On Sunday afternoon, Bethel junior captain and point guard Matt Marx Tweeted excitedly that his team was about to face rival Barlow at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn — a game set up by “just a phone call,” according to head coach Dennis Morsey.
Still can’t believe our team will be playing at the Barclay center in a few hours, shout out @CoachMorsey41 for that
— Matt Marx (@Matt_Marx2) February 21, 2016
Little did Marx know what the Fates had in store for him and Bethel teammates.
In a tie game with 5.7 remaining on the Nets’ home floor, Marx took a feed from freshman Chris Towey (a buzzer-beating hero himself), drove through some serious traffic, and threw up a tough, sprawling shot that laid up and dropped through the net at the buzzer giving Bethel a 44-42 victory over their SWC rivals.
H/T to Matt Vitarelli for the up-close and personal footage from the Bethel bench.
You: Watch now.
— Matt Vitarelli (@mattvitarelli23) February 21, 2016
Talk about a memorable shot.
Not only did it give Marx and his teammates a yarn they’ll someday spin to their wide-eyed grandchildren, but in the much shorter-term, it punched Bethel’s ticket to the SWC boys basketball tournament and pulled the Wildcats within one win of qualifying for the state tournament. They play their final two games at home: vs. Stratford on Monday and Waterbury Career on Wednesday.
THIS has been a very special #TweetYourBuzzerBeaters.
Bethel HS vs Barlow at The Barclay Center. With 1 sec left Matt Marx lets the ball go to win The celebration begins! pic.twitter.com/vmnbLru386
— Dan DeBlois (@DanDeBlois) February 22, 2016