CHICAGO (CBS) — He feared he may never play ball again after a bullet passed directly through his leg. But less than two weeks after he was shot, an Orr Academy High School senior is celebrating one of his biggest plays ever.
In the Orr Academy gym Wednesday night, the basketball team hit their drills hard, all save one.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: A Sunny Start
Tyquone Greer sat out practice with good reason. His gunshot wound is still fairly fresh, just 10 days old. It happened at a neighborhood party where five others were shot.
“This could have been so much worse than what it is,” said Greer.
It’s what makes what Tyquone did Tuesday night so unbelievable.
It was late in the second quarter in what could have been the team’s season-ender and Tyquone knew it could have been his last chance.READ MORE: Hegewisch Woman Furious After Someone Pepper-Sprayed Her Dogs Through The Fence
“He just kept dragging my arm and pulling, me pulling me, saying coach put me in, put me in coach,” said Orr Academy coach Louis Adams.
So he did put in Greer, and with three seconds left, in the tied game, and Tyquone hit the game-winning three-pointer.
“My team, they put so much confidence in me. I couldn’t let them down,” said Greer.
It’s a moment now relived over and again, one that still hasn’t entirely set in.
“I mean, it’s a good feeling because I never thought I’d be the one to make that shot,” said Greer.MORE NEWS: Chauncey Spencer II Takes To The Road With Stories Of African Americans In Flight, Including A Stop In Chicago
Because he made that shot, Orr Academy now heads to the Class 3-A State Finals. Their next game is Friday and Tyquone says he’ll be happy if he gets even another few seconds on the court.