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Great Clips of the Week: BYU fan wins $4,000 with halfcourt make

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Dec. 23, 2019 at 11:02 a.m.

FROM DOWNTOWN — Like an SEC football game, some shots "just mean more" than others in basketball.

That was the case this week, with one shot during a media timeout of BYU basketball's 30-point win over Weber State — and a game-winner for Taylorsville's boys hoops.

As always, click the video above for more Great Clips of the Week. And if you ever hit a buzzer-beater in an actual game, make sure it's captured on a grainy cell phone camera — or it doesn't count.

We don't make up the rules.

From downtown

We’ve seen a lot of big shots hit by the BYU basketball team in the Marriott Center as the Cougars have compiled a 10-4 record in the first season under head coach Mark Pope.

We found one that may top them all — even better than TJ Haws' surprising dunk to wrap up Saturday's win, the Cougars' third-straight.

During a media timeout, one BYU student had a chance to win $4,000, courtesy of Provo-based Qualtrics. All he had to do was drain a halfcourt shot, any way he could.

No problem, right?

Right you are.

The chest pass to beat all chest passes.

Nebeker adds a 'W' to T-ville

With time running down and Taylorsville boys’ basketball needing a big shot to upset Brighton on Dec. 17, it would be easy for the Warriors to get the ball to leading scorer Cameron Millican or fellow double-digit average shooter James Gavin.

Those assumptions would be wrong, though.

With four seconds left, Taylorsville guard Cole Nebeker drifted into the lane, started to drive, then stepped back and unleashed a floater at the buzzer.

Swish. Ball game.

It was just the third point of the game for Nebeker, who has only scored in double digits once in seven games for the Warriors (5-2) — a 10-point outing against Murray in a 50-44 win on Dec. 6.

We’ve got a feeling Taylorsville will trust him a little more from now on, though, after the Warriors improved to 5-2 on the year with just three games to go before opening Region 2 play Jan. 10 against Kearns.

Moves like Denton

The best play we saw all week, though, came from the Texas state high school football championships, played at Jerry World, the unofficially named home of the Dallas Cowboys.

Tre Smith ran what may be the greatest trick play of all time with a fake handoff that turned into a 97-yard kickoff return touchdown for Denton’s Ryan High in the Class 5A Division I state championship.

After Shadow Creek went up 7-0 in the first quarter, Smith became the third Ryan player to touch the ball on the ensuing kickoff with a fake reverse that went to the house.

Shadow Creek got the last laugh, though, holding on for a 28-22 win at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

By way of official statement, we’d like to say that we are pro-fake reverse handoffs on kickoffs in high school football title games.

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