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43-   1961, Medfield College trailed Rutland College 46-3 at the half and came back to win 47-46 in the movie, "The Absent Minded Professor." Propelled by flubber (a heretofore unknown substance) in their sneakers for the second half, the Medfield players  acquired a unique jumping ability which helped them to make their comeback for the win.   Believe it, or not! (Credit: Fred McMurray)
31-  1950, Dec 30. The biggest comeback in college basketball history occurred when Duke trailed Tulane by 31 points, 58-27 with 19 minutes left, but Dick Groat from Swissvale H. S. (near Pittsburgh)
led the comeback for the Duke victory.  Groat later was a star shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  (Credit: Tony Labriola)

24-1991, March 7.  The Brentwood girls trailed Serra Catholic in the Class AA WPIAL playoffs in the third quarter, 41-17, they then went on a 27-0 run and the game became tied at the end.  Brentwood won in overtime 54-52.  Serra Catholic finished at 17-8 for the season, Brentwood moved on with a 23-3 record.  Two good teams in an unusual game. In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette article, Coach Cleary of Serra was asked if his girls cried after the game, he said "there was little to be said,  just get on the bus and go home.  And, yes they cried!"  (Credit: Jeff Warner)

24-2012, Harrisburg Academy 83, Bible Baptist 76 (OT)-Trailing by 24 points at halftime didn't scare away the host Spartans Tuesday night in this non-league Class A showdown against the visiting Bobcats. Nathan Walborn scored 27 of his 38 points over the third and fourth quarters as Academy (5-1) stormed back to force overtime. (12/19/12 Penn Live)

21- 2011, A PAC 10 Girls basketball game played on Tuesday January 25th 2011. Springford Lady Rams vs. Boyertown Lady Bears.  Boyertown girls were down 13-6 after 1st quarter.  After 2nd quarter Boyertown was down 33-10.  After 3rd quarter Boyertown was down 46 -25. Down 21 going into 4th quarter.  AT the end of the 4th quarter Boyertown tied the game at 52-52 and sent the game into overtime.  Boyertown overtook Springford in the overtime period to win  Final score Boyertown 68 - Springford 62.  .What a game to see!!!!!!!!!!  (Credit:  Rhonda Bieber)

19-  2000, In the District 10 consolation finals against Grove City, Sharon rallied from a 19-point deficit in the game's final 5 1/2 minutes to tie the contest before securing a 64-61 overtime victory. (Credit: John Koscinski).
18-  2009,
Biggest comebacks. 09' York High Bearcats vs. Reading Red Knights in the district 3 playoffs at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Bearcats were down I believe 18 points under four minutes in the game and came back to win in regulation.
17-  1955, Kutztown High School trailed Hamburg 28-11 in the third quarter before mounting a tremendous comeback to win the Central Division, Section 1 playoffs 39-36. (Feb 25, 1955, Reading Eagle)
16- 2011,
 Apollo-Ridge rallied from 16 down at the end of the third quarter to win.  Junior Brad Campbell's two free throws with one second left gave Apollo-Ridge  its first and only lead during the 77-76 win at West Shamokin. The Vikings trailed by 16 points at the end of the third quarter, but a 39-point fourth quarter outburst turned the tide.   (12/18/10, Leader Times)
14-  2009, The Reynolds Lady Raiders were trailing by 14 points with under 5 minutes remaining. Chelsea D'Urso, a 5'5" senior guard scored 23 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and had 2 steals in the game's final 5:30 to bring Reynolds back to win by 2. (Robert A. Chamberlain)
14- 2011, St. Joseph's Prep, defeated their main rival, LaSalle College, after being down by 14 points with 7:20 left in the game. St. Joseph's Prep overcame a 37-23 deficit with 7:20 left in the game to win on LaSalle's court before a packed, standing room only crowd.  This was a Philadelphia Catholic League game, and these two schools are each other's primary rival.  What is really amazing about The Prep's comeback in this contest is that they are not a quick strike team, they do not press on defense, and they have a very deliberate offense.  The Prep scored 29 points in the final quarter, after scoring just 23 points in the first three quarters, combined.  Final score: St. Joseph's Prep 52 LaSalle College 49.  This report was written by Dave Kehler  at his new website on high school basketball at

With time running out
Dec 2012, Harrisburg Christian trailed Lancaster County Christian by 5 with sixteen seconds to go.  David Yeckley, Harrisburg Christian hit a three, and Harrisburg called time out.  They came out of the timeout in a full court press and forced a turnover with eight seconds remaining, their three point shot was off the mark, but Johnny Undercoffler  rebounded and his follow-up tied the score as time ran out.  Harrisburg Christian won the game in overtime 49-44.  (Report by Rodney Froth)