A miraculous game winning shot by Heights' Ealy Bell was featured on ESPN's Sportscenter as the top play of the day. Bell chased down a missed free throw and banked in a three pointer at the buzzer, giving the Falcons a win over Southeast Tuesday night.
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Ealy Bell's game-winning buzzer beater to defeat Wichita Southeast still leaves those who watch the video incapable of describing it. The best word comes from his teammates, Semaj Hervey and Arie Johnson.
"It was just crazy," Johnson said.
"It all happened so fast... Crazy," Hervey added.
The crazy shot gave Wichita Heights a 65-62 win over its City league rival and created a social media firestorm as the video made its rounds on the internet.
"USA Today looked at it. Bleacher Report was on it. 'Ball Is Life'," Bell said after a day of school which included a mass of teachers and classmates offering congratulations and wondering how he actually made the shot fall.
"I just didn't want them to get the ball and get off some crazy shot like we did and I was just trying to save it. When I realized I had about one second left I just turned around and shot it like any other shot. It just went in," Bell said.
No matter how many times the video is replayed, it never seems as simple as he makes it sound.
"That's one of the most exciting things I've ever seen in sports so everybody was incredibly pumped up. We had a great student crowd and it was one of the most exciting things I've ever had the privilege to be a part of," said Heights coach Joe Auer.
The shot came after Hervey tied the game on a free throw. When he missed his second shot, the game appeared to be going to overtime before Bell chased down the rebound and delivered the winning heave as time expired.
The Falcons are now 7-1 and in the hunt with Wichita East (8-0) for a City League championship.