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A few weeks ago, Josh Thompson, the head basketball coach at Bishop McGuinness High School in Kernersvill, NC, had a pretty great idea. For his team’s upcoming game against their arch rivals from Mount Airy High School, he would have each player on his team choose somebody to whom they wanted to dedicate the game. Then he had everyone write their person’s name on the game ball.
Obviously, everyone wrote the name of somebody who was special to them. But one player’s dedication stood out. Spencer Wilson chose his friend, Josh Rominger. The two met under horrible circumstances as both underwent treatment for cancer. And while Wilson would go on to beat cancer and recover, Rominger would not. He passed away nine months ago
Before the game, Spencer wrote a letter to Josh’s mom explaining how much her son meant to him. “His joy illuminated the room, and it was always apparent to me that he was special,” he explained. “Just wanted to let you know the impact your son has on my life still to this day. I will never forget him.”
If that was the end of the story, it would be beautiful. However, that is not the end. It actually gets better.
You see, that dedication game between Bishop McGuinness and Mount Airy ended up going to overtime. And in overtime, Mount Airy got a trip to the free-throw line with 2.2 seconds on the clock and an 82-81 lead. However, the Mount Airy player missed his free throw and a Bishop McGuinness player grabbed the rebound and dished it to Spencer, who heaved a three-quarters-court shot as the buzzer sounded. And it went in.
Take a look:
So Spencer Wilson won the game he dedicated to his deceased friend in the most amazing way you could possibly imagine. You just cannot make this stuff up.
Check out the piece CBS News did on Spencer and his miraculous shot. It will give you goosebumps.
Hat Tip – [Bleacher Report and CBS News]