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Austin Hatch scores his first points in almost three years, crowd erupts (with video)

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Former Canterbury standout buries a three-pointer on first shot

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 6:33 am

Former Canterbury standout Austin Hatch made his return to the basketball court a memorable one on Wednesday night.

In his first high school game in over two-and-a-half years, Hatch buried his first shot he took for Loyola High School (Calif.), a three-pointer that sent players and fans into a frenzy.

Hatch supporters poured onto the court, where a technical foul was eventually called during the pandemonium.

Hatch's team won the game over host Sherman Oaks Notre Dame by a score of 87-59, the bigger story in Hatch's opinion.

“As I said after the game, the three was pretty cool,” said Hatch via Twitter. “But, more importantly, we're now 14-0.”

Hatch moved from Fort Wayne to Los Angeles to live with uncle, aunt and cousins and continue his prep playing career before heading to Michigan next season to play for Coach John Beilein and the Wolverines.

While the celebration was huge in Los Angeles, there are plenty of people connected to Hatch in Indiana that are just as happy about Wednesday's excitement.

“(Hatch) said, 'I can't imagine how good it's going to feel to get those first points (in an official game),'” Canterbury boys' basketball coach Scott Kreiger told The News-Sentinel in November. “I told him, 'I can't imagine, either, but I bet there's going to be a whole lot of people who feel just about as good as you do when it happens.'”