Updated 02/23/2009 07:41 PM
Cohoes native makes half court shot
ALBANY, N.Y. -- And the crowd goes wild. There it is again. A half court shot worth $25,000.
Brendan Bradt, a Cohoes native, made the shot heard around the Capital Region during halftime at the Siena Saints final regular season basketball game against Northern Iowa at The Times Union Center Saturday. It's quite the sensation on YouTube with over 3,000 and ESPN featured the shot as its second best play of the day.
Northeastern Fine Jewelry has sponsored the $25,000 "Shooting Stars" contest for the past two years. We caught up with Bradt and asked him what was going through his mind at the time the ball left his hands.
"Like I said, as soon as I let it go, I knew I had a shot. I got a bunch of arc on it, I thought it might bank in and when it did, I was shock, I was in pretty much disbelief," said Bradt.
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"That ball is going in, I watched it, it seemed liked slow motion, it seemed like it took 10 seconds and when it swooshed through and the whole crowd erupted and all the guys along the sidelines where I sat went crazy," said Northeastern Fine Jewelry President Ray Bleser.
Bradt says he's going to use part of his $25,000 windfall to pay off student loans. Bradt graduated from Cohoes High School in 2002 where he played on the basketball team before attending Hudson Valley Community College.