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HS basketball player makes full court shot

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By: Melissa Toupin

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For a local high school senior Tuesday's nights basketball game is one he will never forget. With the clock winding down in the first half Burrillville High School's Ben Girard put up a Hail Mary shot. The ball hitting nothing but net at buzzer.

"My hands just went straight up in the air. And I walked over to my teammates and they all got around me," said Girard,17, who is one of the team captains.

It was nearly a full court shot and was taken from behind the other teams free throw line.

"I just put it on my hip and I just tossed it with as much force as I really could. It was just enough," said Girard.

His teammate Andrew Carlson,16, was there to catch the once in a life time shot on camera.

"I was just worried that I didn't get the shot. But I got a shot and it was good," said Carlson.

Brett Correia, co-captain of the Broncos, made the assist and was the first one to congratulate Girard. He and the other players are still in awe of the shot.

"I've only seen someone hit a half court shot...never from the other foul line," said Correia, 18.

It may not have been the exact play Burrillville High School head basketball coach Kevin Randall drew up, but he's not complaining.

"Very proud. He's a great leader on the team. Him and Brett do a great job leading the team and it's great something like this happened for him," said Randall

Girard will graduate this spring and has dreams of continuing his basketball career at the college level.

Burrillville went on to defeat Juanita Sanchez of Providence 51-40.

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