Perth Wildcats captain Jesse Wagstaff has missed the simplest of lay-ups to hand South East Melbourne a pulsating 90-89 NBL win at RAC Arena.
A Keifer Sykes jump-shot with 4.8 seconds remaining gave the Phoenix a one-point lead in Friday night's blockbuster.
The Wildcats had one final chance to win the game, and victory looked theirs after the ball found itself in Wagstaff's hands in front of the rim and with no-one around him.
But Wagstaff put too much force and angle into the regulation lay-up, with the ball bouncing off the glass and missing the ring altogether.
The six-time NBL champion hung his head in despair after the miss, with the home crowd left stunned.
"He's obviously disappointed," Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson said.
"Jesse's been around long enough, he's a 12-year vet. We'll let him process it. The good thing is we have a game on Sunday (against NZ) to have a reply."
Phoenix coach Simon Mitchell said he didn't feel bad for Wagstaff.
"Not one iota," Mitchell said.
"I have tremendous respect for Jesse. He's been an amazing player for a long time for the Wildcats and he'll have his jersey up in the rafters one day.
"He does things to win. Just by his knowledge of the game he's able to eke whistles out of referees that maybe most players can't. He just has that ability to draw attention, because he's got such great IQ.
"But I don't feel bad for him at all."
Wildcats guard Bryce Cotton starred with 32 points, six assists, and four rebounds while makeshift centre John Mooney (19 points, 13 rebounds) notched his second straight double-double.
Mitch Creek produced a hot shooting display for the Phoenix to tally 24 points and seven rebounds, while Sykes was influential with 19 points and eight assists.
The fuse was lit for a heated affair after Phoenix co-captain Adam Gibson's pre-match comments about his team needing to put Cotton on his backside with a few hard fouls.
Gibson ended up being a late scratching after failing a fitness test on a calf injury, but his comments put the referees on notice for any untoward physicality.
The Phoenix shot out to 10-point leads in both the second and third quarters, but the Wildcats were able to peg them back each time.
A Cotton three-pointer gave the Wildcats a four-point edge with just 51 seconds to go in the match, but a Kyle Adnam long bomb and Sykes' jump shot saw the Phoenix retake the lead.
Wagstaff looked destined to score the winning points on a night where equalled Andrew Vlahov as the fourth most-capped Perth Wildcat of all-time with 349 games, but his lay-up miss ruined the fairytale ending.