Mclain Burckley’s buzzer-beater sends Billings Senior boys past Billings Skyview

BILLINGS — Much like the game-winning play itself, the celebration afterward didn’t go exactly as planned.

Instead of immediately getting into graceful run around the Skyview High School gym, Billings Senior’s Mclain Burckley tripped over a referee’s foot and went sprawling to the gym floor after his 3-pointer from the left wing beat both the final buzzer and Billings Skyview Tuesday night.

Probably even before the scoreboard flashed the final score — Senior 63, Skyview 60 — Burckley was back up on his feet among his teammates, waving good-bye to the Skyview student section as he ran past, other Broncs running along with him.

“My teammates trust me to shoot, and I shot it,” was about all Burckley had to say.

The Broncs’ Brighton McCaffrey had some empathy for his teammate when told Burckley was pretty succinct in his description of the game-winner.

“I mean, there’s probably a lot going through his head right now,” McCaffrey joked.

Senior overcomes a 10-point deficit, loses a five-point lead, then wins it on Mclain Burckley buzzer-beater. Senior wins it 63-60. #mtscores — Mike Scherting (@GazSportsSchert) January 25, 2023

It was a wild ending to what was wild a fourth quarter. Senior trailed by 10 early, then, sparked by Zak Woog, who was seeing his first action of the game, went on a 21-6 run to lead by five with about a minute to play.

Skyview wasn’t finished, however. The Falcons recovered to knot the score at 60-60 with six seconds remain