Buzzer-beating shot questioned by coaches, players

Credit: WKBN

WILMINGTON, Pa. (WKBN) – A full court shot at the buzzer was the difference Tuesday night in a high school basketball game between Reynolds and Wilmington.

In the closing seconds of the game, Greyhounds junior Spencer Demedal scored with 2.5 seconds left on the clock, giving his team a 66-65 advantage. Thinking the game was over, the home team’s crowd began celebrating. But Reynolds senior Jacob Reimold then threw an across-court shot to cinch a 68-66 victory for Reynolds in the final seconds of the game.

The video of the amazing shot has gone viral, even making an appearance on ESPN as part of SportsCenter’s Top Ten.

Now, the schools say they have questions about the final outcome of the game.

Did they right team win? WKBN visited both schools to find out.

Reimold, who was back to practice at Reynolds High School Wednesday night, said he still can’t believe it happened.

“It was just kind of a prayer, and it happened to go in,” he said.

Reynolds Coach Dan Kilgore said everyone thought the game was over after Demedal’s shot and with only seconds left in the game.

“I mean they got a lay up with three seconds to win the game,” he said.

“I saw the kid shoot the ball, and I was like, ‘Man, that looks pretty good,’” Demedal said of Reimold’s shot.

Wilmington Coach Mike Jeckavitch said, due to the lack of time on the clock, he was skeptical that the shot counted, however.

“I went to the one ref, and I was like, ‘There was no way that shot could have counted,’ and he said, ‘It was good,’ and they all kind of ran off the court,” he recalled.

Upon further examination of the video, it shows the clock at zero with the ball still in Reimold’s hands. If instant replay was used in high school, the shot would not have counted.

“I’m not here to deny that or whatever, but the horn, it does sound like it goes off after I let go,” Reimold said.

WKBN listened for buzzer, but in the midst of the crowd, it was unable to be heard. Reynolds fans say it came after the shot, however.

Wilmington’s team was very complimentary of Reimold’s shot.

“Great shot,” Demedal said.

Jeckavitch said, thought, that he wishes there was more of a review.

“The only thing I wish would have happened was the officials gathering together and maybe discussing that call,” he said. “Like I said, we really didn’t get any explanation of what happened, and so they all kind of ran off the flood and that was the end of the game.”

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