Ogden (Utah) lost its final game of the boys’ basketball season by nearly 30 points to finish 8-14 for the year, and yet Senior Night was as raucous and unforgettable as any game the Tigers’ gym has ever seen.
At the urging of his tri-captains and a home crowd chanting, “We want Leyton,” Ogden head coach Shawn MacQueen inserted his team manager for the past four years, Leyton Davis, into the game with 90 seconds left, according to KSL-TV. Davis, who has Down syndrome, proceeded to dominate.
After scoring 14 points, including four 3-pointers, in the junior varsity game earlier on Friday afternoon, Davis dropped two more 3’s — one of which came at the buzzer — to finish with six points.
“His face was like Christmas morning, coming downstairs,” Ogden senior captain Spencer Johnson told KSL-TV. He added, “After the game in the locker room, he started crying because he knew it was his senior year. It really put into perspective how much this kid cares about us as a team, and how much we care about him.”
When the final buzzer sounded, the Tigers rushed to embrace their friend and teammate, hoisting him up as if they’d just won a title. As MacQueen said afterwards, per KSL-TV, “I told our kids after the game, ‘Not every champion gets a trophy.’ Last night’s gym was full of champions.”