Plane crash-surviver Austin Hatch hits 3-pointer

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Pasadena Loyola High School senior Austin Hatch, left, thanks basketball trainer Rasheed Hazzard, after a news confence Nov. 20, 2013. / Associated Press

(Detroit Free Press) -- Austin Hatch, the Michigan basketball recruit who has survived two plane crashes that killed members of his immediate family, played his first game for Pasadena Loyola High School on Wednesday night and promptly made a three-pointer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

His excited coach and teammates rushed the court after the shot early in the fourth quarter, resulting in a technical foul.

"He hit a three, and our bench erupted," Loyola coach Jamal Adams told the Times. "It was unbelievable what that kid has gone through and how hard he's worked. That kid has taught me you can come back from anything, that nothing is impossible. It was a spiritual moment."

Hatch verbally committed to Michigan in June 2011 but was in a plane that crashed near Charlevoix days later. His father, who was the pilot, and his stepmother were killed. His mother and two siblings died in a plane crash he survived eight years earlier.

A star in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Hatch missed the last two basketball seasons while recovering from his injuries. He moved to California and signed his national letter of intent with U-M this fall. He plans to join the team next season, though his role is unclear.

After the game, Hatch tweeted: "Tonight reaffirmed the truth of Romans 8:28. ‘And we know that all things work together for good for those who love Him.. #faith"

Here is the video of Hatch's shot:

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