Pa. Boys: Sat. Pa. boys: Special player leads Bensalem

Kevin Grow
Kevin Grow
Posted: February 10, 2014

John Mullin stood near the Bensalem bench on Saturday afternoon and placed his hands on his head.

It was all the boys' basketball coach said he could do.

The Owls team manager, Kevin Grow - an 18-year-old student who has Down syndrome - was knocking down three-pointer after three-pointer as Bensalem finished off Neshaminy, 64-40, in a Suburban One National game.

Mullin said "it felt like a movie."

Grow, in his fourth-year as manager, played his first game a night earlier, hitting a foul shot before sinking a fastbreak layup. Video of the layup spread through social media and was played on a local newscast.

By the start of Saturday's afternoon game, the gym was packed to see Grow on senior day.

He came off the bench with two minutes left and knocked down four of his five three-pointers from the top of the key. Grow finished with a game-high 14 points. His last three came just before the final buzzer, and Grow's teammates mobbed him.

"It's tough to describe. It really is," Mullin said. "It's one of those things that doesn't happen often."

Grow worked on his three-point shot during Bensalem's practices this season.

And the Owls do not end practice until Grow hits a free throw.

"He's a gift from God - he really is," Mullin said.

Also in the Suburban One:

Griffin Schmidt's 23 points powered host Pennridge past Quakertown, 64-53. Brian Rejniak and Jake Perrine each added eight points.

Cameron Jones scored 20 points and Steve Ciotti finished with 16 points to propel Pennsbury past visiting Council Rock North, 73-47.

Catholic. Rashann London scored 16 points to inch closer to 1,000 for his career, and Roman Catholic eased past Cardinal O'Hara, 80-48.

The senior guard bound for Drexel has 996 career points.

Ches-Mont. Cary Angeline knocked down two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to give Downingtown East a 59-57 win at West Chester East. The sophomore forward scored 29 points, and his brother, Ryley, added 13.

Mikal Bridges' 12 points and Blake McGlond's 17 led Great Valley past visiting Unionville, 59-40.

Prime Time Shootout. Conrad Chambers' late bucket gave Chester a one-point lead, but the Clippers fell to Lakewood, 56-55, at Trenton Catholic.

Chambers put Chester ahead, 55-54, before Naquese Joshua's winner with seven seconds left.

The Clippers shot 18 for 19 from the free-throw line.

Bicentennial. Sam Bair scored 25 points, Jon Boback added 20, and Calvary Christian pulled away from host Delco Christian, 80-68, in overtime. The visitors shot 9 for 9 from the foul line in OT.

Mike McKenna nailed six of Devon Prep's 11 three-pointers in a 61-49 victory at New Hope-Solebury.

Nonleague. Justin Aardman poured in 18 points to send host Methacton past North Penn, 63-52.


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