Trinity’s Beau Howell makes shot of a lifetime

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Trinity's Beau Howell makes shot of a lifetime

Trinity’s Beau Howell makes shot of a lifetime

Beau did it.

After 15 almosts in 10 games played, Trinity Classical Academy Knights freshman Beau Howell scored a basket in the biggest basketball game in school history.

It ended up being the final points of the Knights’ 77-52 victory on Saturday against Desert Chapel High of Palm Springs in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI championship game at Godinez High in Santa Ana.

There were lumps in throats and tears in eyes — not just for the basket by the boy with autism, but for the spontaneous gesture that led to the score.

“We saw him come on the court and everyone giving him a standing ovation, and he probably hadn’t scored in his life,” said Desert Chapel senior and the school’s all-time leading scorer Taner Alvarez. “Why not let him score in the biggest game of his life?”

Alvarez said he, nor anyone of his teammates knew that Beau has autism. But with 42 seconds left, after Beau missed two previous consecutive shots, Desert called a timeout. Alvarez took the ball after the timeout, and immediately handed it to Beau, who was credited with the first steal of his career. Alvarez pointed to the basket and the Trinity section of the bleachers chanted his name.

Beau shot and missed.

He shot again.

Missed.

Alvarez pointed for him to take a few steps closer to the basket and with 19 seconds left in the game, Beau Howell scored the final points of the biggest win in Trinity basketball history. The Trinity section made the biggest noise of the game. Desert Chapel player Kaleb Whan broke out the biggest smile and clapped.

Beau’s teammates gave him a giant hug.

By Cary Osborne
Assistant Managing Editor
March 8, 2014

 

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