Newton North junior Liam Bruno passes along this video from Thursday night's win over Norwood, in which student manager Ryan Gallagher gets into the game late.
Watch as Gallagher, a senior and a special needs student who has been with the team for four years, sinks a three-pointer to send the crowd into a frenzy.
"It was incredible," head coach Paul Connolly said. "It really just...The people who were there will never forget it. From the build up with of all of his friends in the stands cheer for him to get in the game...It was absolutely outstanding. When they finally put him in the game, the buildup we come down and run the play -- he executes it perfectly, exactly what we ran in practice -- he hits it and then the eruption."
Connolly has won two MIAA Division 1 state championships and numerous Bay State Conference titles in his time at Newton North, but doesn't hesitate to call this one of the finer moments of his time at North.
"Absolutely," he said. "Working in that building every day, knowning him and how the faculty and student body have embraced Ryan, it was unbelievable. We're all very, very proud of him. It was something else. The buzz in school the next day, the posters made up of him that went around, watching the video and the buzz in school on Friday was just incredible.
"It was something else, let me tell you. The people in that gym will never forget it."
Here's another perspective of the shot, from the student section, courtesy of Hector Coscione:
(skip to the 1:35 mark)