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A Chance Meeting Inspires Thoughts About Morris Crute

July 16, 2016

The name on the man’s badge was familiar and somewhat unusual.

It was Crute and I asked the man if he was related to Morris Crute.

Morris Crute led Yonkers High School to a basketball crown in 1973.

Mr. Crute also hit a “Jerry West” type, long, desperation shot to tie a post-season game.

In West’s case it was in the third game of the 1970 NBA Finals but his team lost both the game and the series.

Crute’s shot was in a must win game for Yonkers High and they went on to stop a great high school player, college title winner with Marquette and NBA finalist, Bernard Toone, in their title win.


The ball falls through the net as a Malaysian player mark points against Thailand during the women basketball preleminary round games at the 26th Southeast Asian Games (SEAGAMES) in Jakarta on November 16, 2011. Philippines won 103-69. AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH Nam (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

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