A moment of silence was held before the girls game. The crowd even stood at halftime of the boys game for nearly five minutes, holding three fingers in the air before the Bulldogs finished off a 58-27 victory.
“He meant so much to everybody in this gym, that was just natural,” Cement senior captain Talon Reynolds said after helping present game balls to Martin's parents. “He impacted our lives too much not to give him that respect.”
The respect filtered in from athletes in the nearby communities of Fletcher and Cyril. They attended the games Thursday night, and all hugged Martin's family.
For the small town in southwest Oklahoma, this started the healing process. But more importantly, the love for Martin was put on display.
“That's what Seth means to these people,” Cement boys basketball coach Michael Wynne said. “This is not fake. None of this was fake. These kids and these grown-ups and these kids from other schools, everyone in this gym knew Seth Martin and loved him like a brother or their own son. It's just unbelievable.”