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NBA stars support Hugo player after game-winning shot for wrong team

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

HUGO, OKLAHOMA -- This Thursday's state tournament basketball game between Hugo and Millwood got a lot of attention, even nationwide, when 16-year-old player Trey Johnson made the game-winning shot for the other team.

It was a memorable sports moment gone wrong, but it's the big name NBA stars who are supporting Trey that have turned this moment into something positive.

Trey has declined to any interviews, but we spoke to his coach about the shot and how Trey's doing now.

"I think it just took a little bit of time to sink in. You know, the whole crowd, everybody, just kind of stalled, just kind of hesitated for a little bit," Hugo High School basketball coach Darnell Shanklin said.

Shanklin is helping his player, Trey Johnson, overcome making the other team's game-winning shot in the final seconds of a state tournament game on Thursday.

"Just a second of confusion and went toward the wrong bucket and scored the ball for them, but let me say we wouldn't have been in that situation and had the chance to win and compete for that championship if Trey hadn't played so well," Shanklin said.

But moments after the game, Coach Shanklin says Trey was understandably upset.

"That was our main concern was Trey, making sure that he didn't take too much of this on himself. He was pretty down in the locker room," Shanklin said.

Those feelings improved when the Oklahoma City Thunder reached out to Trey for encouragement, offering him front row tickets to Sunday's game against the Boston Celtics.

"He got a chance to visit with Westbrook, Kevin Durant and those guys and they just told him to keep his head up, you know, things happen and you just have to move on," Shanklin said.

Back at school, people are trying to keep his spirits up.

"You know, that's a hard thing to go through and it's a terrible thing to happen but everybody has been really supportive," student Taylor Pence said.

Shanklin reminds everyone that sports teach life lessons and teachers agree this lesson is about getting through tough times and coming out on top.

"You know, we're a community, we all stick together in the good times and the bad times and that's really what we're seeing right now," teacher Kristin Lemmons said.


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