The gauntlet was thrown down last spring, and it was a raucous but lighthearted basketball challenge between Senator Scott Brown and Springfield's Reverend Talbert Swan at the Dunbar Y Community Center in Springfield.
It was a charity event for the benefit of the Path to Manhood program, and the recently destroyed South End Community Center. Both teams were aided by a bevy of local politicos.
Both teams came out swinging and came here to win. The game was fast paced and as typical a little bit physical, but the mood always remained in the spirit of good fun and charity.
|Brown defends against Swan.|
|Brown takes a shot.|
|Brown is knocked down, and helped up by Sarno.|
|Brown's team discusses strategy.|
|Swan and Brown race up the court.|
|Sarno takes a free throw.|
|Sarno defends against Rivera.|
|Neal makes a pass.|
|Williams and Rivera take a break.|
|Brown cools off.|
|A moment of levity between play.|
|Suddenly, late in the game, Swan goes down with an injury.|
|Brown helped Swan back on his feet.|
|and Swan is helped off the court.|
|The game resumes as the final minutes wind down...|
|...culminating in a literal last second basket- putting Swan's team one point ahead for an exciting win.|
|The crowd, of course, went wild.|
It was a great game for the players to play, the spectators to watch, and the charities to benefit. A three point shot.