Diego Castellot – 12 Sports Athlete of the Week

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MARATHON (WBNG) – The Marathon Olympians have started the season a strong 6-0, but very well could be 5-1 if not for the heroics of junior Diego Castellot.

“He has been around for four years, we moved him up as an 8th grader and he has kind of been a gym rat, he is in the gym all the time,” said Marathon head coach Jim Holland.

Marathon found themselves trailing Oxford by three with 1.7 seconds on the clock and the entire length of the court to go.

“Our assistant coach drew up a play, and we just ran it perfectly,” said Marthon Junior Diego Castellot.

“It is called valparaiso, he draws it up and he just kind of looked at me and said we need one and I said it is miracle time,” said Holland.

Castellot hit a 40 foot shot to send the game into overtime, where Marathon would finish off a seven point victory.

“Probably one out of a million would go and it did,” said Holland.

“I knew I just had to get a shot up before time ran out and I just chucked it up there.” “I was in a little disbelief but once the crowd erupted I knew it was real,” said Castellot.

This isn’t the first time it has happened either. In a game earlier this season, Castellot hit the same shot before halftime.

“It usually just comes in the moment and I practice some long shots but nothing like that,” said Castellot.

Holland said Castellot likes to leave it all on the floor.

“He does not speak even on the soccer floor, or when he was on the soccer team.”  “He is a good athlete, he does a great job and he just knows the game and has a feel for it,” said Holland.

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