He shoots ... he scores!!

"I saw it was right on. Ninety-nine out of 100 people are short with the shot; you've got to get your legs into [it]," Richard Codey explained to sportswriters after his dramatic, high-arching heave from midcourt swished through the net at a high school basketball game in West Orange, N.J., last Saturday between Solomon Schechter and Monclair Kimberly Academy. As the crowd roared, the marksman dropped to one knee and pumped his fist in excitement, then rose and - in the fashion of football players these days - chest-bumped a Solomon Schechter player. No, his basket didn't win the game. It didn't even affect the outcome. In fact, he isn't a member of either team, although his son suits up for the Kimberly Cougars. Codey, you see, is the state's acting governor, and he had bought a $1 raffle ticket for the opportunity to take that shot at halftime and win two passes to a future home game of the National Basketball Association's New Jersey Nets. Since he's an avid fan and already has Nets season tickets, he said he planned to yield his prize to someone who has never been to an NBA game.

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