Nathan listens to angry hip-hop on his headphones as he makes his way toward the gym. Haley calls out to him, but he snaps, "Not now, Haley." They don't touch each other at all. Haley asks, "Okay, after the game, can we get some food and talk?" Nathan snits, "Haley, I said not now, okay." She asks him why he's being like that. "Because I can, okay, that's how it works, people are mean, life's a bitch." What is his problem? "My problem? My problem's on the other side of that wall. And in five minutes, if I'm not perfect, they're going to eat me alive. That's my problem." Oh. The. Pressure. Haley doesn't say anything. She just walks away. Because she understands that at the end of it all, it's really just a game, isn't it?
The crowd pours into the Whitey Durham Field House. The b-ball game is in full swing. Cheerleaders wave their pom-poms, but I can't see Peyton amongst them. Mouth's there with his recorder, telling us that Nathan's scored thirty-eight points already and they're still early in the fourth quarter. Dan sits on the bleachers, smiling at his son's performance. Nathan's got the ball again, and scores a three-pointer -- he's a basket away from the record. Brooke waves her pom-poms and smiles. Haley looks on and smiles too. Nathan's got the ball, but when he goes up to score, he bashes into a Cove City player and the ref blows the whistle -- I'm guessing to call a personal foul. The ref refuses to call the basket, something about charging. Nathan argues with him for a second and almost gets himself thrown out of the game. Whitey calls a time-out just in the nick of time. The ref yells at Whitey, "Coach, you'd better watch your boy." The boys sit down on the bench, and someone hands Nathan a glass of Gatorade. Haley sits beside Keith. She asks him, "What's he doing?" Whitey: "Nathan, I don't care how many points you've got -- you keep this up and I'll move you so far down the bench they'll have to pump air to you." The buzzer goes and the boys huddle up, call "D-Fence," and get back into the game. Nathan says to Luke, "Just get me the ball." As they walk back onto the court, Luke says, "You all right?" Nathan replies, "I will be two points from now." The game picks back up with a Raven grabbing the ball mid-shot from a Cavalier. Nathan jumps up, grabs the ball, and passes it to Luke, who waits for Nathan to get free, but when he gets the ball, Nathan starts to waver. He sees his father, then looks at Haley, then crashes to the floor. The whistle blows, and everyone, including Dan, is on their feet. The team gathers around Nathan, but he's out cold on the floor.