SPRINGFIELD — The basketball season wasn’t quite done yet, as there were still three games to be played last Friday night on the Jerry Colangelo Court of Dreams at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield.
About 60 seniors from all over Western Mass descended upon the “Birthplace of Basketball” to participate in the annual Western Mass. All-Star Game. Among the participants were Mount Everett’s Cavan Brady and Lenox’s Alice Najimy.
Brady played on Team White in the Division 2 and 3 boys’ All-Star Game. Team White got off to a slow start trailing Team Black 52-35 at halftime. Poor three point shooting to start the game contributed to Team White’s slow start, but once Brady drained his team’s first three of the game, the three pointers started to fall especially in the second half.
“It felt great. I was coming down the court and I felt people behind me but I just pulled up and hit it and it felt good,” said Brady.
Brady finished the game with seven points, making two field goals, a two and a three, and was just 2-for-6 from the line. No matter what his stats were in his final high school basketball game of his career, just getting the opportunity to be recognized and play with some of the best high school basketball players in Western Mass, is a heck of a way to end his high school basketball career.
“It’s amazing, probably the best way that I could go out as a senior,” said Brady who averaged nearly 19 points per game for the Eagles this season.
Najimy agreed with that sentiment.
“It’s so cool. This is probably one of the coolest things that I have ever done for basketball,” said Najimy. “Just being noticed enough and it’s an honor being picked for this and then getting a chance to play at the Birthplace of Basketball. This gym is amazing! This is one of the coolest experiences of my life.”
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