Former Manual Star Shines in NCAA Tournament

Published 03/21 2014 05:54PM

Updated 03/21 2014 06:10PM

PEORIA - A former Peoria Manual basketball star hit the biggest shot of the NCAA tournament's opening day.

A late three-pointer from Lawerence Alexander helped his team pull off a huge upset.

Wmbd's ryan piers gives us the reaction from his proud high school coach.

Lawerence Alexander is known for hitting big shots.

“I can say that I've seen him make those last second shot over  and over again. And that's the thing you can't teach,” said Manual Head Coach Derrick Booth.

Booth coached Alexander while played for the Rams.

Alexander, a 2010 Manual graduate was an All-Stater in high school.

He then spent one year playing college-prep ball before staring for the North Dakota State Bison.

Guys like Lawerence Alexander just don't come around every four years. I wish they did. He is just a special kid, that's a great kid and deserves all the success that he gets,” said Coach Booth.

Staying true to his roots, Alexander gave his former coach a call on Friday morning.

“I just told Lawerence to keep having fun. Because that was one of the things that i was more excited about last night was not only him hitting the shot, but the emotion after the game. I just told him to keep having fun and cherish the moment,” said Booth.

Lawerence wasn't the first, and won't be the last great player to come out Manual.

For now he is carrying on the legacy

“It's a tribute to manual as a whole. Not only the tradition of Manual, but carrying on the tradition of Manual that generates players that are capable at carrying at a high level.”

Alexander and North Dakota State play San Diego State at 5pm on Saturday.

They will be the underdogs in that game as well. 

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