Halfcourt-hero Pointer gives Bunnies new life
FISHER — Two years ago, Grant Pointer sat in the stands as a freshman and watched the Fisher boys’ basketball team make a deep postseason run.
All the games the Bunnies won that season en route to a Class 1A super-sectional appearance, however, didn’t have quite the dramatic ending Pointer supplied Wednesday night.
Pointer’s last-second three-point heave near halfcourt propelled the host Bunnies past Tri-Point 56-55 in a regional semifinal game and into the program’s third regional championship game in the last four seasons.
“I got the ball, and my main thought was to push it and get a shot,” Pointer said. “It was do or die, and up to the basketball gods whether it goes in or not.”
The miraculous shot had the small town — and social media — still buzzing Thursday before Fisher plays St. Thomas More on Friday night with a spot in a Danville Area Community College Sectional semifinal game next Tuesday on the line.
Pointer is a three-sport athlete who doesn’t shy away from the spotlight. In his fourth varsity game of his sophomore season, he scored 18 points. Then, he followed it up the next night with 30 points.
So if Friday night’s game comes down to the final few seconds, with Fisher needing to pull off another heart-stopping finish, well, coach Ron Ragle knows who he can turn to.
“I just told them, ‘Let her fly, boys,’ ” Ragle said. “Grant being the kid that he is wants to be a little more dramatic and pull up from halfcourt and knock it down. Big-time kids hit big-time shots, and that was a no-doubter.”
Brendan Quealy contributed to this report.