Young Boise State Fan Goes Viral After Ball Gets Stuck on Senior Night [VIDEO]
I almost cancelled basketball plans with my fiancé on Tuesday night, but I'm so glad we managed to make it to the game to see one of the most unforgettable moments of the season!
Tuesday night, I was scrambling to get out of the office in time to see my first BSU basketball game of the season (which also happened to be the final home game of the year.) With just half an hour to tip off, my fiancé called me and said he was still up to go even if we got there late. We missed the first 8 minutes of the game, but made it in time to see the "play" the entire country is talking about!
With just over four minutes left in the first half, the Broncos managed to lodge the ball behind the hoop after a wild bounce pass. Fresno State had the tallest players on the court at the time and did everything they could to try to dislodge the ball. Despite the round of boos from BSU fans, they tried to jump/hit it out with their hands before trying to use one of the court mops to knock it down. Just when everyone around us in Section 35 started calling for the cheerleaders who were used to stunting at high heights to be the next ones to try and knock it down, we saw a child being hoisted to the back of the basket! He was the true hero of the game and was FINALLY the one to knock it down! His ball rescue was named the "Taco Bell Play of the Game" inside the arena.
After we got home from dinner, we found out who he was. According to the Idaho Statesman, the little boy is Hunter Hales of Eagle. The man who gave him the boost was his dad, Paul. On the night where everyone came to honor BSU's three departing heros, Hunter became the one EVERYONE will remember.
In just a few hours video of his rescue went viral thanks to the USA Today, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, Bleacher Report and more! If you haven't seen it, check out the video below!
BTW, despite a massive come back attempt, the Broncos lost 74-67 and were eliminated from the regular season race for the Mountain West Championship. In the final standings, the highest they can finish is 2nd.