LAS VEGAS – A teenager with a rare birth defect thought he’d only play a minute on the basketball court, but that could be changing after he made an amazing shot in the final seconds of a game.
Gabriel Hafter was shocked when his coach put him in the fourth quarter of a big game, but he made a three point shot look easy as he swished it right through the net.
“At first I didn’t think it went in, and then everyone was screaming so it was very overwhelming, but I was really happy,” Hafter said.
“I think we were all in kind of disbelief of just, oh like that happened, and then we all just rushed the court,” Hafter’s coach, Adam Greenburg, said. “It was our team and their team. We all just kind of bear hugged him.”
Gabriel has had 15 painful surgeries to correct a rare birth defect, and any blow to his face could be devastating.
Still, he practices with his basketball team and has been to every game.
With this latest taste of adrenaline, Gabriel wants more. His family is now looking into a specially molded face mask that would protect him during a game.