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Cape teen’s basketball shot makes ‘SportsCenter’ Top 10

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Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2010 10:15 am

Ryan Herman isn’t even out of high school, but he’s already done something most professional athletes would envy: landing a spot on Top 10 Plays of the Day on “SportsCenter.”

Herman, 18, a senior at Lower Cape May Regional High School, sank a 30-foot shot in the last seconds of Wednesday night’s Cape-Atlantic League National Conference game against Middle Township, scoring the winning points for a 48-45 victory.

“I didn’t even see (the ball) go in,” Herman recalled. “I just heard the crowd’s reaction.”

The play was exciting enough to land Herman the No. 2 spot on “SportsCenter” Top 10 Plays of the Day on Thursday night.

One of the coaches at Lower Cape has a relative at ESPN, and that’s how the footage got into the Top 10, according to athletic director Mark Schiffbauer.

“They called me and asked if they had permission to use the clip,” Schiffbauer said. “I said yes and asked them if it was going to be on the Top 10, and they didn’t know.”

Herman didn’t know if the footage would air until a friend called and told Herman that he was shown in a preview of the Top 10. That’s when he learned he had made the No. 2 spot.

“I started getting text messages from everybody,” Herman said.

Schiffbauer said Herman’s play and subsequent television appearance were the talk of the school Friday. For Herman, his newfound 15 minutes of fame are still sinking in.

“I never would have thought I’d have seen myself on there,” Herman said. “I just love that show.”

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