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Video: Watch 3 boys basketball playoff buzzer beaters all in 1 crazy night
It’s a shot practiced in backyards, driveways and empty gyms, but hardly exists outside of fantasy.
The clock is winding down and, with ball in hand, the opportunity presents itself.
Three, two, one … pandemonium.
The dream became reality for Jesuit guard Brocke Stepteau, Trophy Club Byron Nelson guard Keyunta Watkins and Richardson guard Nylan Yancy this past Friday, as all three made buzzer-beating shots to keep their teams alive in the UIL playoffs.
See videos from each shot below.
Of the three baskets, Nylan Yancy’s was the most improbable. With his team trailing Mesquite by one with a 1.5 seconds remaining, the junior guard grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw. Unguarded, he took two dribbles and — still nearly 10 feet behind the half-court line — flung a shot at the basket as the buzzer sounded.
Brocke Stepteau was the original target in Jesuit’s last-second play, designed to come off a hard pick-and-roll, and “make a play.” But it was guarded well by Lakeview, as the defender slid off the pick to prevent the pass, then closed to prevent an open shot. After passing quickly to another teammate, Stepteau found the ball back in his hands — with little time to spare.
Already the game’s leading scorer with 20 points in a 45-45 deadlock with Waco University, Keyunta Watkins had to work himself free to receive the inbounds pass. With nine seconds remaining, University attempted to force the ball from his hands, trying to trap him twice. A nifty, between-the-legs dribble split the second trap, and Watkins raced down the court with his left hand, attacking the rim with a right-handed layup over a much taller defender.