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Boys' basketball: A happy comeback story for Valencia's Chibuzo Ikonte

In 2013, as a sophomore, basketball player Chibuzo Ikonte of Valencia collapsed in the gym during a practice and received emergency heart defibrillation from students enrolled in a sports medicine program.

The 6-foot-7 Ikonte has been working to receive doctor's clearance ever since to return to the sport.

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On Tuesday night, in his first game since 2013, he scored 24 points in Valencia's 67-65 win over Canyon Country Canyon.

“It’s been over two and a half years,” Ikonte told The Signal. “Sometimes I felt like giving up but I just kept my faith. Just the chance to get cleared and play, all the glory to God.”

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