Horsham basketball icon Mitch Creek came agonisingly close to claiming the NBA Summer League championship on Tuesday afternoon Australian time.
Creek's Minnesota Timberwolves made a brave final quarter comeback to turn the pre-season tournament's finale against the Memphis Grizzlies into a thrilling encounter.
Memphis held a 10 point lead with just 2 minutes remaining, but the Timberwolves, led by Creek, reeled off nine straight points to cut the deficit to just one.
The streak was capped off by Creek assisting his Minnesota teammate Keita Bates-Diop for a three pointer.
But the Timberwolves could not quite get their noses in front, losing 95-92.
Creek played 26 minutes in the contest, accumulating 13 points, four rebounds and two assists.
"Thank you Timberwolves fans, family and friends. To all the staff, coaches and players, what a ride," Creek posted on his Facebook.
"We came so close."
Creek will now have to wait and see if he has done enough to earn a contract with the Timberwolves for the upcoming season.
Creek averaged 11.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, on 64 per cent shooting throughout the Summer League.
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