Las Plumas basketball team honors fallen teammate

Feb 17, 2016 8:44 PM by Ross Field

Cameron Sabatino would have been a senior on the Las Plumas boys basketball team this season, but he passed away last year in a car accident. However, members of the Thunderbirds squad are ensuring his legacy remains a part of the program forever. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.

We're told that life is a gift, but one day it can all change. Oroville's Cameron Sabatino lost his life. A standout basketball at Las Plumas High School, Sabatino was killed in a car accident last May.

"Words can't put in how much we miss him, it's tough," said Chris Sabatino, Cameron's dad.

"He's really someone to remember, he really is," said Marcus Lee, Las Plumas basketball player.

"I miss him so much, especially on the courtt just playing basketball with and everything, just making memories," said Kyle Saechao, Las Plumas basketball player.

Although Sabatino is gone he is not forgotten. His teammates and friends are making sure of that. Last Thursday on Senior night, the school dedicated this bench in his memory. It sits outside the gym for everyone to see.

"It's something special to us you know because it is about Cameron," said Markelle Sabatino, Cameron's stepmom.

It's not just the bench, the team has found other ways to honor Sabatino's memory.

"We've made T-shirts, bracelets and we have our shoes with his name, his number and we have a hashtag 'Cam will live on' with the number 11," said Saechao.

Despite not playing a single minute on the court, teammates say Cameron has played a role of inspiration in helping them this year.

"We're doing really good this season and I know he's trying to root us on even though he wishes he could be here," added Lee.

"That's our angel on the court, I know he's watching us following through on the journey with us," said Saechao.

Cameron Sabatino is truly missed, a loss that's rocked family, friends and the Oroville community, but they're doing their part to make sure his legacy carries on forever.

"It's hard but the love we feel through the community is what's helped," concluded Chris Sabatino.

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