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High school hoops buzzer-beater goes viral

Published: Feb. 7, 2016 at 12:21 AM EST|Updated: Feb. 21, 2016 at 12:21 AM EST
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Male High School's Alex Cook hit what is arguably the shot of the season - at least so far - in Kentucky high school boys' basketball Friday night.

After a wild scramble for a loose ball Cook, a 6-foot-6 senior forward, drilled a halfcourt-heave at the buzzer to lift the host Bulldogs to a 65-62 win over visiting St. Xavier.

The play went viral a short time later. The Courier-Journal's Steve Bittenbender (@freelancehack on Twitter) made "Top 10" plays on ESPN's SportsCenter and was also the clip anchor Scott Van Pelt showed during his "Best Thing I Saw Today" segment. It also showed up on various websites, including Deadspin (see here), Time (see here) and SB Nation (see here).

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Here's how the final seconds unfolded at Male.

After St. X's William Olsen tied the game on a 3-pointer with 11 seconds to play, Male's Cornelius Watts quickly dribbled the ball upcourt. As he reached the free throw line Watts jumped and passed to teammate Deondrai Williams, who was near the 3-point line. The senior guard then tried to pass the ball back to a trailing Cook, but St. X's Connor Knight deflected it, creating a free-for-all for the basketball. Cook reached it first and in one motion the Bellarmine University recruit grabbed it, turned and launched a leaping shot that splashed through the net as time expired.

Cook was immediately mobbed by his teammates and Male fans.

Cook, who is averaging 17.3 points per game, is considered to be one of the top candidates for Kentucky's Mr. Basketball award.

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