Sophomore guard Ray Salnave of underdog Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, New York hit two clutch free throws in front of thousands packed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — home of the Nets — in the final 2.5 seconds of a championship game with his team down by one point to win a Public School Athletic League (PSAL) Varsity “AA” title on Saturday afternoon.
Fast forward about seven hours (eastern time) and you would have seen Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague fail to duplicate what a high school sophomore did.
The 25-year-old pro had a chance to tie the game with his team down 109-107 on the road against the Clippers with 1.2 seconds remaining if he could have hit two free throws, but unfortunately screwed up both attempts and the Hawks ultimately lost the game.
Teague missed the first attempt, which kept Atlanta trailing by two, so he had to intentionally miss the second attempt in hopes of an offensive rebound or putback, but messed that up as well as he unintentionally hit the backboard perfectly and made the basket, effectively losing the game.
The Hawks have lost 10 straight road games, but none were as painful as Saturday’s 109-108 loss.