Improvisation On The Hard-Court (GIF)
See How A Male Cheerleader Almost Cost Louisville The Game (Video)
Some big shots and good defense down the stretch helped the Pittsburgh Panthers send yesterday’ Big East battle against Louisville into overtime. An embarrassing gaffe by a male cheerleader of the Cardinals almost sent it into double-overtime.
Trailing by three with less than ten seconds remaining on the clock in the first overtime, Pitt’s Brad Wanamaker missed an open lay-up to cut the lead to one. The Cards advanced the ball up the court and Kyle Kuric’s slam dunk with only 0.5 seconds remaining appeared to seal the victory for Louisville. While most fans at the KFC Yum! Center were in celebration mode at that point, one over-exuberant member of the Cardinals’ cheer squad took things a little too far, stepping onto the court and tossing the ball into the air with time still remaining on the clock.
That foolish mishap earned the Cardinals a technical foul, giving the Panthers’ Ashton Gibbs two shots from the line. He would hit both, giving Pittsburgh one last shot to tie the game. Gibbs would miss, however, saving the Cards’ male cheerleader from the agony of becoming Louisville’s very own version of the Cubs’ Steve Bartman.
Following the game, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino joked that this would be the end of the male cheerleader, stating that “it was good while it lasted,” before informing us all that “you could actually lose a game like that.”
We are well aware Rick. We almost witnessed it right before our eyes yesterday afternoon.
And for those of you who didn’t, here it is.