In first game after Khalil Edney's miracle shot, New Rochelle wins easily in state playoffs
The New Rochelle High School basketball team didn't need a miracle finish Tuesday.
Two days after senior Khalil Edney drilled a 55-foot buzzer-beater to win the Section 1 Class AA championship, the Huguenots routed Binghamton, 67-48, in the state Class AA regional semifinals at Purchase College.
Joe Clarke led New Rochelle with 23 points. Edney scored six.
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The Huguenots, who improved their record to 14-9, advance to face Section 9 champ Kingston (18-2) on Sunday at West Point.
Some observers wondered if the national media attention would prove to be too much of a distraction for New Rochelle to overcome. Edney, Clarke and coach Rasaun Young spent much of Monday on a whirlwind media tour, talking about "The Shot" in interviews with ESPN, ABC, Fox and CNN, among others.
"It's back to reality now," Edney said after Tuesday's win. "This game was just to show that Sunday wasn't a fluke. This game was a statement."
Edney said he refused to allow his newfound stardom disrupt the team's chemistry.
"We're all the stars on our team," he said. "I've got coaches that keep me grounded. [My teammates] deserve the credit, too. We all played together."
With 2.9 seconds left in Sunday's game against rival Mount Vernon at the County Center in White Plains, New Rochelle trailed by two points. Edney, standing under his own basket, threw a long inbound pass that was intercepted near midcourt. Edney then quickly stole a Mount Vernon pass and heaved the desperation shot, which gave his team a stunning 61-60 victory.
ESPN called the shot "the craziest ending to a basketball game. Ever." Duke's Seth Curry, one of college basketball's biggest stars, summed it up in a one-word tweet: "Wow!"
Several variations of the highlight can be found on YouTube, the most popular one racking up more than 2.6 million views by Tuesday afternoon. And Edney also saw his Twitter following jump from about 460 before the game to more than 2,300 on Tuesday.
With Faye Murman