NKY high school student beloved by his teammates makes his first basket at a senior night


[Note: The lower graphic in the video mistakenly says “Rhyle” high school. We regret the error.]

UNION, Ky. (WXIX) — It was a special night for seniors on the hardwood at Ryle High School Monday night as a team member who had never scored earned his first bucket.

Senior Isaac Eibel is a student coach for Ryle High School’s men’s basketball team. He also has Down syndrome.

“He’s not letting that hold him back from anything,” head coach Keaton Belcher said.

Isaac’s teammates see to that, including fellow senior Donovan Robinson.

“Isaac still has energy,” Robinson remarked. “He loves being with guys. We love being around him.

Said Isaac of his teammates, “They always have my back.”

That was especially true Monday night, when Isaac was in the starting lineup and made the first shot against Trimble County.

“He’s been waiting for this for as long as he’s been here,” Robinson said before the game.

Kelly Eibel, Isaac’s mother, was in the crowd to watch him make the basket.

“I’m just grateful that he had such a great experience,” she said.

For Isaac, it was all the more special because it happened with this team on this pitch.

“My teammates, they’ve always been there for me,” he said. “They help me a lot.

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