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Down Syndrome Student ‘Pretty Pumped’ After Big Game on the Court

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A junior varsity basketball player in Lame Deer, Montana, likely is still hearing "swish" after making two tremendous plays on Friday against the Northern Cheyenne Tribal High School.

Baptiste Harris, 18, a student at Lame Deer High School who has Down syndrome, entered the game in the fourth quarter for the Morning Stars with just a few seconds left. His team was leading by six, 78-72, when a teammate passed him the ball. He made the two-point field goal, and the crowd erupted in applause.

Seconds later, Harris snagged a long pass from the backcourt, and put it up for a long two-pointer at the buzzer.

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Harris after making one of his two baskets.

The Morning Stars won by 10.

“We watched the YouTube video and he’s pretty pumped,” Harris’s teacher, Cynthia Rux, told ICTMN on Monday about his excitement after the game. Rux said that Harris, who is a Northern Cheyenne tribal member, is non-verbal, but she knows “he loves shooting baskets.”

Check out the video below that was posted to YouTube.