14 Year Old Boy’s Amazing Half Court Basketball Shot at Guildford Heat
16 February 2012
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A 14 year old boy from Newhaw wowed the crowds at a Guildford Heat home game on Sunday when he took part in a regular basketball challenge in which two spectators are randomly selected to have one shot each at scoring a basket from the centre of the basketball court.
Christian Beale, who has practised some basketball tricks at his cousin’s house but is not a regular basketball player, turned his back to the hoop and threw the ball high. With a clean sweep, it went straight through the centre of the hoop, causing huge excitement with the home crowd and a great response from the Heat’s mascot, Scorcher.
The stunning shot can be viewed on YouTube and within a few of days has attracted over 3,000 views.
Commenting on his performance, Christian Beale, who goes to Saint John the Baptist (SJB) School in Woking said, “The reaction from the crowd was amazing. Everyone was cheering for me. Immediately after the shot, Scorcher led me through the crowd and people on the front rows were ‘high fiving’ me. It was amazing and seemed to lift everyone’s spirits. I think even the professional players at the Heat who came on after me for the fourth quarter fed off the atmosphere. I’ve never been to a Guildford Heat basketball game before but, now that I’ve won a season ticket, I plan to go back.”
Alison Reeve, Managing Director of Guildford Heat basketball club added, “We’ve been running the half court shot competition since the Heat was formed. It’s such a rare occurrence for anyone to get the ball in the hoop. No one has done it since we’ve been at Surrey Sports Park and no one has ever achieved it by throwing it backwards. The reaction from the crowd was spectacular. We always pride ourselves on the fact that a Guildford Heat home game provides great entertainment and Christian’s performance on Sunday certainly entertained the crowds. ”
The next Guildford Heat home game is on Sunday 26 February at 3pm at Surrey Sports Park. As always, there will be an opportunity for spectators to shoot a basket during half time or get randomly selected for the half court shot and other games suitable for children during time outs and quarter breaks.