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March 12, 2013

2012-13 Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic Notebook — Powers that be: John & Brett

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Brett Powers of Jefferson celebrated the final game of his high school basketball career with his dad, John, on the court at Lakeside for the Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic on Monday with him. The elder Powers served as an official while Brett was a player for Team Apollo.

“It means a lot to me (to have him on the court with me),” Brett Powers said. “He’s always been there growing up. It means a lot he could be out there for my last game.”

“It meant an awful lot,” John Powers, a 1982 Jefferson graduate and former Falcon basketball player, said. “I coached Brett and we’ve gone to games. We did sit down, the both of us, and we figured out the only game I had reffed was when they were little kids. This is probably the only game of his I’ve ever done (as a high school player).

“It was pretty special, knowing that he’s not going to be on a basketball court again.”

The Powers exchanged a brief moment during pregame introductions.

“When he came by, he slapped my hand,” John Powers said. “Joe (Hewitt, one of the other officials) said, ‘Come on, give your dad a hug.’ And he did. He’s very respectful in that way.”

The two had another moment after the game began. Brett Powers was called for a technical for — as announced Dave Simpson said — not cleaning his room, doing the dishes or the laundry, among other transgressions.

“That came from Joe,” John Powers said. “It was all his idea. He said, ‘What are we going to do with No. 12 in red? Will he get mad if we do anything?’ I said no, he’d love it.”

As for the reasons for the technical?

“That was 100-percent truth,” John Powers said.

“I have no comment on that,” Brett Powers responded.

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