They say all good things must come to an end, but for a Mount Vernon men’s high school program that had won seven straight Class AA sectional titles, a two point lead with the ball and 2.9 seconds remaining was not the way they saw their streak ending.
After trailing by 10 points with just over three minutes left in the fourth quarter, New Rochelle went on a 9-1 run and found themselves inbounding the ball under their own hoop down 60-58 with 2.9 seconds remaining. Senior Khalil Edney heaved the rock towards half court, where it was intercepted by a Mount Vernon player who immediately threw the ball back up in the air in celebration. Instead of quitting on the play and embracing defeat, Edney sprinted to his own foul line where he caught he the ball and in one swift motion heaved a ¾ court shot that swished through the net.
What happened next can only be described as pure chaos, as both teams started celebrating, since it was unclear whether or not Edney’s shot beat the buzzer. A trio of refs huddled at center court, and after close to 15 seconds of deliberation, decided the shot counted.
New Rochelle entered the Section 1 tournament with just a .500 record, but left the Westchester County Center with their first section title since Geoff McDermott and Ray Rice’s immortal 2005 team. Khalil Edney, the senior who saved the day for the Huguenots, was also the quarterback for New Rochelle’s state champion football team this fall. Needless to say, he should have no problem finding a date for the prom.
It should also be noted that last night's 11 pm Sportscenter kicked off with coverage of this once in a lifetime play.
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