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Big Shots No. 9

Lion King

March 8, 2008
The Altoona Mirror
This is the 12th in a 20-day series on the biggest shots in Blair County high school basketball over the last 50 years. The Mirror is counting down one per day until Sunday, March 16.

—Buck Frank

Player: Aaron Morris, Altoona

Opponent: State College

Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 1998

Site: St. Francis College’s DeGol Arena

Setting the scene: Altoona hadn’t won a district championship in eight years and faced a State College team that included current Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson. The teams split their two regular-season games and were involved in a back-and-forth District 6-AAAA final.

The shot: Mike Carney’s long-range 3-pointer with 15 seconds remaining pulled Altoona even, 70-70. Then with State College’s Kenny Krimmel heading down the lane for a possible game-winner, the Lions’ Matt Durbin slapped the ball away from behind. Morris scooped up it up with six seconds left, raced upcourt and, using a cross-over dribble at the top of the key, drove to the basket and banked in the game-winner at the buzzer.

Mirror excerpt from Sunday, March 1, 1998: In as good a championship game as you’d want to see, both teams made big runs and big shots all afternoon. — Jim Lane

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—Morris: “I remember looking up and seeing four seconds on the clock. Everything was happening so fast. I just knew I needed to score.’’

—Vince Nedimyer Jr., teammate: “It was amazing. Aaron started out on the right, then went the whole way to his left and then crossed over and made the shot. I was the first one there to congratulate him.’’

—Art Taneyhill, coach: “Carney’s shot was big because we were down. He hit it in front of me. It was a 30-foot shot.’’

Aftermath: After Morris’ 27-point performance and buzzer-beater, Altoona won three interdistrict games before falling to New Castle in the Western final. Morris currently lives in Pittsburgh and works for Holy Family Institute, counseling children and families.

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