This wasn't Kevin Grow's first time suiting up for Bensalem (Pa.) High's boys' basketball team, but it's his most memorable performance in an Owls uniform, because nobody in the gym will ever forget it.
Grow, an 18-year-old Bensalem student with Down syndrome, has served as team manager for the past four seasons and finally saw game action on Friday night, scoring three points on a free throw and a fast break layp in a 53-44 loss to Abington (Pa.), according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Apparently, he was only just getting started.
In front of a packed house for Bensalem's Senior Day the following afternoon, Owls coach John Mullin once again inserted Grow for the last two minutes. What happened next is prep sports at its finest.
In the final moments of his team's regular season, Grow reportedly scored a game-high 14 points, drilling 4-of-5 3-pointers and adding a layup in a 64-40 victory against conference rival Neshaminy (Pa.).
"It felt like a movie," Mullin told The Inquirer. He added, "It's tough to describe. It really is. It's one of those things that doesn't happen often. ... He's a gift from God -- he really is."
Bensalem won just seven games this season and hadn't defeated any opponent by more than 10 points all winter. In fact, the Owls lost to Neshaminy by four points back in December. In other words, Grow turned out to be the high scorer in Bensalem's biggest win of the season. Remarkable.
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