The set up was great, the finish was even better.
The opening stage to qualify for the Indi World Championships this summer began at Miramar College on January 7-8 as some of the top eighth grade teams on the west coast assembled at Top Gun's Winter Challenge.
The last two teams standing was Los Angeles Earl Watson Elite who was the overwhelming favorite to win another title and the local team, San Diego Gamepoint.
In what might be the best finish in a basketball game this calendar year, Gamepoint's Trent Bell made a floater with one second remaining in the game to seemingly win the game.
But one second is all that was needed for Earl Watson Elite's Malik Thomas '21 to convert a buzzer beating shot to win the Winter Challenge 14U championship.
Aaron Burgin was reporting on the game while watching his son, A.J., play for Gamepoint.
Burgin (Full-Time Hoops) watched his son lose a championship game on a buzzer beater one moment and in the next moment was interviewing the player on the winning team like it was just another game to cover like a true professional journalist.