A prank played on a high school basketball coach backfired on students at a Kansas high school.
During a recent pep rally at Olathe Northwest High School, students challenged girls basketball coach Joel Branstrom to make a basket from half-court wearing a blindfold.
They told Branstrom if he made the shot, he would win NCAA Final Four tickets. It was a false promise as the kids didn't possess the tickets and they didn't think Branstrom would make the shot.
Amazingly, the coach successfully put the ball through the hoop.
"I didn't know for over a minute that I actually made it," Branstrom told the Kansas City Star.
"[Olathe Northwest boys coach Mike] Grove was being overly adamant that I had made the shot," he said. "I even told him to give it up, but he was so insistent. Honestly, if it wasn't on tape, I probably still wouldn't believe it."
Left scrambling to come up with a substitute prize, the students finally presented the coach with a gift certificate to a Mexican restaurant.
However, the Sports Illustrated reports Branstrom ended up getting the coveted tickets after all, courtesy of an anonymous donor.