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Desert Oasis (Las Vegas) senior guard Ron Chan was so excited after scoring the first four points of his high school basketball career on Thursday night that he was still wearing his jersey when school reconvened on Friday morning, Diamondbacks coach Ryan Fretz told local radio show host Davey Diaz.
Chan, who has autism, served as the team’s equipment manager for his first three years of high school before making the Desert Oasis roster this season. He first appeared in a game for the Diamondbacks against Eldorado on Dec. 10, but didn’t get his first basket until Thursday’s 72-48 win over Bonanza.
“We put him on the roster this year,” Fretz explained to Diaz. “He’s at all our intramurals, he comes to all of our practices and he’s had a dream of playing basketball. He wanted to play, so we made his dream come true and let him play a couple weeks ago. He didn’t get to score in that game, and last night he had a chance to score, thanks to a lot of people that were involved, and obviously you guys see the result. It’s definitely a dream come true.”
Video shows the crowd going bananas when Chan scores for the first time on a textbook fast-break layup attempt. “Everyone at school loves him, and we support him 100 percent,” added Fretz. “Just to see him be able to do that and watch him live his dream out is — I don’t know, you can’t put it into words.”
A few plays later, Chan scored the second bucket of his career. Normally, whatever happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but not this time. Everyone should see this inspirational video from Desert Oasis.