VIDEO: Crazy full court shot send game to overtimePosted: Feb 09, 2018 8:42 AM Updated:
JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- A video of a Rock County middle school basketball game is going viral after a Marshall Middle School 8th grader made a full-court shot he'll never forget.
"My friends keep telling me that I’m going to be on SportsCenter top 10,” said Matthew Erikson, an 8th grader at Marshall Middle School in Janesville.
With about three seconds to go, Marshall Middle School was down by three. A video shot by Hector Gonzalez Jr. shows 14-year-old Matthew Erikson making a shot from full-court.
"I knew we had to score, so I chucked up a prayer,” said Erikson.
Erikson tied up the game 48-48.
"He threw this bullet down the court that wasn't much higher than the court. It was like a line drive,” said Mike Tollefsrud, Marshall Middle School basketball coach.
Coach Tollefsrud has been coaching basketball for 25 years and said he's never seen anything like it.
"I've seen half courts, lots of three-point game winners but a full court buzzer beater going into overtime was one of a kind,” said Tollefsrud.
The team thought they had no chance.
"I thought the game was over. Everyone was about to leave,” said Erikson.
Erikson makes a 70-foot shot or what he's calling a miracle shot.
"I’m not a shooter. Post work gets all my points in the paint,” said Erikson.
Erikson's miracle shot was posted on social media and has been viewed nearly 4,000 times. He said he’s not sure if he could make another full-court shot.
"I don't think I could. I think that was just a once in a lifetime shot,” said Erikson.
He said Wednesday night’s game would be a game his family will never forget.
"My mom says every time she brings it up; she just starts smiling. She just texted me this morning saying how proud of me she was, and so did my dad,” said Erikson.
Some may call it luck, some may call it skill, but for now, Matthew said he'll be watching the game over again and soak in the moment.
Marshall beat Cunningham, 61 to 57. Matthew said he hopes to play ball in high school. He said his main focus is winning the next two games left in the season.