If we learned one thing from Super Bowl LI, it is that the game isn’t over until it’s over. No matter the score and no matter the time left, there is a chance. The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) men’s basketball team experienced this not once, but twice in one week. They were down in both with less than a second left on the clock. What transpired in each game is incredible.
On Saturday, VCU was playing at St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, New York. They had been leading, but lost that lead and time was ticking down. St. Bonaventure hit a three-pointer to go up 66-65. Everyone thought the game was over. The crowd had stormed the court, but the clock read 0.5 seconds. That meant there was a chance for VCU, but the win did not come on a half court shot or some crazy play. Instead, the officials assessed St. Bonaventure’s a technical foul for the premature court storm. This meant VCU had one free-throw attempt to tie the game. JeQuan Lewis hit the shot and sent the game to overtime where VCU won 83-77. Everyone at St. Bonaventure’s was in shock of what they saw transpire.
Fast forward to Wednesday night and VCU is playing George Washington University in Washington D.C. The game appeared to be over when a George Washington player made a three-pointer to give them the lead, 53-52. There was 0.4 seconds left on the clock. By rule, this is enough time to get a shot off, but not necessarily from the other end of the court. After VCU took a timeout, it appeared that they had something up their sleeve. They were not giving up until it was over. The inbounds play from the opposite end of the court included a screen on the defender who was defending the inbound. This defender ran right into the screen, which was set by none other than Lewis. The official called the foul, a charge, and Lewis had two free-throw attempts since VCU was in the double bonus. Of course, because he has ice in his veins, Lewis hits both of them and VCU wins the game. Wow! I saw this and was in shock! Not only did they win this game, but it came on the heels of Saturday’s win.
Never ever give up. Never ever give in. It’s not over until it is over. The clock shows zeroes. The players shake hands. The officials exit the court. The crowd goes home. There’s always time left until there’s not. Don’t get discouraged when things aren’t going your way. Never give up because once you do, then it’s too late. You have to want it. You have to fight for it. No one else can want it for you. You have to want it for yourself. Believe because that’s half the battle.