Dedicates match-winning shot to his mother who died of cancer
A U.S. high school basketball player who pulled off an incredible match-winning shot just ahead of the buzzer, has dedicated his feat to his mother who died of cancer.
His buzzer-beater – a goal just before the buzzer sounded – has made Khalil Edney an Internet sensation after the video was posted on Youtube.
On Sunday, Edney was a 17-year-old quarterback who moonlighted with the New Rochelle High School basketball team. He ranked second in scoring, but as a reserve, and an injured one at that, who nearly missed this particular playoff game with a bad ankle.
By Monday, he had become a new-age celebrity, a (young) man of the moment, all because of one play that lasted a couple of seconds: a two-handed heave that traveled 55 or so feet and won New Rochelle a playoff contest. It became known simply and unoriginally as The Shot.
In a world driven and captured and analyzed on social media, the feedback is instant, often over-dramatized.
A high school playoff game can conclude in dramatic fashion and word can spread across the country in a matter of minutes.
The shot meant more, though, to Edney, whose mother died from cervical cancer in 2006.
At a news conference, Edney spread his arms wide to show the "momma's boy" tattoo, along with the date of her birth (right arm) and the day she died (left). He says he feels his mother watches over him as he plays.
New York Times