Jonesboro-Hodge’s jv basketball is a team united by around something so much bigger than basketball. Junior Tyreek Sly has been playing basketball since his freshman year, and quickly fell in love with the game. His teammates and coaches describe him as one of the hardest working players on the team, a heart and sole of the group. Sly lives with autism, but he has never let that be what defines him.
His courage and spirit quickly captivated his teammates and he grew to have a special role with the group. Throughout the season he would be their biggest supporter from the bench, even though he rarely got an opportunity to play. Halfway into district play, he finally got a chance on the hardwood, where something would incredible happen. With just seconds left, he would launch a three pointer from the right wing and knock it down at the buzzer.
Doing it once would be enough for anyone. Anyone but Tyreek that is.
Just four days later the Tigers were back out on the hardwood for another district game. Tied up at 25-25 with just over a minute and a half left, coach Nelson would call on Tyreek’s number one more time. With his teammates looking for him find some space down low and score the go-ahead basket which would prove to be the game winner. An incredible moment made possible by his teammates, coaches, and fans.
A special thanks to the Mansfield basketball team on giving out the most meaningful assist of the season. An incredible classy move by head coach Jimmie Davis and his team.