[Watch] Early Nomination for Sports Fail of the Year!

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[Watch] Early Nomination for Sports Fail of the Year!

High school team learns a valuable lesson about premature celebration.

Published March 3, 2016

It ain't over till it's over.

We guess one Rhode Island high school basketball team never heard of that adage, though, and instead flat out played themselves with an early celebration gone wrong in what has to be an early nominee for sports fail of 2016.

The moment, which has since gone viral, unfolded between the Chariho and Burrillville high schools in their battle for the D-III state championship late last month.

In the waning seconds of the game, a Burrillville player pulled up for a jumper to give his squad a 59-58 edge with only four ticks left on the clock.

That's when a different Burrillville player stole a Chariho inbounds pass, throwing the ball up in the air in pure ecstasy, as the team started celebrating the championship by piling onto each other in the middle of the court.

One problem, though — there was still one second left in the game.

To Burrillville's horror, Chariho used that one second and made it count, delivering a picture-perfect in-bounds pass, which was converted into an easy layup to give Chariho the buzzer-beating victory for the state title. Not to mention, thoroughly embarrassing their rivals in the process.

That's what an early celebration will do for you — about a million views on YouTube and going home without any championship gold.

Take a bow, Burrillville.

On the bright side, these kids just learned an invaluable lesson about the dangers of celebrating too early. 

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(Photo: WPRI)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla


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