You must be wondering who is Austin Hatch and why is everyone suddenly talking about him. It is not just because the he is the 6’6” Loyola High School Basketball player who hit a 3-ponter in his first game after nearly three years.
It is everything that led up to that moment in the fourth quarter of the game on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
19-year-old Austin Hatch, is the survivor of two eight years apart airplane crashes, the crashes which claimed five members of his family.
The members include his mother, his 5-year-old brother and his 11-year-old sister who died in the first crash.
Then in 2011 in the second crash, he lost his father (pilot of both the flights) and his stepmother. He was also seriously injured in the second crash. He had to be put in a medically induced coma for two months.
During the match when he hit his three pointer, Coach Jamal Adams and Hatch’s teammates stormed the court and Loyola was charged with a technical foul.
Coach Adams later told Los Angeles Times that it was the best technical foul he has ever been part of. Loyola won the match 87-59.
The coach also stated that all that the kid has gone through and all the hard work he has put, is unbelievable. He further added that the kid has taught him that no matter what, you can come back from anything.
Hatch suffered serious head injuries in the second crash and also suffered from broken ribs, a broken collarbone and a punctured lung.
He had to relearn how to walk and talk. In August he decided to move from his For Wayne home in Indiana to Los Angeles to live with his uncle and practiced with the team all fall.