Austistic teen sinks six three-pointers in high school game



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Posted on February 7, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 7 at 8:22 PM

A San Antonio high school student is celebrating both a triumph on the basketball court, and over his disability.

Joe Garcia is a freshman at Sidney Lanier High School. He also has autism, but that didn’t stop him from scoring a total of six three-point shots at a game Tuesday night.

“He’s played in several games this year, but hasn’t made a shot," said his coach, Ismael Maldonado. "Before yesterday, he was probably 0-for-30, 0-for-35.”

That record changed when Joe hit his first three pointer, which was immediately followed by five more.

“It felt like a great turnaround for me when I scored those 18 points,” Garcia said.

He said a lot of people don’t know that he has autism, and he has never used it as an excuse.

“I could do other things that other people can do, so it doesn’t matter if I have a disability or not," Garcia said. "So other people shouldn’t worry about having a disability.”