Charlevoix plane crash survivor drains three-pointer in emotional first game back
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:57:24 GMT —
Austin Hatch is a survivor.
Hatch survived two plane crashes. The most recent in Charlevoix, Michigan, in 2011 when his father and step-mother were killed and he was left in a medically induced coma for eight weeks.
But surviving the plane crash wasn't enough, Hatch wanted back on the basketball court.
In November, Hatch made headlines again when he stood at a podium at Loyola High School in Los Angeles and said "Basketball has given me something to shoot for and it's been my goal since I woke up from the coma in Chicago and told people I was going to play basketball again."
Wednesday night was Hatch's next milestone. The 6-foot-6 forward, who has committed to Michigan, played in his first basketball game in three years.
And that's not all.
Hatch checked into the game in the fourth quarter, came off a pick on the left block, ran out to the three-point lane where he caught the pass and launched a shot.
The LA Times reports the shot "caused his Loyola High coach and teammates to charge onto the court and pick up a technical foul."
But Coach Jamal Adams couldn't be upset about the technical at a heart-wrenching, emotional moment like that.
"It was the best technical foul I've ever been a part of," Coach Adams told the LA Times.
"It's unbelievable what the kid has gone through and how hard he's worked," Adams told the Times. "That kid has taught me you can come back from anything, that nothing is impossible. It was a spiritual moment."