The gymnasium thunders with cheers as the Bears steal a pass and score to lead by a single point.
The game clock counts down the final seconds. Whistle blows!
One of the Bears’ starters falls with an injury. A little-used sub enters the contest, appearing anxious to enter the big game.
To seal victory, the Bears only need to pass the ball inbounds. Beneath the opponent’s basket, stands a wide-open player—the sub!
He cleanly catches the pass, faces the basket, and shoots.
The eager sub just scored the winning basket for the other team.
While this story is pure fiction, I have witnessed a couple players scoring at the wrong basket during my many years of coaching basketball and serving as an athletic director back in Montana. Even one of my brothers did it during a junior high game. Thankfully, none of these wrong basket scores decided a game.