LOS ANGELES, Calif. (WANE) – Austin Hatch picked up right where he left off in his return to competitive basketball on Wednesday night, as the Fort Wayne native buried a three in his first shot attempt in two and a half years.
Now a senior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, Hatch nailed the triple after being inserted in the fourth quarter of an 87-59 Loyola win over Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.
Austin Amendola, Loyola’s team manager, captured the moment on his cell phone.
After the game, Hatch commented on Twitter: “As I said after the game, my three was pretty cool, but, more importantly, we’re now 14-0.”
He added: “Tonight reaffirmed the truth of Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love Him.”
WANE sports director Glenn Marini spoke with Loyola head coach Jamal Adams on Thursday by phone.
Hatch has survived two plane crashes in his life, the latest coming in the summer of 2011.
Hatch moved from Fort Wayne to Los Angeles for his senior year of high school. In November he signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Michigan.