Two Brothers Beat All the Odds in Frenship's Last Basketball Game

15-year-old Matthew and Andrew Reyna, living with autism, have the chance of a lifetime to play.
By Anne Parker
aparker@kamc.tv

As managers of Frenship's 9th grade basket ball team, the Reyna brothers are always around.

"Anything we need, they're right there. As quick as we say it. They've got it done," says Basketball Coach Shannon Beeles.

For 15-year-olds Matthew and Andrew Reyna, who are also living with autism, basketball is a passion. It's also served as a way to cope with the loss of their dad, back on December 9th.

Their story is inspiring because despite their hardship, they still managed to make it to the game the night they found out he passed away.

"He always told me when I die, y'all still gotta do what y'all always do," says Matthew Reyna. "So that's what we did- we thought- they still have a game...we'd still like to go although we didn't have to go."

"They said no we need to be with our other family and do our jobs and take care of these guys, and we need to be here," says Coach Beeles.

They never missed a game or a practice, but the twins weren't on the court for all of that. Until Tuesday night. In the last moments of the game, the coaches gave them a shot.

"When they finally hit a shot, the place erupted," says Beeles. "This place has been packed before and so loud and I think it was louder last night."

The brothers stole the show.

"I took it up the court, took the shot, got it a nice soft touch and there it was," Matthew tells us. "It felt good but I know I needed to get back on defense."

"I had confidence I was going to make that shot," says Andrew Reyna.

Total they scored 15 points, with five three-point shots.

"I heard all our kids behind us going nuts, it was just a roar," says Beeles. "I mean there were people on the Lubbock High side up, clapping and cheering. It was really, truly awesome."

"I thought it was like winning the NBA finals," Matthew said. "I mean that's how exiting it was."

The brothers describe the night as special because it was all for their dad.

"[Dad] probably was thinking, gosh my boys are strong, and that's what we would want," says Andrew.

"I lost it on the court and I couldnt stop crying and I am wiping tears and coaching," describes Beeles. "I finally get to the locker room to talk to my parents and I lost it."

A night neither of the boys will ever forget, or the crowd who watched them beat the odds.

"It will be remembered for the rest of our lives... it will go on my graduation diploma when I do graduate."
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