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"Everybody" is the forty fifth chapter in Ahiru no Sora.

Chapter Summary

Masahiro substituted in place of Sora

Nao notices a tired and exhausted Sora, and she then requests the referee for a member change. Upon seeing, Sora states that he is fine and doesn’t feel fatigued. Nao doesn’t listen to his excuses and instructs Sora to substitute himself out. A surprised Koga looks at Kuzuryu High’s bench. A confused and concerned Masahiro joins the match. Chiaki advises Chucky that he seems a bit too stiff and he should stay relaxed and pass the ball around. Momoharu also joins in their conversation and urges his friend Masahiro not to keep the ball in possession for too long. Hanazono passes the ball to Masahiro. Katori sees the pass, steals the ball, and gains possession. Masahiro then apologizes to his teammates for his slow response. Nao encourages her squad not to worry, and they should focus on their defense. Tarou feels happy and relieved that this time Sora is not marking him. While defending against Tarou, Masahiro states he will guard him as if his life depends on it. Katori confidently passes the ball to Tarou, who then efficiently scores the basket.

Masahiro looks at a confident Tarou and is amazed at his teammate Sora for keeping up to pace with such an agile player. Chucky then notices that the skill level between him and Tarou is too wide and wishes that Nao substitutes him quickly. A frustrated Sora sees his teammates struggling. Nao notices that Sora is being too hard on himself. She then advises Kurumatani that it is too early to be regretful, and the match is still ongoing, and he will have the opportunity to get back into the game. Nao then asks Sora if his knee is okay because she believes he might have gotten injured. Sora confirms that he is fine, and he has not sustained any injury. Upon hearing, Nao feels relieved and advises Sora to use this time to rest and regain his strength. Tarou has possession of the ball, swiftly passes everyone, and tries to score. Yasuhara attempts to block him and gets himself again in foul trouble. Kenji and his teammates become a bit worried because it is Yasuhara’s fourth foul, one more, and he will get ejected from the match. Nao then calls for a quick timeout. A frustrated Chiaki states that out of the three beginners, Yasuhara is the only one that has adequately learned the basics of dribbling. Kenji advises Nao that without Sora, zone defense isn’t working, and they should change their defensive formation back to man-to-man defense. Nao agrees with Natsume's judgment and substitutes Yasuhara for Nabe. Masahiro also requests Nao to replace him with Sora.

A serious Kenji Natsume notify's Kitasumi High that he is Kuzuryu High's leading scorer

Chucky sees a serious Sora, who is ready to get back into the match. Upon witnessing, Masahiro questions his ability that within 3 minutes of playtime, he already feels exhausted. Nao urges Masahiro that she can’t substitute him right now; Sora needs rest to regain his strength before heading into the match. A changed and determined Masahiro replies that he will try his best to guard Tarou until Sora comes back into the match. The game resumes, and it is Kuzuryu High’s possession. Natsume, while dribbling, confidently informs Tachibana, Kitasumi High’s shooting guard, that Sora is not their teams’ only scorer. Kenji then efficiently creates some space between himself and Tachibana and scores the three-pointer. Natsume then seriously looks at Kitasumi High and states that he is Kuzuryu High’s leading scorer whom they should try stopping. Upon hearing, a furious Tarou instructs his teammates not to get carried away. This time a determined Masahiro guards Tarou. Nabe is impressed at his friend’s effort and also becomes serious. Tarou, unfazed by Masahiro’s defense, quickly passes him. Nabe notices and then helps his teammate Masahiro on guarding Tarou. Now the outcome of the match depends on whether Kuzuryu High can stop Tarou or not.

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