'No one fights alone': BBA hoops dons pink to battle cancer

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MANCHESTER — For at least one night, pink joined green and gold as Burr and Burton Academy's school colors, as the boys' basketball team's players and coaches committed to fighting cancer at the same time they focused their energies on defeating rival Mount Anthony.

The occasion was the program's annual Coaches Vs. Cancer fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

And the message on the backs of the team's pink warmup T-shirts — "Team Briggs" — is one that hits close to home for BBA's players and coaches.

Junior varsity coach Jamie Briggs' mother Joan was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, and varsity coach Eric Green realized the annual fundraising effort was a great way to let the Briggs family know they're being supported at BBA.

I thought "What a small, cool way to honor her upcoming battle and to let him know that we're standing with him," Green said. "We throw around the phrase 'no one fights alone' a lot -- so we decided to let him know that no one fights alone."

Green, who had previously partnered with Coaches vs. Cancer as baseball coach at Arlington, said about $400 was raised from ticket proceeds (donated by BBA) as well as donations by fans. In five years the annual event has raised about $2,000, he said.

BBA's players have taken the cause to heart, Green said. "They asked if they can wear the shirts at other games this season."

Maybe there's some magic in the pink T-shirts. After an evenly-played first half against Mount Anthony, the Bulldogs stepped up their game in the second half and beat the Patriots, 69-53.

"That was by far the best game we played all year," Green said.

Reach Greg Sukiennik at 802-490-6000 or on Twitter @GSukiennik_MJ

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