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Boy with autism shoots and scores, thanks to the other team

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SANTA CLARITA, CA (WXOW) -- Forget March Madness. This is the only basketball story you'll need to hear this month.

Two high school teams in California faced off in the CIF-Southern Section Division VI title game on Saturday, but only one of the teams, the Trinity Knights, had a secret weapon.

His name is Beau Howell. He's a freshman, who has autism, and has become a source of inspiration for the team and its fans.

In the big game, the Knights were crushing their Desert Chapel High opponents 75 to 52 with less than a minute to play. So the Trinity coach brings Beau off the bench and the crowd starts to cheer. It was the tenth time Beau got in the game, but he still hadn't scored any points.

So with 40 seconds left of the clock, his teammates give him the ball and he misses the shot. Desert Chapel rebounds, but instead of a fast break, the team calls a timeout and does something amazing.

When the game starts again, the opposing team gives Beau the ball and let's him take a few more shots. Eventually he sinks it and the crowd goes wild.

One of the Desert Chapel players confessed they didn't realize Beau had autism, they just wanted to get him in the game. He said when it was clear they were going to lose, the team figured they could still be winners by being good sports.
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