When Newtown senior guard Mike Daubert hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer Tuesday night, he did more than lift the Nighthawks to a victory over New Milford on Senior Night and, qualify his team for the state tournament with the team’s eighth victory of the season.
He also beat Kobe Bryant.
Daubert’s shot was named No. 1 on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 plays, beating out a spectacular dunk by the NBA star in a 92-83 Lakers victory over the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center. Bryant’s dunk was No. 2.
Was it a sentimental pick by the ESPN producers, a tip of the cap to everything the Newtown community’s been through these last few months? Maybe.
But, hey, Kobe’s dunk was only two points and, while he’s galvanized the Lakers back into playoff contention, we’ll argue Dauber’s clutch shot meant so much more to him, to his fellow seniors, to the Newtown boys basketball team and to Newtown.
Daubert finished with 13 points. Connor Quinn led Newtown with 16.
Incidentally, Daubert’s Twitter avatar is a photo of him with New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony from last week’s shoot-around at the Newtown Youth Academy.