The best basketball play from this past weekend came in a D-III game between the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago.
Rochester had possession down 76-73 with just seconds on the clock. With 2.7 seconds left, Chicago intentionally fouled Rochester guard Sam Borst-Smith to prevent a 3-point shot. Borst-Smith sank the first free throw, but he knew he would have to intentionally miss the second one to keep his team’s chances alive. What happened next was a work of art:
Borst-Smith intentionally missed the second free throw and it caromed off the front of the rim back to him. He snatched his own rebound and whipped it over to teammate Mack Montague, who had streaked to the left corner as soon as the second free throw left Borst-Smith’s hand. Montague raised up over an outstretched Chicago defender and swished a silky jumper as the buzzer sounded.
It was the stuff college coaches dream about: great play design and even better execution.