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Snapshot: Star-struck week for Mission boys hoop

4/17/2014

It's been a star-studded week for New Mission's boys basketball team. First, there was a trip to the State House, where the Titans were honored for capturing the MIAA Division 2 State Championship last month, the program's third in the last five years.

Then today, the Titans received a visit from Boston Celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca, head coach Brad Stevens and guard Phil Pressey. For Pressey, this was a bit of a homecoming. The Dallas native played with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) and spent two years at Cushing Academy, in Ashburnham, before finishing his high school career back home in Texas.

Courtesy of Damon Kelton and Titans head coach Cory McCarthy, here are some photos of the visit:

Pagliuca, Stevens and Pressey were appearing at the Hyde Park-based school as part of a "pep rally" being put on by the Boston Scholar Athletes program. Here's some more information on the event from BSA:

Following up on a promise John Fish of Suffolk Construction made to Boston Public School students, the Boston Scholar Athlete (BSA) program will host Boston Celtics’ very own Phil Pressey, Head Coach Brad Stevens, and co-owner Steve Pagliuca this Thursday at the Hyde Park Education Complex for an inspirational pep rally.

Number 26 Celtics Guard Pressey will address 800 students from New Mission High School and the Boston Community Leadership Academy on perseverance in academics and athletics. Pressey grew up in Massachusetts and will speak to the students about his experience with bullying and having overcome his reservations about his height before going on to become a college Basketball player at Missouri, and finally an NBA icon. This event aligns with the themes promoted by the Boston Scholar Athlete program.