West Long Branch:This past week, the Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach Fire Department teamed up to play a benefit basketball game at Shore Regional High School against current and past Shore Regional High School Basketball players to help raise money to help rebuild and restore the fire departments that still need repair from Hurricane Sandy.
Both teams played for five-minute shifts and rotated players throughout the game. The Shore team moved the ball well against the fireman. Using screens, picks, and down low play; the Shore team moved the ball well against the fireman all night long. The fireman played from the arc, taking long, often times off-line shots most of the night. The team lived, and died, by the three. Unfortunately shooting from “down town” proved to be the fireman’s Achilles heel. Their game improved when they slowed down, looked down low, and moved the ball side to side. Nevertheless, the team threw up the rock and more often than not came up empty.
Players from both teams competed to the best of their abilities; however, it was clear from the end of the first quarter that the SRHS basketball team was going to win the contest. Up by 30 plus points at the half, both teams focused less on competition and more on fun by playing 5-6, 5-7, or 5 against all.
Between the third and fourth intermission, two young ladies wore fire suits and shot three point shots to help raise additional funds for the event. Additionally, there was a 50/50 fundraiser and gift bag auction, which also helped to raise additional funds. The majority of the funds raised came through donations by local businesses and sponsors.
Though the players from Shore Regional took the game, it was the first responders, EMT, volunteers, and fire departments that stole the show.
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This event was the largest organized fundraiser for the ailing fire departments. More events like this will be held in the future.