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The Minutemen head to the bench after a last-second Warsaw three-pointer during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord senior Franko House walks to the locker room after falling to Warsaw 41-39 in three overtimes during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord senior Franko House is swarmed beneath the basket while facing Warsaw during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord senior Franko House goes up for a shot while facing Warsaw during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord versus Warsaw during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord junior Ramon Johnson drives toward the basket while facing Warsaw during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord senior Dylan Wynne passes over Warsaw junior Jordan Stookey during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Concord seniors Franko House (30) and DuWhan Alford (22) jump for a rebound while facing Warsaw during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. Warsaw won, 41-39 in three overtimes. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)

Josh Johnson and the Concord cheer block react to a buzzer beater that put Warsaw on top over Concord 41-39 after three overtimes during a Class 4A sectional basketball game Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Side Gym in Elkhart. (Truth Photo By Ryan Dorgan) (AP)
‘Flange’ shot ousts Concord in triple OT
Posted on March 1, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.

ELKHART — It was as if the basketball gods couldn’t decide for sure whether they wanted this epic upset to occur.

They had three overtimes to ponder, and yet, apparently, they were still pondering as Jordan Stookey’s running desperation shot from just outside the arc continued to feather-dust the rim and eventually take on magic-bullet-like behavior.

Ultimately, it went in as time expired, and with it the Warsaw Tigers knocked off No. 8-ranked Concord 41-39 in a Class 4A Elkhart Sectional triple-OT shocker Friday, March 2, at North Side Gym.

The Tigers (12-10) advanced to Saturday’s championship game against fellow surprise winner Northridge (10-11).

The Minutemen, 19-1 in the regular season, closed 0-1 in the postseason.

“That last shot, the ball was coming out of the rim, and then it went right back in,” openly tearful Concord coach Steve Austin said. “It started to turn left, then went right back in.”

“(Stookey) spun it off the flange,” Warsaw coach Doug Ogle said, referring to the small surface that attaches the rim to the backboard. “I mean, you cannot do that on a runner 3. ... It hit the flange and it spun and stopped and punched right back in. I’ve never seen anybody make a shot like that.”

Stookey himself almost didn’t see it.

“I didn’t really see the rim as I shot because Franko (House) jumped, but I knew it was somewhat in that direction, so it kind of had a chance at least,” said Stookey, who fell as he fired. “I was on the ground and I looked up and the ball dropped.”