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Rivalry turns partnership in student manager's special 6.7 seconds

Ben Rohrbach
Prep Rally

This is one of the most remarkable cases of sportsmanship you may ever see.

In a rivalry game with playoff seeding implications that came down to the final minute, the Prairie Grove (Ark.) and Farmington (Ark.) prep boys' basketball teams found common ground for the final 6.7 seconds.

When a cheerleader reminded him amid the confusion of a one-point game that had quickly spread to an eight-point deficit in the final moments against Farmington, Prairie Grove coach Steve Edminston inserted senior McKay Gregson as fans from both sides chanted, "Put in McKay," according to a blog and accompanying video posted by Gregson's older brother Ty. McKay, who has 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, has served as Prairie Grove's student manager for three seasons.

With time winding down on a 64-55 loss, Gregson missed his first 3-point attempt, and Farmington's Jeremy Mueller grabbed the rebound. The game, for all intents and purposes, was over. Except Mueller passed the ball back to Gregson, who ripped a 30-footer right through the net for his first career 3. It'll officially go down as a turnover for Mueller, but in reality it'll be hard to top that assist.

Even better, Gregson's father Lynn served as one of the two announcers on the video that made it to YouTube, and Mueller (a rival player, lest we forget) once again provided an assist -- helping fuel a Twitter campaign to get McKay's shot heard 'round Arkansas onto SportsCenter's Top 10.

 

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