(AP) Plane crash survivor Hatch scores in comeback
Two-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch hit a 3-pointer on his first shot in his first basketball game in nearly three years.
Hatch scored in the fourth quarter Wednesday night for Los Angeles’ Loyola High School, where he enrolled this season. Hatch is headed to the University of Michigan next season.
Hatch survived two crashes eight years apart, including a 2011 crash that severely injured him and killed his father and stepmother. Hatch’s mother, brother and sister were killed in the first crash.
Hatch’s teammates stormed the court after his basket at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, earning a technical foul. Loyola still won 87-59.
The 6-foot-6 Hatch grew up in Fort Wayne, Ind., but has lived with his uncle in Southern California since August. He waited until 14 games into Loyola’s season to play his first game since the second crash, not wanting to participate until he was ready to be a contributor.
Michigan coach John Beilein has said he’ll honor Hatch’s scholarship with the Wolverines in whatever role Hatch can play. Hatch verbally committed to Michigan 10 days before the 2011 crash, which left him in a coma for eight weeks with a traumatic brain injury.