Franklin Session’s last-second dagger

Let me start off by saying that I work with the National Basketball League of Canada as their director of statistics and player clearances.  Essentially that’s the nuts and bolts of what a sports league does.  A player needs statistics, it’s like his personal resume of skill.

For Franklin Session, this resume has a nice little highlight to it, courtesy of yesterday afternoon.

Watch and see.

The Moncton (N.B.) Magic are playing in Charlottetown, P.E.I. against the Island Storm.  Both teams are fighting to stay in the upper half of the NBL’s Atlantic Division standings.  Moncton’s team is full of veterans and league legends; the Storm has a core of young talent.

And the two teams played hard against each other, and the score stayed very close throughout.  In the final moments, the Storm were up 85-84 and were trying to work the clock.  But an errant skip pass put the ball in the hands of the Magic, and Tim Mitchell hit one of two free throws to tie the game.

Now Moncton has the ball with 25 seconds left on the clock.  The ball gets kicked out to Terry Thomas, a former Storm player now on the Magic roster.  He tries to work his way to the hoop – but then there’s a costly turnover.  The Storm have the ball, with only three seconds left on the clock.

Now you watch from here.  Please note that there are only three seconds left.


You think the announcers weren’t excited for this?  They certainly were.

As was Franklin Session, who drained that three-pointer like he had ice water flowing through his veins.

This is some seriously exciting, hungry, talented basketball up north in Canada.

Kinda glad I’m a part of this league, with excitement like this.