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Outside the Boxscore:
Thanks to the world of Twitter and the Internet, a heart-warming
moment for one special needs high school student in Oklahoma came true
after he got play for his high school basketball team.
of Owasso High School had yet to play in a game this season for the
boys' basketball team and last week, a special Twitter campaign called
"#dressNathanOut" got the attention of some famous celebrities including
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant.
final game of the season was against Sand Springs and at first due to
Owasso's playoff chances, there was a possibility that Nathan wasn't
going see any action. However at the five-minute mark in the second
half, Owasso head coach Mark Vancuren sent Nathan into the game and Mitcham had his moment in the sun:
his special Nike Zoom KD V shoes - a size 11, Thunder-blue and white
gift from Sand Springs, stuffed in an orange Nike box signed by dozens
of Sandites players and fans (Caleb Smith wrote, "If they don't fit,
call me and we can fix that! PS, Get Buckets!") - Nathan launched a 3
from the left corner that just caught the rim. It was rebounded by John
Cole Neph, who kicked it back out to Nathan at the top of the key.
dribbled, twirled, stepped to the left elbow of the free throw line and
elevated. His right leg kicked out, his left hand dropped, but the shot
"I didn't know he had that in his game," Owasso guard Jaylen Lowe said. "Nate's a baller, man. He's a baller."
After launching the shot, Nathan wasn't sure if he had hit it or not:
"I didn't think I hit it," Nathan said.
that first shot went through, I thought I was gonna need a box of
Kleenexes," said Owasso coach Mark Vancuren. "It was just an
unbelievable amount of emotion that overcame me."
the 75-55 victory over Sand Springs, Nathan scored eight points in the
final three minutes and was carried off the court by his teammates.
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