The true MVP during an NCAA March Madness game wasn’t even a basketball player. Instead, the game was saved by a couple of cheerleaders who quite literally rose to the challenge to save the day.
A hilarious clip sweeping the internet shows a basketball completely stuck between the backboard and shot clock as St. Mary’s College played against Indiana in Portland, Oregon.
Not even the tallest players could jump high enough to retrieve it. A mop didn’t work, a referee on a chair didn’t work. They were quickly running out of ideas.
“Major issues here in Portland,” the announcer chuckled.
I mean, they could have gotten another ball, but where’s the fun in that?
Luckily, inspiration hit!
Cassidy Cerny gracefully hoisted herself onto the shoulders of her teammate Nathan Paris in that effortless “why yes, I’m a cheerleader, I defy gravity all the time” way. Cerny grabbed the ball, the crowd went wild … and the rest is epic sports history.
Cerny and Paris went above and beyond (see what I did there?) to lift spirits. And people were quick to share their praises in the comments.
“It’s amazing how sometimes the most simple and mundane things cac bring people together,” one person wrote.
Another person added “I love moments like these. Proves humanity still exists in people.”
Showing true cheerleader spirit, Cerny told Good Morning America “just being able to bring that exposure to my team was really fun.”
And they say the perfect play doesn’t exist. When are these cheerleaders getting their trophy, already?
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