The Newton North Tigers were up 79-49 late in Saturday’s game against rival Newton South at TD Garden in the Good Sports 2014 Invitational. That's when team manager Brendan Durkin, a special needs student, checked into the game.
Durkin's parents, Mike and Ann, were sitting in the stands and were getting ready to leave, when they realized Brendan was checking into the game.
It was all Newton North coach Pul Connolly's idea, a spontaneous decision made at the end of the game.
With just 14 seconds remaining in the game he made his debut on the court, getting off two shots, making his final one before the buzzer. Newton North went wild with excitement after Durkin's shot went in. See the video above.
"Paul has made Brandon feel like he's one of the guys from the start,'" said Mike, who was sitting five rows behind the Tigers' bench.
Brandon, 20, has been the team manager for 6 years now. Durkin has been the team’s longtime manager, and is currently enrolled in the Massachusetts Bay Community College transition program.
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