Why NorthWood is playing through tragedy

Elkhart's Malachi Emmons (25)  works against  Gary Westside in a boys regional semifinal game Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Michigan City High School. Emmons returns to play for Concord this season after spending a year at Elkhart.

Malachi Emmons woke up to his phone blowing up with texts about this biggest play of his high school basketball career.

Everybody at school the next day couldn’t stop talking about it with him either.

“Honestly the next day I think I watched that video in like two or three classes,” Emmons said. “The teacher brought it up on the board.”

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The video in question was of Emmons’ right-wing, 28-foot, game-winning heave at the buzzer which helped Concord defeat South Bend Saint Joseph, 56-53 last Tuesday night, and was featured as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter’s Top-10 plays of the night.

Thousands across the country have seen the play, either live on television or on social media. And Emmons, a senior guard, is soaking in all his time in the spotlight.