With the year coming to a close, we take time to reminisce on the past year in sports. 2016 has been filled with countless games, memories, and championships that have added to the legacy of St.X’s athletic excellence. Now, as the crystal ball counts down to midnight, WSTX Sports would like to do a countdown of our own over the next few days. Let’s countdown the Top 10 Moments in Tiger Sports for the year of 2016!Last year’s season for Tiger Basketball had so many unforgettable moments. It’s hard to choose which ones were the best, but this moment could simply not be left out.
The Tigers’ rivalry with Male hit its peak last year. In both of their games, the outcome came down to a single pivotal shot.
The first came only a few weeks before the District Final, where Male’s Alex Cook hit a SportsCenter Top 10 buzzer beater to win the game. However, the Bulldogs would not get the last laugh.
Fast-forward to the District Final, and Male is leading by six points with less than 2:30 to go. The Tigers went on a 7-0 run to take the lead, but the game ultimately went into overtime.
Alex Cook had just hit a three to take the lead 72-71 in the final minute of overtime. Connor McKim proceeded to take the ball up the court and missed a jumpshot, but the Tigers got the offensive rebound and passed it back out to McKim. McKim found himself being double-teamed.
Cue William Olsen.
McKim passed it to Olsen on the wing. He let it go and next thing you know, the Tigers are leading 74-72 with 28.9 seconds to go.
Male made a few last ditch efforts, but could not get anything going and the Tigers won 75-72.