John Glenn Basketball player remembered at first game of the season

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PLYMOUTH, Ind. (WNDU) - The energetic, loud and vivid basketball arena paused.

"We would like to take a moment of silence to remember number 5's life," the announcer said.

Not a squeak from the crowd as they remembered Zac Mago, a fallen teammate.

"I just think about him every day," teammate Nick Frankiewicz said. "But today, it just hits home a little bit harder."

But then, it was back to the action, because Zac loved basketball with every fiber of his being, according to his friends.

"You could definitely find him in the gym if you were ever looking for him," Teammate Gabe Weiss said.

"It was always some form of basketball, whether it's Nerf basketball or just full-size basketball, it was always basketball, 100 percent," Frankiewicz said.

Even though it's been months, it's still a fresh wound, not just for his basketball family but especially his blood family.

"I talked to his mom this morning," varsity coach Travis Hannah said. "She even made the comment that she wasn't looking forward to this even more than she wasn't looking forward to the upcoming holidays. So, it's going to be difficult, no doubt. But that's the nice thing about smaller communities, I think, is that she knows she has a lot of support and a lot of people that she can lean on."

The entire community is a team, just like the one Zac had and who he was there for.

"He just, he gave a great vibe to everybody," teammate Evan Dreibelbeis said. "He was always a great guy and he was always looking out for you."

So, to remember Zac and build that community up, what better thing is there to do than play some ball?

"He just, he always wanted us to give our best effort," Weiss said. "So, tonight, I think that's what we're going to do."

A portion of pop shop funds from the game went toward the Zac Mago Memorial Fund.