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A $25,000 half-court heave

4/6/2011

Celtics/Courtesy Photo

Angel Martinez, 21, of Worcester launches his $25,000 half-court shot Tuesday night.A 21-year-old Worcester man banked home a half-court shot during the Celtics' win over the 76ers Tuesday at the TD Garden, earning $25,000 in a Cumberland Farms promotion. The Worcester Telegram & Gazette's Bill Doyle has the details:

Angel Martinez, 21, of Worcester sank a half-court shot at halftime of last night's Celtics game to win $25,000 from Cumberland Farms.

Martinez and the other nine winners of halftime shooting contests throughout the season were invited back, and they each took one shot from half court. Martinez was the only one who sank the shot.

Martinez took a running start and banked in his shot with his wife, Sasha, watching.

“At first, it shocked me,” Martinez said. “I thought I was going to get disqualified because I went over the line, but Lucky (the Celtics mascot) said I was good.”

Martinez said he practiced for his half-court shot only once, and he made three of 11 shots near his home behind UMass Memorial Hospital.

So this guy is 4-for-12 from half-court in limited practice? Danny, sign him up!