The other night the Faculty-Staff Basketball team squared off against a team of SBTS students for all the marbles in the Intramural Basketball championship. We (the Faculty-Staff team) jumped out to an early lead, but soon lost that and by half-time we were down by 20 points.
We clawed our way back into the game as Matt Emadi and David “Gunner” Gunderson relentlessly put points on the board. With two minutes to go, we had a 2 point lead. The students tied the game, and then they got the ball with just under a minute to play. They drove to the basket, got fouled, and went to the line for 2 free throws, making one.
So we were down 1 point, 68 – 67, with 4.1 seconds on the clock. We called time out. What followed was the stuff of legend. In-bounding the ball, I was looking for Emadi or Gunderson all the way. Gunner came open. We had mentioned the possibility of getting the ball in-bounds and calling time out from half court. I knew, though, when I threw the ball to Gunner, that he was going hard to the hoop. Here’s what happened:
Gunner took the ball, went down the court, and hit the clutch buzzer-beating three with a guy in his face!
70 – 68 Faculty-Staff Championship!