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Sargeant shoots, scores for Sailors

Daily Pilot High School Athlete of the Week

Newport Harbor senior drained a game-winning three-pointer from just inside midcourt to beat the buzzer against Marina.

February 08, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

In an age when teenagers post trivial videos online, Nic Sargeant has a highlight that would make your jaw drop if you saw it. He hasn't even watched it. He just lived it.

More than a week has passed since Sargeant, from just inside midcourt, made a game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer for the Newport Harbor High boys' basketball team. He cannot get his hands on the footage until next week, when the Sailors play Marina again. Coach Bob Torribio doesn't allow his team to dwell on the past, only if the Sailors need to break down film on the same opponent again.

For now, Torribio just describes how it all went down, how 4.6 seconds proved to be enough time for Sargeant to stun Marina, 56-55, in front of the home fans.

"Get the ball to Nic was the first option, but we wanted to throw the ball down the floor to our big [6-foot-4] guy and have Garrett Davis catch it," Torribio said. "It's a play we've probably run at the end of most practices, game-winning situations. Give our guy credit, Joey Faris took it out [from underneath the basket and] threw a great pass to Garrett [near the half-court line]. He caught it and had a couple of guys around him. The play was supposed to go deep. Nic couldn't go deep, so he comes back and Garrett was smart enough to give it to Nic. Nic goes the other way, opposite of the way I drew it up, and he's got two guys on him."

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The original plan doesn't work out. What do you expect from the senior guard some coaches call unpredictable, because he can score in so many ways? With the game on the line, Sargeant just improvises and comes up with something better, something that keeps the Sailors in third place in the Sunset League.

Sargeant splits the two defenders at half court and races to take the game's final shot. Before he can, he gets rid of another defender with a pump fake and the defender flies past him. With one second left and three defenders nearby, Sargeant gets the shot off and it hits the back of the rim and goes in as the buzzer sounds.

This is the kind of moment Sargeant lives for and why he plays basketball. Visually he has played this moment in his head, him knocking down the game-winning shot.

But what to do next? How would he celebrate? Sargeant turned to the crowd, throwing his arms up and sticking his chest out. He didn't see many faces in the stands.

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