'More than a shot': Basketball player with cerebral palsy hits 3-pointer, other team storms court
(2/22/2019) - Thursday night the Flushing High School basketball court became an unexpected flood of inspiration after a game the players their coaches and the fans are still soaking in.
"All I can say is amazing, amazing, amazing," 15-year-old Swartz Creek freshman Brian Sefernick said.
With two minutes left in their game against Flushing, he came off the bench.
"So I called time out, to let him get in the game; and then during time out, I talked to my players and said 'Alright - when we inbound it, let's turn the ball over, so they can get the ball so he can go down and get a chance to score,'" Flushing Coach Mark Schilke said.
And, that's exactly what the Raiders did.
With just 22 seconds left on the clock, Sefernick threw up his first shot. No luck, so he tried two more times. Then, his coach yelled to try for a three.
The clock stopped as Brian backed up. And, the shot was perfect. As the final 10 seconds expire, the 15-year-old celebrates all the way down the court.
"That was the first 3-pointer I hit this year; and it's a moment I'll never forget the rest of my life," Sefernick said.
The moment got even better.
"They mobbed him. And, that's the part that shoot," Coach Schilke got choked up. "That's the part that I didn't script or I didn't plan for. I just - that's the part that makes it worthwhile."
The score didn't matter and neither did the fact Flushing's freshman boys' basketball team just solidified a perfect season.
"Those kids are the nicest kids from a different school I've ever seen. Like, they treated me amazing," Sefernick said.
"You gotta give glory, you gotta give praise when praise is do and honestly he deserves it," Flushing's Jacob Morrison said.
He and his teammates, Robert Wilson and Malaki Edwards, were the first to hop up and celebrate Sefernick.
"It was more than a shot, it was a message to be thankful for everything you have," Wilson said. "Just waking up every morning and getting to stand up on your feet without having braces, so it's like he got that moment, it's crazy."
Determination, positivity and hard work his Coach is proud everyone outside their team finally got to see.
"He's the only young man who has come to every single practice this season. He's earned it, he deserves every second of this spotlight," Swartz Creek Coach Edward Drew said.
"You can do whatever you want," Edwards said. "It's your world, you make it what you make it."
Sefernick is proving the challenges of cerebral palsy will never be setbacks.
"Everyone knows they can do better no matter what it is, you can do better. And, I just keep pushing myself whether it be in practice or a game, just keep pushing," Sefernick said.
The Flushing boys and Brian are already close friends. They said they plan to keep in touch despite their school rivalry.