PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (WTXF) - It was an unbelievable half court shot at the 76ers game over the weekend. The crowd roared when a fan made a winning shot with just three seconds to spare. The teen behind the half-court line had quite a year. When the 76ers heard his story, they knew they had to do something special.
17-year-old Mike Shelly won a half-court shooting contest at Saturday's 76ers game. The challenge, which was sponsored by Chick-fil-A, gave Michael 45 seconds to make a layup, a free throw, 3-pointer and the half-court shot. The prize? Chick-fil-A biscuits for the whole arena.
"Ben Simmons told me I had a nice shot, so that's pretty cool," Shelly said.
The 76ers invited Michael, a senior at Marple Newtown High School, back Monday to ring the ceremonial pre-game bell.
Saturday's challenge made him an overnight sensation. After the winning shot, Mike revealed to 76ers staff why this meant so much to him. He's a cancer survivor and lost his brother Andrew in a car crash three months ago.
"After what I've been through stuff like that--that's not a worry to me it' s a blessing," he said.
The 76ers and Chick-fil-A invited Mike, his mom, dad and sister Amanda to sit courtside Monday. They are also flying him to Atlanta with the team in March to face the Hawks.
"This is something for us to be thankful for and to see how happy my son is and everybody rallying around him. Just means the world to him and just gives us hope and I know he has a Guardian Angel on his shoulder. Hs brother Andrew is with him," his mom, Melissa Shelly, said.