Heart-warming moment student with Down syndrome sinks a basket and high school players hurry to celebrate with him
- Mason Doherty, a senior guard, shoots from the baseline while the buzzer sounds
- Fellow players come to court to congratulate him on the game in Minnesota
- Heart-warming images were recorded on fans’ mobile phones and placed online
- His father Darin says his teammates ‘let him shine’ by helping him reach the ball
Video shows the moving scene when a crowd of high school basketball players rushed onto the field to celebrate the moment when their teammate scored the last shot of a game in Minnesota while the buzzer sounds.
Mason Doherty, who has Down syndrome, started towards the end of his first varsity game and scored a three-pointer after several shot attempts and some help from teammates, Fox 9 reported.
Then Doherty, a senior guard, hit the buzzer from the baseline in the match between Minnehaha Academy and St. Peter on Saturday.
Mason Doherty, a senior guard with Down syndrome, came in the second half of his first game against varsity
Although Minnehaha Academy defeated St. Peter 95-66, Doherty was praised by his fellow players and they rushed the court to celebrate with him
Doherty said he loved basketball because he enjoyed spending time with his friends
The buzzer sounds before players from both teams come together to congratulate him. Video posted on Twitter made the audience roar while Doherty hit the shot.
Although Minnehaha Academy defeated St. Peter 95-66, Doherty was praised by his fellow players.
Jalen Suggs, a top Minnehaha player, posed for photos with Mason during the game.
He wrote in a tweet: “This is what sport is all about! We have played many good matches this season and I have seen more from other teams. But this here, nothing this season surpasses what my husband Mason did today !! ”
Suggs was honored for his selection for the McDonald’s All-American Game on Monday, where he told Fox: “It shows the power of sport. I mean this, the McDonald’s All-American Game, it’s huge for me, but for that boy and that community, I can’t ask for anything better than that.
‘Being present in person, not going to lie, that is high at my sporting moments that I have experienced in my young 18-year-old life. To see how happy he was and how happy the whole building was, it was just a great atmosphere, a great atmosphere there, and for MVP Mason that was a great shot man. ”
Mason’s mother, Laura, told it CBS Minnesota: “This is what he does. He shoots the three, but he has always shot the three. ”
“It is sometimes overwhelming to see the support, and everyone is gathering for him,” she said.
“I love basketball because I like hanging out with my friends,” Doherty said.
Josh Johnson, a teammate from Doherty, told CBS Minnesota: “In practice, he only walks straight to the three-point line. It is every day. Astonishing. It is a great experience for each of these players in our team. ”
Doherty’s father, Darin, told the station: “It tears our eyes every time you see his teammates fly off the couch. The other team is flying off the bench and everyone in the stands gets up.
“They give up their precious time to give him the ball, to make it shine.”