The first time a national deaf basketball tournament
championship was decided by a last second shot
was when Quentin Amati hit on a jumper to help
his New York Golden Tornadoes defeat Little
Rock 91-90 in 1956.
Amati was not supposed to take the last shot.
Carl Lorello was the designated shooter as
instructed by the coach during the time out.
Amati did not even want to touch the ball at
all, feeling Lorello was the best bet.
Lorello was covered; no one was guarding
Amati, and so, the ball was quickly passed
to a “surprised” Amati. The ball went in
at the buzzer.