BAY CITY, MI – Brett Gross won the game.
But Jamario Harris won the celebration.
Bay City Central ran the length of the court in the final five seconds, carrying the ball to a wide-open Gross under the basket for the winning bucket in a thrilling 67-65 victory over Ogemaw Heights in a shocking non-conference men’s basketball. .
The spectacular victory sent the Wolves into full celebration mode, with Harris providing the exclamation mark.
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound freshman, who scored 12 points in the win, ended the hysteria by rushing to midfield and performing a rounded back tuck – and sticking landing.
MLive contacted Essexville Garber senior and Savannah Kokaly, gymnast at Cornell University for some official score on the Harris flip.
“Wow!” Kokaly said. “Overall, besides his leading position, I would say the execution of the rounded tail tuck was worthy of level 10. I give him a 9.5 all day and a 9.75 on a Friday night after a big win. . Go ahead, Jamario!
Perhaps inspired by gaming referee Bruce Moore, whose wife Nanci is Bay County’s top gymnastics guru as a longtime coach of the Bay Valley gymnastics team, Harris stated his athleticism to an already impressed crowd.
“He’s called an athlete,” said Center teammate Cameron Washington, who scored a high 28 points in the win.
But it was the last two points – and the only two points of the game for Gross – that made it a fantastic finish and set up an entertaining celebration.