Over the weekend, the Harrison boys basketball team faced the Central Catholic Knights in the annual Hoops for Hope game, a game that is much bigger than basketball.
Emotions take an all-time high in this game every year, and three of the last five Hoops for Hope games ended with buzzer beaters.
In this year’s battle, senior guard Dom Trapp hit a three-pointer to break a tie game and end Hoops for Hope on a good note for the Raiders.
Trapp knew that the game would be a close one from the beginning due to the quality of the Central Catholic basketball team, but even he could not have known it would end like this.
“CC is a very good team, but I didn’t think it would end on a buzzer beater” said Trapp.
With all of these crazy game winners, the Harrison Pulse decided to take a look at some previous buzzer beaters, and reflect on them.
In 2013, it was former Harrison student Noah Thomas who buried a game-winning shot to defeat West Lafayette in the Hoops for Hope game.
Thomas reflected on that moment in an interview on Monday.
Q: What was going through your head when you hit that buzzer beater in hoops for hope two years ago?
A: It was a crazy feeling. The second I saw it go in and heard the crowd yell, I knew that it was a big deal. Definitely, (it was) one of my most memorable nights of my life.
Q: Would you say that was the biggest moment of your basketball career at Harrison?
A: Definitely. I had many exciting moments with basketball, but nothing comes close to this time. This night was the most memorable moment at Harrison as a whole, not just in basketball.
Q: Do you think it affected the rest of your basketball career?
A: I always knew that I loved basketball but after this night, I knew it was definitely something I wanted to continue doing. Playing in front of a large crowd and playing in big games is something that I started to love and cherish more following the Hoops for Hope game.