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Khalil Edney Wonder Shot Dedicated To Late Mum
A high school basketball player who pulled off an incredible match-winning shot just ahead of the buzzer, has dedicated his feat to his mother who died of cancer.
Khalil Edney's feet have barely touched the ground since he grabbed a loose ball for the miracle 55-footer to give New Rochelle a 61-60 victory over rival Mount Vernon in a New York sectional final.
The 17-year-old has had a ride in a limousine and a night in a Manhattan hotel, given numerous TV interviews and held a makeshift news conference since Sunday night.
Video of what has already become known as "The Shot" has become a sensation online, with high praise from the professionals.
Duke guard Seth Curry tweeted "Wow!" to go along with a YouTube link for Edney's heave, and New Rochelle alumni Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens also offered his congratulations online.
Edney knew who to thank at the news conference.
The teen - whose mother died from cervical cancer in 2006 when he was just 11 - showed off his tattoos, including "momma's boy", the date of her birth and the day she died.
Edney's father, Lewis said: "I thought his mother took it out of his hands and scored."
The winning sequence started when a New Rochelle pass was broken up and a Mount Vernon player tried to run out the clock by flipping the ball in the air.
But Edney brought it in and let fly for the win. The shot was initially waved off, but the referees eventually reversed the call.
The win sends New Rochelle to the state regional semifinals on Tuesday.
Their star player is still nursing a sprained ankle from before Sunday's game, but he is determined the buzz surrounding The Shot will not go to his head.