The crowd begins to cheer for Rukawa, much to Sakuragi's annoyance. Akagi tells the team to focus, as they have only 40 seconds left. Shohoku gives it its all, but Ryonan remains calm, knowing they just have to prevent Shohoku from getting the ball for the next 40 seconds. At 15 seconds, though, Akagi manages to intercept the ball, and passes it to Rukawa. However, Sendoh catches up to Rukawa, and Rukawa, noticing an open player, passes to Sakuragi, much to his surprise.