(LONGWOOD, FL, May 18, 2022) – The Florida Flight grabbed their first win of the 2022 FBA season Sunday, defeating the Winter Park Storm in a thrilling overtime match 134 – 127.
The Flight led for most of the game, but saw a 24 point lead evaporate late in the fourth quarter after a barrage of 3-pointers by the Storm by Aaron Taylor and Ulrick Paul.
Paul tied the game after a key 3 pointer with just over 2 minutes to go in the game. The Storm’s Chris Williams hit another three with less than a minute remaining to give the Storm their first lead since the first quarter.
The score was tied at 113 with just under 6 seconds remaining when Taylor hit a one-legged three pointer to put the Storm up 116 – 113. With just .4 seconds left on the clock, Gullet responded with a three pointer of his own, sending the game into overtime.
“Coach asked me where I wanted it, and we executed what he drew up perfectly,” said Gullett after the game. “I’ve practice that shot hundreds of times. I knew if I got the ball in that spot I had a great chance of hitting it and sending it to overtime.”
The Flight controlled the game for most of the overtime, pulling off the 7 point win.
“This was easily one of the most incredible games I’ve ever experienced as a coach, and I think it says a lot about FBA basketball,” said Flight Head Coach Mark King. “The Storm are an exceptional team coached by a man that I have an incredible amount of respect for in Barry Mestel. I always enjoy playing chess against him. He brings out the best in me as a coach, and you can never count them out before the final buzzer sounds.”
The Flight are now 1-1 on the season. They lost another close one to the Palm Beach Titans 109 – 117 the night prior. Their next game is Sunday, May 29th at Lyman High School. Tip-off is slated for 4:00pm.
About the Flight: The Florida Flight is a member team of the Florida Basketball Association. The mission of the Florida Flight is to utilize the platform of professional basketball to invest in the lives of others.
About the FBA: The FBA is a Florida-based professional basketball league providing a development, branding and exposure platform for athletes, referees and other individuals seeking to enhance their professional basketball careers.
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