Gonzaga Basketball Trick Shots Video

The Gonzaga men’s basketball team is one of the best shooting teams in the country. They have the second best field goal percentage in the nation, landing more than 50% of their shots. That’s an impressive stat, but the shots the Zags make when they’re just messing around are even more impressive. Thanks to a Gonzaga basketball trick shots video, we get to see what these guys are capable off when they’re not in the national spotlight.

The Gonzaga basketball trick shots video features guards Kevin Pangos, Kyle Dranginis, Drew Barham and Rem Bakamus. They use trampolines, bicycles, walls, elastic bands, chairs and just about anything else they can find to drain buckets. They can also bomb from long distance. The Zags land multiple shots from halfcourt, high in the stands and even from the rafters inside McCarthey Athletic Center. My words can only say so much — you really have to watch the Gonzaga basketball trick shots video to believe it:

If Pangos, Dranginis, Barham and Bakamus weren’t enough, the Gonzaga basketball trick shots video also showcases PGA Tour golfer Kyle Stanley dialing up a long distance bucket. Stanley is from Gig Harbor, Washington, and as the video describes, he’s a big Gonzaga basketball supporter (even though he went to Clemson). Stanley is no slouch on the golf course either. He chalked up his first professional win at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open. At 25 years old, Stanley has a bright future on the links.

I think every shot on the Gonzaga basketball trick shots video is really impressive, but my favorite bucket is when Barham and Pangos team up at the 5:14 mark. Barham, who is standing near the free throw line with his back toward the bucket, bounces a ball high into the air. Pangos, who is just beyond the three-point arc, throws his basketball at Barham’s and deflects Barham’s ball toward the hoop and in. It’s truly unbelievable.

The Gonzaga basketball trick shots video came out in September and it already has more than 100,000 views. I covered the Bulldogs when I was a sportscaster in Spokane, but I’m clearly behind the times now. I honestly just saw highlights from the trick shot video during yesterday’s Gonzaga broadcast, and just watched the entire video for the first time this morning. Since I know I’m not the only one who hasn’t seen the video, I think it’s worth sharing — but not just for the incredible shots.

I think the Gonzaga basketball trick shots video showcases college basketball at it’s best. We often forget these are just kids when we watch these guys on game night. Pangos, Dranginis, Barham and Bakamus are only freshmen, sophomores and juniors, so they’re probably only 20 years old or younger. The Gonzaga basketball trick shot video gives us a much-needed reminder that these are simply college students — not multi-million dollar NBA stars — having a good time. It’s refreshing to see these guys cutting through all the pressure and just having a little fun.

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Gonzaga Basketball Trick Shot Video

Drew Barham gets ready to fire away on the Gonzaga basketball trick shots video

High School Halfcourt Game-Winning Buzzer Beater

It’s not quite college basketball’s March Madness, but high school hoops provide plenty of excitement in February. State championships hang in the balance throughout district, regional and state tournaments all over the country. Sometimes an entire season comes down to the final seconds of a game. In this instance, Kentwood (Wash.) High School star Jackson Huerta kept his team’s dreams alive with an amazing overtime halfcourt game-winning buzzer beater against Emerald Ridge High School.

Like the beginning of the video explains, Kentwood trailed Emerald Ridge 51-50 with 2.5 seconds left in a loser-out South Puget Sound League tournament game. Jeremy Harris calmly pushed the Emerald Ridge advantage to 52-50 after he made his free throw, but Kentwood wasn’t done. They gave the ball to Jackson Huerta, who quickly sprinted up the left side of the court. With two guys on him, Huerta fired off a halfcourt prayer before the buzzer. After a lucky bounce off the backboard, the front of the rim and the backboard again, the ball fell into the hoop for an unbelievable game-winning buzzer beater.

After his game-winner, Huerta told the Tacoma News Tribune that he felt good about his halfcourt shot the moment it left his hand:

“I am comfortable from the left (side),” Huerta said. “I spin it a little bit.”

That spin (or whatever it was Huerta did to make the game-winning buzzer beater) means Kentwood earned the final seed to the district tournament, while the miraculous shot ended the season for Emerald Ridge. It was a heartbreaking demise for the Jaguars and a thrilling victory for the Conquerors, and it shows just how much 2.5 seconds can actually mean in the game of basketball. I guess that’s why they call it madness.

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Jackson Huerta Game-Winning Buzzer Beater

Jackson Huerta just moments before he launched his game-winning buzzer beater.

65-Foot Buzzer Beater Wins High School Game

There are buzzer beaters, and then there are buzzer beaters. This is one of the most impressive game-winners I’ve seen in a long time. Brian Tyson of Olympic (Wash.) High School landed a 65-foot bomb to lift his team to a one-point victory on Wednesday night.

It’s a shot you have to see to believe. With his team trailing Kingston High School 56-54 with 2.7 seconds left in the game, Tyson took the inbounds pass from his teammate, dribbled twice, and heaved a three-quarter court shot to beat the buzzer and the Buccaneers, 57-56. Check this out!

Tyson’s game-winning buzzer beater left the Kingston players and fans stunned. They were left with nothing to do except stare in amazement as Tyson was mobbed by his teammates on the floor. It’s the ultimate example of “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat”.

I captured an impressive three-quarter court buzzer beater last season, but it didn’t win the game. I was shooting a high school basketball game in Spokane when University High School star Brett Bailey (he’s heading to the University of San Diego next year) splashed home a long bomb at the end of the first quarter. Click here to see the video.

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Brian Tyson right before he launched his game-winner

 

Brian Okam Shoots The Worst Free Throw Ever

I’m not the most athletic guy on the planet, but there’s one thing I’ve never had a problem with on the basketball court: shooting free throws. It’s the easiest part of the game. I don’t understand how professional or college players can’t shoot from the line. That’s just bad basketball – but there’s also really bad. That’s where Brian Okam comes in. He shot what is being considered the worst free throw ever.

The “worst free throw ever” happened in last night’s game between Appalachian State and Western Carolina. With his team ahead 48-40 in the second half, Okam, a backup center for the Mountaineers, went to the free throw line for two shots. He made the first free throw, but his second shot didn’t go as well. The drum roll, please…

Yikes! I can see why people say that’s the worst free throw ever. It was so bad the color commentator was only left with “I’m not sure what that was. Good Lord.” I love that Okam rubbed his hands on his shorts to make it seem like the ball slipped out of his grasp. It reminded me of a baseball player looking at his glove after an error. I guess he needed to do something to save face.

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Brian Okam during his fateful free throw

That embarrassing free throw possibly had more implications than most people know. Western Carolina immediately went on a 13-4 run after that, and eventually beat Appalachian State 70-64. Okam, a transfer from Rutgers, finished the game 0-2 from the field and 1-4 from the free throw line. He’s shot %54 from the line in his career.

Okam’s terrible free throw comes on the heels of Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard losing a free throw and three-point contest against the Los Angeles Kings mascot (yes, he lost to a mascot). That leaves me with just one word for these guys: FUNDAMENTALS — learn them!

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Dwight Howard Loses Shooting Contest To Mascot

Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard makes millions of dollars a year as a professional basketball player, but he’s living proof that you don’t have to be a good shooter to play in the NBA. This is a prime example: Dwight Howard’s range is so bad that he actually lost a shooting contest to a mascot.

Dwight Howard recently went toe-to-toe with Los Angeles Kings mascot Bailey in a free throw/three-point shooting contest. I’d surprisingly consider this a pretty fair showdown. Bailey is hindered by a mascot outfit, but he’s probably had a chance to work on his hoops during the NHL lockout. On the other side, Howard simply can’t shoot. Three-pointers (1-33 (.030%) in his career) and free throws (.585% all-time) aren’t his strengths.

In a not-so-stunning upset (after you really crunch the numbers), Bailey the mascot beat Howard. Here’s the video:

This is a whole different story if this is a dunk contest (and Bailey doesn’t get to use one of those stunt trampolines). Unfortunately for Howard, this battle was all about shooting.

It really was a no-win situation for Dwight Howard. If he won, he was supposed to beat a stupid mascot; if he lost, than it’s a bit of an embarrassment. I appreciate that Howard had fun with the whole thing — even though he lost (supposedly “on purpose”). At the same, I feel like the Los Angeles Kings had an ace in the hole. I think they tossed Spud Webb in the mascot suit or something. That lion had a pretty nice shot.

I have a feeling we won’t see Dwight Howard go for a gimmick like this ever again.

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Dwight Howard Loses Shooting Contest To Mascot

Dwight Howard after his loss against Bailey

The Most Memorable Sports Story I’ve Ever Seen

A good sports story is supposed to draw emotion out of the viewer. You need to make the audience attach to those involved, and give them a reason to care. That’s what makes a story memorable. It’s not always easy to make an everyday sporting event unforgettable, but sometimes the circumstances come together for an incredible story. I’ve watched a lot of sports stories over the years (and I’ve even put more than a few together myself) that just didn’t grab me. But, others have left a mark. There’s one story in particular about Louis Mulkey and the Summerville High School basketball team that I’ll never forget.

I saw this story when it was first aired on ESPN’s Outside the Lines four years ago. I’ve thought about it hundreds of times since (including recently, which reminded me to share this with you). I’m not going to bore you with anymore of my words, instead I’m going to let you watch the story. The two parts are about 14 minutes combined, but — trust me — it’s worth every second.

I can’t explain why this story (more than any other story I’ve seen) left such a mark on me. Maybe it’s Louis Mulkey’s dying words to his wife, “I love you.” Maybe it’s the amazing last-second three-quarter court buzzer-beater that dashed the Summerville basketball team’s hopes and dreams. Or, maybe it’s the fact that everything Louis Mulkey predicted years before, and everything the team fought for as a tribute comes true in the end. The story literally takes you from tears of sadness to tears of joy within a matter of minutes. It has a spot with me forever — and it drives me to tell great stories on television every day.

I hope you enjoyed the story of Louis Mulkey and the Summerville basketball team as much as I do. I’d love to hear from you about it. Leave a message below or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. Don’t forget to also check out more great sports coverage on http://allaroundtim.com.