Bryon Boutot made what likely will be the longest 3-pointer of the Maine high school basketball season in Eastport on Monday night.
He only wishes it was worth six points.
The Bangor Christian senior center grabbed the rebound of a missed Shead High School free throw just to the left of the basket with two seconds left, turned and heaved the ball the length of the court, with the estimated 80-foot prayer being answered at the buzzer.
“They made the first foul shot and missed the second, and I jumped up and grabbed the rebound, palmed the ball and chucked it,” said Boutot.
“It didn’t even hit the rim. It was crazy, a once-in-a-lifetime shot.”
That Boutot was able to throw a basketball that far with some accuracy shouldn’t come as a complete surprise. He also plays baseball, competes in throwing events for the BC track team, and was a goalie last fall as the Patriots’ boys soccer team won its fifth consecutive Class D state championship.
“I do a lot of throwing,” he said. “I just turned and threw it like a goalie.”
Boutot said his first career 3-pointer was aided by the high ceiling in the Shead gymnasium.
“It’s probably the highest roof I’ve seen in any gym I’ve played in,” he said. “It helped, that’s for sure.”
Because of the arc on his shot and the height of the ceiling, Boutot said the attempt had a slow-motion quality about it as it approached its destination.
“It was going so far and so high I got to watch the ball all the way,” he said. “It was going and I thought, ‘Oh wow,’ because it was going right toward the basket.”
The 3-pointer wasn’t quite enough to complete Bangor Christian’s comeback from a 10-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter. Shead won the game 50-47.
“If you can make a shot from the opposite post, it should be worth more than three points,” joked Boutot, who scored 15 points in the game to share team scoring honors with Seth Pearson.
The win improved Shead’s record to 8-2, good for sixth place in the 24-school Eastern Maine Class D standings. Bangor Christian (5-7) is ranked 12th under first-year head coach Jon McAllian.