Thursday, December 11, 2014

Former Morehead State Guard Marsell Holden Overcomes Adversity to Get Back on the Court for Angelo State

Former Morehead State guard Marsell Holden has fought through adversity off the court so that he can now finish up his college career on the court.

Holden, one of the top shooters on Morehead State's 2011-12 team, is now at NCAA Division II program Angelo State.

Wes Bloomquist of The Herald in Sharon, Pennsylvania writes about what Holden has been through since his season at Morehead State:

Marsell Holden scrolls through his phone looking at images of his son and mother for motivation.

His son, born 2 months premature, is now 1 and is a daily inspiration. His mom, who battled cancer, completed chemotherapy treatment two years ago and is a reverend living cancer-free. Marsell, out of school and away from basketball for two years, witnessed and supported them through their fight for life and is back on the court playing with a purpose as a starter for the No. 16-ranked Angelo State Rams.

Tough times pass. Tough people last.

"My boy and mom inspire me every day to fight through being tired or giving into those things that are not going my way," Holden said. "I talk to them and look at their pictures and remember the journey to where we are at right now. God took us on that journey for a reason and never left us. That gives me strength to keep pushing and helps me to believe that the best is yet to come."

Marsell was back in his hometown of Farrell, Pennsylvania with his mother throughout her chemotherapy treatment two years ago and at the hospital and at home as his son battled for life after being born two months premature. His dreams were on pause at that time and there were moments when he felt lost.

After playing three years of college basketball, he wasn't around the game anymore or enrolled in school. It was a torturous time for the decorated basketball star who was named the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year after his senior season at Farrell High where he established the school's record with 1,913 career points. He had played two seasons at San Jacinto College and then transferred to Morehead State where he played one season of Division I basketball.

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