For three years, El Paso’s Canutillo High School has been host to basketball team manager Adrian Martinez, a teenager as dedicated to basketball as you’ll find. For one night, Martinez was much more than just the team manager who happens to have autism. He was everyone’s hero for smoothly connecting on a corner three-pointer when he got the opportunity.
As is sometimes the tradition, Martinez was given the chance to suit up as a member of the Canutillo varsity team for the school’s Senior Night against crowsstown rival Bowie High. When he got on the court, Martinez shuffled over to the far corner and lined up for a quick shot if he got the ball with a clear look. That’s precisely what happened, with the senior receiving a feed from a teammate and throwing up a quick twitch release.
The shot couldn’t have sailed any more true if it was powered by a Disney scriptwriter, soaring directly through the net, just inside the back of the rim as it slipped through, sending Martinez and the crowd into an ebullient celebration as the Texan simultaneously tried to grasp his place in time and race back on defense at the same time.
All in a day’s work for the team manager turned inspirational sharpshooter. Well done, Adrian Martinez, and Canutillo High for that matter.