KEWANEE — The highlight in Wednesday’s varsity game between Princeton and Kewanee for some may have been in the final seconds, when Boilermaker coach Lewis brought in junior Gage Williams, a member of the team with special needs, who made no effort to hide his excitement of being on the court.
When the Tigers inbounded the ball, Beck Robbins, instead of passing down court to his teammates, tossed it to Williams for him to make a layup and score to the cheers of all in the stands.
PHS coach Kevin Howard praised Robbins for making that gesture all on his own.
The Tigers inbounded the ball again, and once more it was passed to Williams, who got in another layup and received another ovation.
The sportsmanship was not lost on the Kewanee bench.
“I talked to him (Robbins) in the handshake line,” Lewis said. “What an unbelievable gesture. I can’t say enough about him for doing that.
“Gage is not only a ‘crowd favorite,’ he’s a ‘school favorite.’ He’s at practice every day, works hard every day, and for him to receive that kind of gesture, that’s fun, fun stuff.”