OWASSO -- The O'rena was bursting at the seams Tuesday night, all waiting to see Owasso High School boys basketball manager Nathan Mitcham play his first-ever basketball game.
Mitcham, a special needs student, behind a Twitter campaign called "#dressNathanout," entered the game with 3:23 left during Tuesday's home game against Sand Springs, and promptly hit a runner in the lane and nailed two 3-pointers to finish with 8 points in the 75-55 victory.
Fans arrived as early as 3 p.m. to guarantee their seat for the game. Mitcham's story reached many celebrities around the country in just a few days, and he got encouragement from people such as Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, country music stars Blake Shelton, Toby Keith and Carrie Underwood, and even Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.
"Few things live up to the hype, and that was one of them," Owasso head coach Mark Vancuren said. "When he got in the game and he was able to hit two threes and a two, seriously, you can't write the script any better than that."
The Rams opened the game on a 15-0 run, and led 63-39 after three quarters.
Sand Springs cut the lead to 63-46 with 6:21 left in the game, but it didn't stop Mitcham from entering the game to the approving roar of the capacity crowd.
A few missed shots was just a warm-up for Mitcham, who then caught fire, bouncing in an 8-footer in the lane before busting two bombs from the left corner, causing an ear-crackling eruption from the fans.
"Tonight was a good night for me," Mitcham said.
Jaylen Lowe had 20 points and Shake Milton had 17 for the Rams (18-3).
The Lady Rams also had a good night, dominating the Lady Sandites 69-30.
Kylie Penning had 14 and Taylor Koelsch added 12 in the rout.
Owasso (8-13) led 32-14 at the half, and never allowed Sand Springs to reach double digits in any quarter.
Owasso will now host Broken Arrow for Senior Night on Friday, Feb. 15. Girls begin at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.