Video: Basketball team celebrates too soon, loses title game

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (MEDIA GENERAL) – Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. It isn’t over ’til the fat lady sings. The die hasn’t been cast.

The Burrillville Broncos boys basketball team is taking these idioms to heart after a nightmarish ending to Sunday’s Division 2 Rhode Island state championship game.

Up 59-58 in the final seconds, the Broncos stole an inbounds pass and tossed the ball in the air, sparking a bench-clearing celebration. However, a member of the Chariho Chargers came down with the ball and called a timeout before the clock expired.

On the final play, Chariho’s Jacob Beauregard found Tom Longolucco for a tip-in layup to give the Chargers an improbable 60-59 win to claim the title.

After the game, Longolucco stumbled when trying to describe the last play of the game.

“I still can’t believe it. That was crazy,” he said.

Added Chariho coach Corey Downey: “It’s unbelievable. I mean, think about the change of emotions and their attitudes from watching Burrillville (celebrate) and thinking the game’s over and coming in and saying, ‘Guys, let’s run a play.’ They were like, ‘What are you doing, coach?’ And I said, ‘We have one second left!’”

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