Cameron Power spent most of last week’s basketball game sitting on the sidelines, watching his team, the Mobile High Monarchs, march to what seemed like an inevitably brutal loss to the Holy Spirit High Falcons.
“We were down 17 points,” Power remembers. With the game almost over, the coaches turned to Power, offering the rookie a chance on the field.
“They said, ‘Let’s see what you can do.'”
Power was injected into the match with only about three minutes left on the clock. The Mobile High student — who played basketball for a while but never made a school team — happily positioned himself as a backup shooting guard, hoping to finish with a bang.
But he would eventually become the most exciting player in the game.
Almost immediately, Power found himself wide open at the point, collecting a “super pass” from his teammate. He shot, scoring to a chorus of cheers. “It was great to see the first one go down,” he said.
With the Monarchs down by just 14 points, Power shot from the wing again: whoosh.
The crowd went wild, this time with the opposing team joining in the cheers.
But his streak wasn’t over yet.
“Since I had the hot hand, they kept making passes to me,” Power said. His third field goal attempt gave the Monarchs another three points.
With only seconds to spare, Power retrieved the ball and ran with it down the court, putting it in the air just as the buzzer sounded.
As the net whistled, Power found himself buried under bodies, surrounded by noisy members – from both teams – jumping around him.
Amid ongoing discussions about misconduct in youth sports, and just weeks after Hockey NL’s controversial (and ultimately overturned) decision to ban post-match handshakesPower says friendly competition still thrives among kids.
“When you both respect each other, you will demonstrate great sportsmanship,” he said.
Despite the Monarchs’ three-point loss, Power said he felt overwhelmed by the support from all sides – but without any pressure to repeat those three minutes of glory.
“I don’t think they expect me to do that every game,” he said.