SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (WHNT) - In seven-tenths of a second, 12-year-old small forward Noah Linville did what most basketball players never get the chance to do. He hit a game-winning shot from beyond mid-court.
It happened in the Alabama Recreation and Parks Association Northeast Regional Tournament. Scottsboro's 12-and-under boys team was down two points to Guntersville with less than a second to go in the game.
"All you can do is catch and shoot at that point in time," said Scottsboro coach Scott Matthews.
Out of timeouts, guard Caleb Nix in-bounded the ball for the Wildcats.
"With point-seven seconds, I told Noah I was going to pass it to him and just throw it up and hope for the best," said Nix.
Linville caught the pass more than 65 feet away from his hoop, but that didn't stop him from shooting it.
"We got to inbound it and Caleb threw a perfect pass and I just launched it and it went in," said Linville. "I didn't know what to do after I made it. No body moved and everybody was screaming, so I just ran out the door."
"It's one of those things that you see every once in a while on TV but you never expect to see it in person and you really never expect to be a part of it," said Matthews.
The three-point shot extended the Wildcats' season. They went on to beat Monrovia in the semi-finals, then lost to Mount Carmel in the regional championship game.
The top two teams from each region are guaranteed a spot in the state tournament, though. Scottsboro will be one of 16 12-and-under teams throughout Alabama competing in the state tournament. It runs March 13th through the 15th in Homewood. Seedings for the tournament will be released Saturday.