Baker’s Vincent Douglas hits circus shot in win over MGM
By Scott McInnerney
MOBILE, AL – A local basketball player sparked interest Thursday with a potential SportsCenter moment.
An incredible circus shot from Vincent Douglas caught Twitter’s attention when AL.com reporter Ben Thomas shared video of the shot. The Baker High School basketball player hit a guarded three-point shot from beyond half court at the end of the third quarter in the Hornets’ 55-49 win against Mary G. Montgomery.
— Ben Thomas (@BenThomasPreps) February 9, 2018
In other high school basketball news, Theodore High School upset Alma Bryant in in the Class 7A, Region 1 semifinals 49-46. Theodore will face Douglas and the Hornets in the Region 1 finals Friday night.
Updated at 4:45 p.m. Feb. 9
AL.com reporter Ben Thomas joined Randy and Creg on the Sports Drive to talk about Vincent Douglas’ circus shot and National Signing Day.
“Baker and Mary G. Montgomery were playing, and Mary G. Montgomery was up with 10 seconds left in the third quarter,” said Thomas. “A Mary G. Montgomery player took a shot, and it bounced off the backboard, and found its way into Vincent Douglas’ hands, and he heaved it with a hand in his face and it dropped straight in. The guy acted like it was nothing. He casually walked over to the bench, and I asked him about it. I asked him about it, and he said, yeah, I practice that. It sparked a run going into the fourth quarter. He didn’t even look at the basket.”
This year, there were a lot of high school football players taking advantage of the early signing period, and Thomas shared his thoughts.
“It was a little down overall, but it’d hard to tell,” Thomas said. “All of the Power Five guys signed in December. There was still some intrigue. Some Sun Belt schools came in and got some good recruits. Locally, it felt diluted because you’re taking all the intrigue away. For all the kids that signed early, they were out of school. They didn’t get to celebrate with any of their friends or anything.”