Before Monday's game against Missisquoi Valley Union High School, Enosburg boys basketball Assistant Coach Jeremiah Melhuish addressed his team.
"This is a game for our brother. Tonight, we get to honor him. Honor him as a person, honor him as a player, honor him as a friend, honor him as a brother," Melhuish said. "Let's go out there, let's make our legacy, for Enosburg, for B.G."
B.G. stands for Brandon Gleason. In a season filled with tributes and dedications for Gleason, Monday night he received the ultimate honor. His number 11 was raised to the ceiling of the Enosburg Falls Gym. Brandon's younger brother Devin and his older sister Maria did the honors.
It's been nearly nine months since the seventeen year old star volleyball and basketball player was killed in a car accident, hit by an alleged drunk driver.
"There were players before the basketball season having a tough time, not playing and thinking more about Brandon," Enosburg Head Coach Matt Luneau said. "The basketball has been a relief for them."
"It's never easy losing someone especially someone so close," Enosburg Senior Nicholas Carpenter said. "Just bringing him up makes it easier for us to remember him to think of all the good times."
As for the game, the Hornets rallied from a five point deficit late to send the game into overtime. Enosburg went on to a 59-48 win. The margin of victory, 11 points, the same number worn by Brandon Gleason.@
In the year 2020, when Devin Gleason joins the Enosburg basketball team, he will be wearing the number 11, but for now it's the current bunch of hornets that are keeping Brandon Gleason's legacy going.
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