By Matt Norlander
Kaboom. And kaboom. And KABOOM!
There were a reported 1,631 people inside Kellogg Gym in Pomona, Calif., Friday night. Ten years from now, that number will swell to at least five times over due to "first-person" recounts thanks to how legendary this ending was.
Cal Poly Pomona and Cal State Dominguez Hills -- a couple of D-II schools -- played a double-OT regular-season finale that is one for the ages. This age, any age, all ages can appreciate this sort of end-of-game dynamite. The California Collegiate Athletic Association game was decided by three baskets, three 3-pointers, in the final 8.7 seconds. It was, and is, the absolute epitome of emotional swings in sports.
This is why basketball's so great. You don't get the pendulum to sway like this so fast, and three times, in any other sport. Check the first shot at the beginning, by Cal Poly Pomona's DeRonn Scott, then click to 2:30 to see the rest. A kid by the name of Mitchel Anderson hits the 60-foot shot to give the Pomona Broncos a 60-58 win. My favorite detail: there wasn't a single point scored in the first overtime. First the drought, then came the rain.
Exasperated play-by-play men always make that moment better. It's like they're willing a woman to birth.
By the way, Robert Willhite sank the 3 from the top of the key for Dominguez Hills with just .6 seconds left, giving the Toros the fleetest of leads. Willhite, just .6 away from being a legend.
(Dutiful hat tip to The Big Lead for getting spreading this first.)