Scotty Lubkeman has been around the Golden High School basketball team since he was five or six, coaches really can’t remember, but they say he is a natural ‘gym-rat’ of sorts and can really shoot the rock.
“There is just something about Scotty,” says coach John Anderson. “We treat him just like any of the guys on the team, no special treatment, and he works hard on his game with the rest of the team every day.”
Steve Lubkeman, Scotty’s dad, says this is his second son—Brad being the first—to play on the varsity team for Golden. Being on the team, he says, has been positive for both his son and the entire team.
“This kid is special and has a very neat effect on other kids he is around,” Steve said. “We used to practice in the driveway with Scotty, just like other families do with their kids.”
The team embraces Scotty and has learned how to be much more accepting of not only each other but everyone they come in contact with.
“We love Scotty,” said senior Nolan Holmes. “We have been teammates since our freshman year, so we have really grown up together. The biggest thing for us is he can really shoot the ball, so we we’re glad he got in a varsity game and hit the big three-pointer.”
The team was playing Saturday night against D’Evelyn when with four seconds on the clock and the ball at the far end of the court for a free throw, a chance to get Scotty into the game came up.
Coach Anderson put Scott in the game and with the best ‘slow trigger finger on the clock … in the best Boston Celtics tradition, Scotty’s teammates pushed the ball up court and sent a pass to the shooter, who squared up and fired a bank shot in from behind the arc.
While he didn’t call bank … man, it didn’t matter one bit. Scotty was in the record book … a trey that had fans of both teams jumping for joy for the boy with Down Syndrome who fired one in from downtown!
Watch it happen in the video and you’ll jump for joy, too.