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AN EMOTIONAL BUZZER BEATER

ON A HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

COURT IN WESTCHESTER THAT MEANT

SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST WINNING

A GAME OF THE.

THE FANS BROKE INTO

CELEBRATION AND A QUIET EMBRACE

OF TWO FRIENDS TOLD A STORY OF

TRIUMPH OVER TRAGEDY TONY

AIELLO HAS MORE.

Reporter: THE PANTHERS THEY

ARE IN PAIN SO THE SHOT BY JOEY

BUCKLAND IS EXTRA SPECIAL.

THAT WAS MY FAVORITE MOMENT.

Reporter: THE 17-YEAR-OLD

HIT THE BUZZER BEATER THAT

BROUGHT THE CROWD TO HIS FEET,

AND THE TEAM STORMED THE COURT

BUT BUCKLAND WAS LOOKING FOR

ONE TEAMMATE IN PARTICULAR.

IT WAS LIKE GET OUT OF THE

WAY.

GET OUT OF THE WAY.

IT WAS WHAT I WANTED TO DO.

Reporter: HIS LIFELONG

FRIEND, PRESTON, HAD JUST LOST

HIS FATHER IN A CAR ACCIDENT

LAST WEEK.

WE HAD BECOME REALLY GOOD

FRIENDS IN SPORTS AND STUFF,

AND WE WERE TEAMMATES THE WHOLE

WAY.

Reporter: HE WAS ONE OF

THREE STUDENT ATHLETES IN THE

287 CRASH THAT KILL HIS FATHER

AND CLASSMATE BRIAN GOLDBERG.

IT WAS FOR A COMMUNITY IN

MOURNING.

THE TRAGEDY IS BIGGER THAN

BASKETBALL BUT IF WE WERE ABLE

TO PROVIDE EVEN 5 MINUTES OF

HAPPINESS FOR THE COMMUNITY,

THEN I'M GLAD THAT IT HAPPENED.

Reporter: IT WAS THE FIRST

GAME SINCE THE FATAL CRASH.

THE ARDSLEY PANTHERS CLAUDE

THEMSELVES TO VICTORY.

I LIKE TONG THAT WE HAD

SOMEONE WATCHING OUT FOR US,

AND 57 POINTS IS THE SAME AGE

AS HIS FATHER.

WE WANT TO COME TOGETHER AND

PLAY FOR ERIC AND PRAYING FOR

EVERYONE WHOSE LIVES WERE

AFFECTED.

IT JUST MAKES EVERYONE'S

SPIRITS HIGHER.

Reporter: AT A TIME WHEN THE

COMMUNITY IS LOOKING FOR

REASONS TO SMILE AND HOPE, THE

BASKETBALL TEAM REALLY SCORED.

TONY AIELLO, CBS 2 NEW.

POLICE SAY THAT NO CHARGES

WERE FILED AGAINST THE WRONG

WAY DRIVER WHO IS BELIEVED TO

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