Rockford sophomore’s game-winner makes ESPN SportsCenter’s High 10 Performs of the Day

Rockford sophomore Andrew Landis had bother sleeping Tuesday night time.

Who might blame him? It’s not each night time your game-winning shot makes ESPN’s SportsCenter’s High 10 Performs of the Day.

Landis buried a halfcourt shot as time expired in additional time, giving Rockford a 54-51 victory over Grand Rapids Union at dwelling. ESPN ranked Landis’ buzzer beater No. 2 total.

“I used to be making an attempt to fall asleep final night time, however the adrenalin was pumping,” Landis mentioned. “So I checked my telephone in the midst of the night time, and folks on Instagram and Snap Chat have been saying ‘You’re on SportsCenter.’ I noticed it on video after which I watched it on ESPN once I received up within the morning.

“Everybody desires to be on SportsCenter’s High 10. That’s when it hit me.”

Take a look at the profitable basket within the video supplied by Amanda Currie:

Landis made nationwide tv simply three video games into his varsity profession. He performed on Rockford’s junior varsity workforce final 12 months as a freshman. The Rams have been pondering additional time moments earlier than Landis’ game-winner as a result of Union had possession when motion resumed with 7.6 seconds left after a timeout.

However Rockford’s protection got here up with a heads-up play and Landis capitalized.

“What makes this one much more unbelievable is that we have been on protection,” Rams coach Kyle Clough mentioned. “We received a tip and a steal. In our timeout, in our dialog as a workforce we have been simply speaking about getting a cease and getting it to double additional time. Colin Williams, our senior guard, made a terrific play. He received a tip on the ball. Andrew simply used his instincts, grabbed it and threw it up.”

Rockford college students rushed the court docket as quickly because the ball fell via the web and the buzzer sounded. It was at that time that Landis acquired some beneficial recommendation from senior Jack Lamancusa – run.

“I simply chucked it up there, prayed and it went in,” Landis mentioned. “It was loopy. I simply received it off in time. It needed to be about .01 seconds left, it was actually shut, after which I heard the buzzer. It’s like everybody’s childhood dream to make the profitable shot in entrance of the hometown crowd and have everybody stormed the court docket.

“The humorous half is that our senior guard Jack Lamancusa was operating with me, telling me simply to run so I didn’t get into the mosh pit. That’s why we went into the hallway to the cafeteria. You may see me make the shot, after which I took a few steps in the direction of the coed part, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, that’s not a good suggestion,’ and I ran the opposite means. We received to the cafeteria the place it calmed down and I received to speak to lots of people, which was nice.”

The win improved Rockford’s file to 3-0. Whereas Rockford celebrated, Union coach Brandoen Guyton mentioned the end might function a beneficial studying expertise for his squad.

SportsCenter incorrectly reported that Rockford beat South Christian in its Performs of the Day phase.

“It’s a heartbreaker if it ends our season,” Guyton mentioned. “It’s a tough lesson early on within the season.

“It was a terrific sport and Rockford performed nice. It was probably the most enjoyable video games I’ve been part of. Sadly, one workforce needed to lose. I believed we have been going to get them on the buzzer, however they occurred to get a chance to get us on the buzzer. It wasn’t the everyday buzzer beater. I didn’t even see the shot. That’s how fast it was.”