Lightning Strike With No Time Left At WWS

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA -- Over the last remaining minutes of regulation, it was a round period of time for guard Tarik Phillip of the Long Island Lightning AAU boy's basketball program ...

Phillip had missed several key free throws down the stretch, allowing an opportunity by the Kansas Prey AAU team to knot the score at the buzzer.

However, Phillip didn't falter under the most extreme circumstance, nailing a free throw with no time remaining in overtime to give one of the Lightning teams here in Disney World a come from behind 67-66 victory in pool play.

After a basket by the Lightning with 39.7 seconds left in regulation gave the Long Island based AAU team a 58-56 lead, the team from Kansas coughed the ball up on a turnover.

Phillip then hit a string of bad luck, a couple of free throws and rolled off the side of the rim or went in and out.

The situation repeated itself with 15.1 seconds left. Then a lucky bounce for the Kansas team saw the ball hit high off the rim and through the net as the buzzer ended regulation.

The unflappable Phillip then sealed the game with no time remaining hitting the second of two free throws to win the game.

Watching the young man battle back was inspiring, much like some of the performances we have seen over the years at either IS8 in South Jamaica or at Fordham during the Rumble in the Bronx.


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