By Richard McDonough
Hometown Weekly Correspondent
The Westwood High School Boosters put on their now-annual celebrity basketball game last Wednesday in an effort to generate community engagement and funding. The Boosters and Westwood High hosted members of the world champion New England Patriots for a night of fun and friendly competition.Patriot players in attendance included Super Bowl heroes James White and Malcolm Butler. They were also joined by teammates Kyle Van Noy, Trey Flowers, Shea McClellin and Jacoby Brissett. They were pitted against a combination of Boosters, school officials, and Westwood High School students. Among the students representing their school were Chuck Bemis, Christina Bonfiglio, Tim Giovino, Dylan Linehan, and Allie Morin.
With four members of the Patriot’s defense on the court, their competitive nature showed through; from the opening tip, they made it clear that it’s hard to score against the defending Super Bowl champs. By jumping passing lanes and offering lock-down coverage as they would on the gridiron, the Patriots All-Stars built an early lead that they would not surrender.
Despite the Pats’ competitive spirit shining through, the game featured a good sense of camaraderie between both teams - everyone got a chance to look good in front of the sold-out crowd.
Patriot players made sure to show off their athleticism by slicing through defenses, taking long-range shots, and making highlight-reel dunks.
The game’s leading scorer, Jacoby Brissett, was not shy about letting it rip as soon as he stepped over half court. He along with Flowers and Bulter showed off with dunks that brought the crowd alive. At the end of four quarters, the Patriots All-Stars emerged victories.
In addition to the game, the players sat down for an autograph session at halftime, during which fans of all ages could get their Patriots jerseys, hats and other memorabilia signed by members of the team. Additionally, the players gave out signed footballs.
The night was a huge success raising funds and engaging the community. As the Patriots do throughout Massachusetts, they were able to lend a hand to a worthy cause.
The Westwood Boosters deserve recognition for organizing this event every May.