Team manager sinks 3-pointer as game ends

February 8, 2012 3:52:25 PM PST
A Cary high school student had a magical moment during a basketball game Tuesday night.

Green Hope High School student Nitin Reddy hit a 3-pointer as his team won their senior night game.

"It was one of the most exciting moments for me and the team," Reddy's Coach John Green said. "Nitin's been around the program for three years now; he cares more about the team sometimes than a lot of the other players."

It was a big moment for any high school hoopster, but it was even bigger for the team manager who has autism-like special needs.

"So when the kids in his same situation can see Nitin be popular and excel socially, it definitely makes him a role model," Green said.

Reddy's parents also shared their son's joy, watching him play in Green Hope's gym for the first time.

"To experience him knocking down that shot was big, they'll definitely never forget it, and I know Nitin won't let them," Green said.

The team rallied around the senior too, carrying him on their shoulders at the end of the game.

"Cary's fans, even Cary's basketball players and coaching staff supported Nitin, wanted him to succeed," Green said. "Hats off to Cary, that's a real class act."

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