Flashback: Chris Coles Sinks 'The Shot'

June 28, 2016

By Geoff Kimmerly
Second Half editor

A 54-foot rainbow launched by Chris Coles at the buzzer of the 1986 Class B Boys Basketball Final is still remembered as "The Shot" in MHSAA history and is available to see again as the kickoff to this summer's MHSAA.tv "80's Finals Flashback" series. 

Coles' long-distance 3-pointer gave Saginaw Buena Vista a 33-32 win over reigning champion Flint Beecher in a rematch of the 1985 double overtime championship game thriller won by the Bucs. 

Tied at 31 with three seconds to play, Beecher sophomore Ernest Steward hit the first shot of a one-and-one situation to put the Bucs on top, 32-31. Stewart missed on the second attempt, allowing the Knights' Michael Jackson to grab the rebound and pass to Coles. The shot was Coles’ first attempt of the second half, and the senior’s only points in the contest. Shoun Randolph led the Knights in scoring with 19 points. Ricky Jackson paced Beecher with 18.

Click MHSAA.tv to watch the game in full, and check back every week for another 1980s classic.