3-point line his team was defending and put up a shot as time ran out.
“The pass got intercepted, and then the kid on [Mount Vernon] threw the ball up and celebrated, but the time didn’t run out,” Edney told WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” show Monday morning. “So I just grabbed the ball and I just threw it.”
Nothing but net…and confusion. Both teams were celebrating until replays showed Edney had released the ball it with about 0.1 left on the clock.
“In my eyes, it counted, so I started running around,” Edney said. “Everybody stormed the court. I was under the pile when we found out it might not count. Then the referees huddled, and when they said the shot was good, I started running around again and screaming.”
Edney finished with seven points and nine rebounds for 13-9 New Rochelle. His shot got him spots on the “Today” show and “SportsCenter” today, as well as big-time tweets from, among others, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, a former New Rochelle player who was at the game.
No matter how far New Rochelle advances from here, Edney is playing his final basketball games. He says he’ll play football — he’s a quarterback, if you couldn’t tell by his arm — in the fall at Dean Junior College in Massachusetts. The shot was emotional for another reason for Edney. His mother died of cancer in 2006 when he was 11.
“She’s the reason I made it,” Edney told Mazzeo. “That shot was everything. It was a message sent from her. It was very difficult. I’m a momma’s boy. I’ve got ‘momma’s boy’ tattooed on the inside of my arms. That represents everything to me.”