Pa. high school senior becomes unlikely basketball hero
FEB 09, 2014 9:12a ET
Four years of hard work outside the spotlight paid off for a Bensalem (Pa.) High student during Saturday's Senior Day basketball game against Neshaminy High.
Kevin Grow, an 18-year-old senior with Down syndrome, went from team manager to leading scorer as Bensalem rolled up a 64-40 victory before a huge home crowd.
Grow was on the court at the start of the game to score an easy layup, then coach John Mullin sent the young man back into the contest with two minutes remaining. He knocked down four of his five 3-point shots in quick fashion to end the game with a team-high 14 points.
His last basket came just before the final buzzer and Grow's teammates mobbed him.
"It's tough to describe. It really is," Mullin told Philly.com. "It's one of those things that doesn't happen often."
Grow fine-tuned his 3-point shot from straight on during workouts throughout the season and was an important part of Bensalem practices; the Owls wouldn't leave the floor for the day until Grow made a free throw.
"He's a gift from God -- he really is," Mullin told the website.
Grow's electrifying performance reminded us Jason McElwain, an autustic student from upstate New York who became a national sensation in 2006 by draining six 3-pointers in a season-ending game and being carried off the court in triumph as students rushed the court at the final buzzer.
McElwain has gone on to a career as an assistant coach and motivational speaker.