David Young's Big Shot
February 24, 2012
This week’s Big Shot: Watch and listen to Ken Hlebovy’s call as New Castle topples mighty St. Raymond’s of New York City on David Young’s buzzer-beater. The game was played on Jan. 9, 1999.
David Young was ready when the moment came.
Before David Young canned the buzzer beater that sent powerful St. Raymond’s back to New York City with a 79-77 loss on Jan. 9, 1999, the New Castle High star had pictured the moment in his mind.
“Everything was happening like it was in a movie,” said Young, who most recently has been playing in the Philippines. “Before the play I envisioned making the game-winning shot.”
His premonition came true.
With the score tied and New Castle using its four-corner offense to count down the final seconds, the ball was knocked away from penetrating guard Desmond Whetzel. St. Raymond defenders didn’t want the ball in Young’s hands with the game on the line, but there he was srambling to pick it up.
“I had time to make a move,” said Young, who went behind the free throw line to the left, colliding with a defender with five seconds remaining. Young righted himself and released a shot. After letting go, Young pointed to the basket. “I knew it was good,” he said.
Former New Castle player Bobby Kerr was an assistant coach for the Red Hurricane when Young’s 15-footer bounced off the rim to the board and then back in.
Kerr wasn’t surprised that Young made it happen. “It was David Young,” Kerr said. “If anything breaks down, he could create his own shot.”
Young was a three-time all-state member in 1997,1998 and 1999, and two-time first team all-state player in 1998 and 1999.
“It was a great game,” recalled Young, who was mobbed by teammates and New Castle fans following his heroics.