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Video: PUC Student Drains Clutch Shot for Playoff Spot

In a basketball shot that will be long remembered by PUC, Josh Jewett swished a shot from six feet beyond half court into the court of Holy Names University (meaning it was more than a half court shot) to help PUC gain a playoff spot in CalPac next week.

The game was crucial for PUC being able to play in the playoffs. Holy Names led by 7 points at halftime but PUC came back and built a small lead but then the teams traded points through the remainder of the game. Holy Names had a chance to win in regulation but with PUC’s tough defense were unable to do so sending the game into overtime with several hundred PUC students and fans cheering and waiting with nervousness. The sportsmanship was very good throughout the game with tough play on both sides. Holy Names had another chance to win but the shot clock ran out leaving PUC with 3.6 seconds of play in overtime. Most of us anticipated a second overtime but none of us should give up hope. Perhaps this is a lesson for other areas of campus.

You have to go to PUC’s web site to see what happened because this is one of those shots you see on national television sports programs given the importance of the game and almost impossibility of doing what Josh accomplished with barely a second left which would have sent the game into a second overtime. Coach Castillo tells me that Josh regularly practices half court shots but this one defies description.

VYB – Men’s Basketball from Ryann on Vimeo.

Go to PUC’s web site to see video taken by parent Robert Gonzales whose son Manny plays on the team.

Enjoy. Go PUC!

Richard Osborn is President of Pacific Union College.

Ed note: several San Francisco TV station are covering the shot in broadcasts tonight.

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