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Miracle Shot "Just Happened"; Caught on Tape

It was the definition of a "miracle shot."

In the closing seconds of the first quarter of a game on Dec. 30, Austin Groff, a backup point guard for Twin Valley South High School in the Dayton suburb of West Alexandria, threw up a "Hail Mary"-type shot from about half-court, over his head, with his back to the basket.
It found the hoop.

His team wound up losing the game, but the shot was caught on tape, and the video's gone viral.

On "The Early Show on Saturday Morning," Groff, a senior, told co-anchor Russ Mitchell it's been "wild. It really is overwhelming. I'm not used to all the attention!"

Groff said, "The ball got tipped off at half-court, so I chased after it and grabbed it and I looked up and saw there wasn't any time left, so I just threw it and hoped."

He says he didn't have time to turn around and at least look at the basket.

Did he think it would go in?

"No. Not at all!"

Groff's coach and athletic director, Tony Augspurger, told Mitchell, "It was kind of crazy, because I had a good angle to see it and you know, you're thinking, 'This baby has a shot!' And when it went in, the first thing that crossed my mind was, 'I hope the video people got it! We're gonna see this everywhere."

"The mathematical possibility of something like that going in is just phenomenal," Augspurger continued, "because he flat-out did not look at the rim at all. He heaved it. And it was crazy."

Groff says he'd never tried a shot like that before, or practiced it. It "just happened," he explained.

Groff admits he's tried since then to repeat the shot, but concedes the results haven't been "pretty."

"We don't let him do it much," Augspurger said. "We're afraid he'll take out a light!"

Will the shot result in Groff's role being increased - say, to starter?

"We like the energy he brings us off the bench, and obviously the shot illustrates that he's a good quarter closer."

In other words - no!

To view Groff's miracle shot click on the video player below.