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Valhalla Vikings Win By One Point, Meet Basketball Alum

Valhalla alumni and former basketball players from the late 1970s and early 1980s were at the game where the Valhalla Vikings beat Pleasantville High School by one point at the buzzer.
Valhalla alumni and former basketball players from the late 1970s and early 1980s were at the game where the Valhalla Vikings beat Pleasantville High School by one point at the buzzer. Photo Credit: Valhalla Union Free School District

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- It was a special night for the Valhalla High School boys varsity and junior varsity basketball players on Friday, Jan. 22. Not only did they beat Pleasantville High School, but they were also visited by members of the Valhalla basketball teams from the 1970s and 1980s.

Near the end of the intense game against Pleasantville, the Valhalla team trailed by one point - 49-48.

With two seconds left, 10th-grader Orlando Clarke scored a buzzer beater to win the game 50-49. When the ball sunk through the net, the Vikings players jumped into the air, cheering and hugging each other.

The Valhalla alumni stepped onto the court to give a speech and honored a former teammate who recently passed away.

While a few of the alumni were somewhat local, others traveled from farther away, including one trip from Tennessee.

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