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Buzzer-burned Pt. II

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Tempe High’s boys earned the No. 2 seed in coach Tom Saltzstein’s first season, then staged a couple comebacks in the tournament to set up a semifinal meeting with Flagstaff. The Buffaloes trailed by 10 points at halftime but forged a tie late to force overtime, then again in the extra session and it appeared a second OT was coming. But 0.8 seconds were put back on the clock for the final possession of OT, enough time for Flagstaff to pull off a full-court connection between Conner Estes and Trevor Johnson to hit a game-winning shot. Tempe knew a “Hail Mary” play was coming, but despite the perplexity of how Flagstaff could have released the final shot in time, missed free throws and layups by the Buffaloes might have never put the outcome in question if converted.

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