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Not always. Against St. Mary's, Justin scores his team's first 11 points, including two three-pointers. His third bucket is a layup off an alley-oop pass. The crowd goes wild.
Behind Justin's 27 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks, the Mustangs rout St. Mary's 74-52. This being Friday night, Justin and two carloads of friends take in a postgame movie, Awakenings, which reduces the Parade magazine and SuperPrep football All-America to tears. During the drive home, Justin, still sniffling, attempts to explain that he is not usually this emotional.
"What about Beaches? What about Steel Magnolias?" says Necole. "You cried at both of those. You cry at store openings."
Eager to change the subject, Justin blurts, "How about that behind-the-back pass Robby threw to James? Was that sweet or what?"
It was sweet. It was also virtually the only one of the game's highlights in which Justin did not figure. So it follows that it is the only one he will talk about.
The final word on Justin is reserved for Rykovich, the single-wing specialist. "I feel pretty doggone good that we've got people in this country the caliber of Justin," he says. "You've got to figure that somewhere out there, there are others like him. They will provide the leadership we're going to need."
Gross but true.