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Basketball is a way of life for the Ahearns of Marshfield

At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Bobby Ahearn combines size and shooting ability.
At 6-foot-6, 230 pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan, Bobby Ahearn combines size and shooting ability. Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Family and basketball have always been intertwined for Theresa Del Negro Ahearn.

Before she was born, her father, Vin Del Negro, played for Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp at the University of Kentucky.

While growing up, her brother, Vinny, starred at Suffield Academy in Connecticut, eventually earning a basketball scholarship to North Carolina State University. A 12-year NBA playing career followed, along with head coaching stints for the Chicago Bulls (2008-10) and Los Angeles Clippers (2010-13).

So, when Del Negro Ahearn and her husband, Bob Ahearn, a former soccer goalie at the University of Massachusetts Boston, had four children, the three youngest almost naturally found their way onto the hardwood.

The lone exception was their oldest daughter, 21-year-old Ashley, who opted for volleyball and, this fall, as a senior, captained Bentley University’s team.

Consequently, Del Negro Ahearn estimates she has attended approximately 1,100 basketball games involving her three children — 19-year-old Bobby, 15-year-old Maggie, and 12-year-old Dylan — not to mention another 200 over her brother’s career.

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