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As the final buzzer rang, the Levanga players on the bench ran up to the players on the floor to celebrate their dramatic 63-62 victory over the Hitachi Sunrockers on the final day of the National Basketball League regular season.

But the sad reality was, they came up short in their quest for a playoff berth by an inch. The final postseason ticket went instead to the Link Tochigi Brex, who beat the Chiba Jets 83-73 a few minutes after the Levanga’s win.

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