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For an outsider looking in, the box score from the West Holmes boys basketball team's 57-50 win over host Wooster was typical of hundreds of games played across Ohio Friday night.
A pair of league rivals squared off in a hotly contested game in which neither team shot exceptionally well or even had a player top 15 points.
However, what happened before, during and after the contest was an extraordinary display of courage by West Holmes' 6-foot-6 senior Donnie Dowling and an incredible show of support from the Knights' team, community and even the host Generals.
The box score shows Dowling scored five points off the bench and grabbed three rebounds.
How Dowling was able to play after the tragedy he and his family endured the day before was nothing short of remarkable -- and something neither he nor those in attendance are likely to ever forget.
Just 48 hours earlier, a car Dowling was driving skidded off a snow-covered back road and crashed on the way to school, killing his 12-year-old brother, Lane Clabough.
Dowling, who walked away from the accident unhurt, explained the decision to play in a game that was preceded by a standing ovation for him from everyone in the gym during player introductions and a moment of silence for Lane.
"I went outside yesterday to get away from everybody and shot hoops," said Dowling, whose brother was a member of West Holmes Middle School's seventh-grade team. "I looked up in the sky and said, 'What do you want me to do, Bubba? Do you want me to play (Friday)?' Just then the wind picked up real hard, so I went in and told my mom and step-dad (Tish and Fred Clabough) and talked to them about it and said I wanted to play. Then I told my coach (Jim Lindeman) I wanted to play. I thought about it all day today and I knew when game-time came I'd be focused and play in honor of Lane."
Although many people were predictably and correctly saying that Lane's death was an example of how athletics pawle in comparison to life, a simple sporting event wound up being a heartfelt tribute.
Hundreds of West Holmes fans were wearing pink shirts with Lane's name -- the outgoing youth used to sometimes wear pink, not exactly a boyish color, to be funny -- and all the Knights' players and coaches wore blue shirts with Lane's name and No. 33 on them.
After a pregame in which everyone's hearts had to feel like they were in their throats, and countless people fought back tears, including Lindeman, the Knights (12-4, 8-2 Ohio Cardinal Conference) quickly fell behind 5-0.
West Holmes suddenly flipped a switch with an 8-0 run that took just 1 minute, taking the lead for good after a 3-pointer from Michael DeWitt (game-high 15 points), steal and layup by Grant Hay and another 3 from Dewitt.
"It's a great honor to be able to be there for Donnie and to have such a great community that's there for him," DeWitt said. "It shows how much we support him and how much we love him."
Dowling wound up making more than just a token appearance. After entering the game, he grabbed two quick rebounds and scored a layup on a nice feed from Brady Arnold to help his team lead 15-8 after one quarter.
Wooster (8-7, 4-5) cut the West Holmes lead to 24-21 at the half after a 3-pointer from Mason Tomblin (team-high 13 points).
"We knew there would be a ton of emotion," said Lindeman, who commended both the West Holmes and Wooster communities for their support. "Sometimes that can be a good thing, sometimes it can be a bad thing.
"I think it showed in the offense early as we missed a ton of layups. But we played with a ton of energy on defense and were able to make some big plays in the second half. I'm so proud of our team and I said to our guys these are special times when you can rally around a brother. It is just a game, but for that couple of hours it allows people to have some normalcy in a real hard time."
The Generals continued to stay close as Tomblin connected for two more treys, the latter of which cut the score to 36-33 late in the third quarter.
Dowling took a nice feed from Gabe Snyder with 15.6 seconds left in the third quarter, though, and turned it into an old-fashioned three-point play to close the period with the Knights up 39-35.
West Holmes pushed the lead out to double digits in the fourth quarter, helped by big buckets from Josh Neer (10 points), Arnold (10 points, 4 assists), Brock Macaulay (eight points) and Gabe Snyder (seven points, eight rebounds). Snyder became the school's career rebounding leader in the game, while Macaulay put the exclamation point on the win with a two-handed slam dunk with 28 seconds left.
Wooster was in the game until committing several miscues down the stretch.
"We're upset with the loss, but when you put things into perspective with what's happened to Donnie and his family, obviously that's an awful thing for anyone to have to go through," Wooster coach Craig Martin said. "We were happy to support them any way we could."
Obviously, the Generals still wanted to go out and play well, but their execution was lacking on offense, Martin said.
"We had some poor shot selections, but bottom line when it came down to finishing shots we did not do a good job, "Martin said. "It wasn't like it was just post or guard misses, we had lots of opportunities for both. If we finish on half those shots it's a tie game, or we're up going down to the end."
Adam O'Brien backed Tomblin with eight points, while Marquise Blair had six points for Wooster. Cam Daughtery, one of five Wooster players with four points, led the team with seven rebounds.
After the game more emotions flowed out for the Knights, who wore black bands on their jerseys and wrote "ripLC" on their shoes.
"I just feel so bad for the kids," Lindeman said. "I'm very close with Donnie. Lane was a ball boy for us last year and he was a student of mine this year and future player.
"He sat in the front row of my (seventh-grade) world history class every day and he just had an infectious attitude. He was someone who always made you laugh and was a pleasure to be around."
Dowling pointed to the sky after the final whistle and said these words to his brother: "That was for you, Bubba, and I love you."