Otis Miller prevails once again with his lucky shot

Published 9:18 pm Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Otis Miller stands proudly with his once-in-a-lifetime lucky half-court shot reward.

Otis Miller stands proudly with his once-in-a-lifetime lucky half-court shot reward.

1994 high school basketball standout Otis Miller proves he still has it.

During the Tuesday, Dec. 8 basketball game at East Henderson High School, Miller had the chance to take a half-court shot sponsored by Bryan Easler Toyota for $1,000. Miller bought 10 raffle tickets from the East Henderson cheerleaders with hopes his number would be called.

Miller still holds the leading scorer record for Polk’s Wolverines. Miller graduated from Polk in 1994 and now lives in Mill Spring with his wife Lydia and their two children.

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Recently, Miller tore his patellar tendon and had to have knee surgery. He has been out of work for a couple months. He works at the Tryon International Equestrian Center and assists with the men’s basketball team at Polk County High School. Struggling to make ends meet and with Christmas knocking, Miller decided have a little faith.

His hopes turned into reality when one of his ticket numbers was called. As Miller made his way down to the court he realized he forgot his knee brace. Miller turned around, got his brace on and got back on the court. Miller took the ball, flipped his hat around and took his position.

“I couldn’t hear or see anything but the ball and the net,” Miller commented. “I just knew I had to make this shot.” Swoosh. The ball went in touching nothing but net. Fans from both sides of the court swarmed Miller on the court.

Miller said now he can breathe a littler easier knowing he can give his family a good Christmas.


– Submitted by Ashley Brewington