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Teen shot in head is back to playing basketball after more than a year in recovery

Last year, a Chicago Public Schools honor student was shot in the head and has since made an unbelievable comeback Tuesday night. Damari Hendrix is back on the basketball court this week for the first time since a random shooting nearly took his life.

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According to WGN, Hendrix had to go through surgery three times and spent four days in a medically induced coma. He also was forced to learn to walk and talk again. But now he’s running, and his coach says he’s also redefining what’s possible.

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“Watching them practice, it’s impossible to believe that not long ago, one of these young men lay dying from a gunshot wound to the head,” Brian Rose, Hendrix’s coach, said. Last Labor Day weekend in a park near his home, Hendrix came close to his life ending.

“We just heard ‘shooter,’ and everybody got up running and stuff and I didn’t know I was shot until later on, I was running, my body started shutting down and stuff. I couldn’t see, walk, talk, run no more,” he said.

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Hendrix came back on the court with his teammates at Foreman High School for the first time in 14 months – and all he can do is grin. Hendrix is still working on some fine motor skills but you wouldn’t know by watching him practice – dunking a couple of times.

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“I get a second chance at life. I thought I wasn’t going to make it,” he said. “Up. I only want to go up, get better and better every day.”

Coach suspended after 161-2 rout

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You may expect a coach to be suspended for losing too many games. But what about when his team wins one?

That's exactly what happened to the head coach of a high school girls basketball team in California after they beat the other team 161-2.  

That is not a typo.  The Arroyo Valley High School girl's basketball team beat Bloomington High School  by nearly 160 points the Sporting News reported.

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But despite putting the bench in, they still scored and handily beat their opponents. 

That's where the suspension comes in.  According to the local newspaper, Arroyo Valley's school board suspended Michael Anderson for two games .

The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reported Anderson played the starters for the first half and they scored an average of 13 points a minute, or 104 points in the first 16-minute half.

Some say putting the bench in the second half was too little too late.  The Daily Bulletin said Anderson should have slowed the game once it became obvious that the other team was no match.  They did report that Anderson imposed a 23-second wait on shots for his team. 

Another coach suggested in a Daily Bulletin story, that Anderson should have followed his lead when a score is one-sided and let the other side score and change the way the team played further, going so far as to not block a shot or steal the ball.  

As for the team, they handily beat their opponents in the first game of Anderson's suspension.  Arroyo Valley beat Indian Springs 80-19 Wednesday night.  Anderson will return courtside on Monday.

High School Hoops Showcase at BOK Center

HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS SHOWCASE COMING TO BOK CENTER

WHAT: High School Hoops Showcase

WHERE: BOK Center

WHEN: Saturday, January 18, 2014

ON SALE: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 10am

TICKETS: $10 General Admission Seating (additional fees may apply)

TICKET INFO: Available online at www.bokcenter.com, Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also available through the schools playing in the showcase.

 

SMG Special Events and the BOK Center are proud to present the 2014 High School Hoops Showcase January 18, 2014 at the BOK Center. The first year event features 16 of the best high school teams from the Tulsa Metro area playing in a total of eight games, four boys and four girls games, all in one day in downtown Tulsa.

During the past five years, the BOK Center has hosted some of the top names in professional and collegiate basketball. The inaugural High School Hoops Showcase continues this tradition of basketball excellence by allowing local student-athletes the opportunity to display their competitive talents in a world-class sports venue that features state-of-the-art video boards, seating, locker room facilities and more.

“We recognize the importance of the BOK Center to the community and strive to create events that make the facility accessible to all,” said SMG General Manager John Bolton. “The High School Hoops Showcase will be an exciting opportunity for the players, their families and community supporters to enjoy the BOK Center while cheering on these student-athletes in a professional sports atmosphere.”

Gil Cloud, Director of Secondary Schools Athletics and Activities, added: “We are pleased to partner with the BOK Center and SMG in the promotion of high school basketball with this outstanding event. On behalf of TPS Athletics and all of the participating schools we are honored to be invited to participate in the first ever high school basketball games to be played at the BOK Center.”

General Admission tickets to the showcase are $10, which includes admission to all eight games, and go on sale NOW at www.bokcenter.com , the Arby’s Box Office, all ticket outlets or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Participating schools also have the opportunity to sell tickets, with a portion of the sales going to the school’s athletic department. For additional information, visit bokcenter.com.

 

Showcase Schedule – All Games Played January 18

9:00am Edison Girls (Home) vs. Memorial Girls

10:30am Coweta Boys (Home) vs. Pryor Boys

12:00pm Tahlequah-Sequoya Girls (Home) vs. Jay Girls

1:30pm Union Boys (Home) vs. Broken Arrow Boys

3:00pm Broken Arrow Girls (Home) vs. Union Girls

4:30pm Booker T. Washington Boys (Home) vs. Edison Boys

6:00pm Booker T. Washington Girls (Home) vs. East Central Girls (televised “Ford Game of the Week”)

7:30pm Victory Christian Boys (Home) vs. Memorial Boys (televised “Ford Game of the Week”)

 

The final two games of the showcase will be televised live on Cox Channel HD 703 and Channel 3 in Tulsa as the “Ford Game of the Week.”

The SMG Special Events department was created shortly after the opening of the BOK Center with the goal of producing events and festivals that appeal to multiple demographics, provide high-quality yet affordable entertainment while enhancing the community spirit and revitalization taking place in downtown Tulsa. SMG Special Events produces numerous events throughout the year including: Arvest Winterfest, Rock ‘n Rib Festival, Dodgebrawl, OK! Play and the Literature Live Theatre Series. SMG Special Events welcomes more than 200,000 visitors to downtown Tulsa annually.

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