Isaiah Slutter connected on a seemingly impossible 3-pointer with no time left on the clock, giving Wallenpaupack Area an unforgettable victory at the Red Palace. The loss was doubly hard for the Hornets to swallow, since it came as the climax to an emotional Senior Night celebration...
For exactly three seconds, it looked like the Hornets had finally sealed the deal on a wild Senior Night hoops victory.
Junior forward Wade West calmly drained a pair of free throws with just three ticks left on the game clock, giving the home team a 44-42 lead.
Then, chaos descended on the Red Palace.
Wallenpaupack Area’s Justin Stevens inbounded the ball under the Honesdale basket. Somehow, he found a wide open Isaiah Slutter streaking across the court at about the foul line.
Paupack’s lightning-quick guard snared the pass in stride and streaked up the floor. Slutter avoided a pair of Hornet defenders just before pulling up and unleashing an impossibly long trey.
Isaiah’s Hail Mary clanged hard off the iron. The ball caromed high in the air, clipped the backboard and finally settled into the cylinder.
This miraculous shot gave the Bucks an unforgettable 45-44 win and ruined Honesdale’s Senior Night celebration.
Nick Joyal, Ben Krempasky, Landon Roberts, Zane Douglass and Adam Rogers had been honored in pre-game ceremonies... but, they left the court for the final time in the wake of a heartbreaking loss.
“We obviously haven’t had the best season as far as wins and losses go,” Hornet Coach Tim Wood told TWI Sports. “But, that’s not a reflection on this group of seniors. They’ve shown outstanding leadership...especially in the second half of the season.”
West led the way on this particular night with 13 points and seven rebounds. Joyal added 10 points and eight boards, while Rogers chipped in with seven markers.
Adam drilled two huge treys in the second half.
The first came with 1:04 remaining in the third quarter and gave Honesdale a 32-29 lead. The second came with 3:45 left in regulation and propelled the Hornets to a 38-37 advantage.
Slutter paced Paupack’s offensive attack with a game-high 17 points.
Stevens added 12 points and nine boards.
Score by Quarters...
HON 12 7 13 12 - 44
WAL 9 12 12 12 - 45