Winona student who hit miracle shot meets record-holding Globetrotter


There's one big thing that links 14-year-old Winona Middle School students Easton Gamoke with Thunder Law, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound rookie forward for the Harlem Globetrotters.

It's the ability to throw a basketball into a hoop from really far away.

For Gamoke, it was a miracle shot from nearly the other end of the court, a basket that won the game for his Running Rebels 47-33 (see below for video).

Law, meanwhile, holds the Guinness World Record for the longest basketball shot ever – 109 feet and nine inches (also see video below).

The two long shots got a chance to connect in person, the La Crosse Tribune reports, at Law's all-ages basketball camp Monday at the city's YMCA.

“I just had to meet Easton,” Law tells the paper. “We have the same shot.”

Says Gamoke, according to the Tribune: "“I think this is so cool.”

Gamoke was on the court with the Winona YMCA Running Rebels in Holmen, Wisconsin, in January when the nearly-impossible happened. The Running Rebels were in a tie game with only seconds to go when the eighth-grader heaved the ball nearly the entire length of the court, then watched as the ball rattled through the hoop.

The team was one of the top 32 teams in Minnesota and Wisconsin to make it to the tournament game.

To prove it wasn’t a fluke, Gamoke took the shot again for FOX 9 – and made it on his first attempt.

In January, the video had more than 22,000 views on YouTube. As of April 8, it's up to more than 1.2 million.

And here's Law's record-breaking heave from November.

Law, 24, also encouraged his camp attendees (about 200 in all) to follow their dreams, but no matter what include an education with it.

The Globetrotters have a show at 7 p.m. Thursday at the La Crosse Center. The team is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota the day prior, 7 p.m. at Sioux Falls Arena; then move across Minnesota over the weekend, starting in St. Cloud Friday, two shows in Minneapolis Saturday, then a Duluth stop Sunday. See the full schedule with details by clicking here.

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