It wasn’t the first time Maple Ridge resident Malcolm Williams made a shot when it counted.
But that was back in high school, and then, the stakes weren’t quite as high as they were on Sunday, July 17, during the Fraser Valley Bandits home game against the Ottawa BlackJacks at Langley Events centre.
At every Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) game, Flair Airlines has been offering fans a shot at winning a round trip to the league championship weekend in Ottawa in August if they can shoot one basket from the Flair’s dot logo from inside the half-court line
If someone makes their #ShotFromTheDot, they get a chance at a much bigger prize, free flights for a year to every destination Flair Airlines flies in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
Up until Sunday, 156 fans had tried.
Williams made it look easy, loose and relaxed as he sank both baskets.
SO THIS HAPPENED at the @FVBandits game last night..🤯
WAIT FOR IT…
Malcolm hit not 1️⃣ but BOTH shots from the @FlairAirlines dot setup beyond half court 😳. He wins a free trip to Championship Weekend AND free flights for an entire year. #LetsBall #OurGame #ShotFromTheDot pic.twitter.com/wkjtTXYNkB
— CEBL (@CEBLeague) July 18, 2022
“I have hit a shot like that before, it was a high school game, and it was to send it into overtime,” Williams said afterwards.
“When I was selected, I just visualized my success, so when I got on the court I was confident and able to be just living in the moment, so after the first shot I really wasn’t thinking at all and just soaking it all in.”
He plans to take his wife and 20-month old daughter to Ottawa to watch the CEBL championship.
And plans to use his unlimited flight privileges to visit Mexico.
“That’s first on the list.”
He became a season ticket holder after catching the last regular season game in 2021.
On the Sunday of his double win, Williams got to cheer on the Langley-based Bandits as they ended a season-high three game losing streak with a 95-88 victory over the visiting BlackJacks, a win that improved the Bandits’ record to 10-7 and ensures they will be in the playoffs once the regular season is over.
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