PLANTSVILLE >> When Thomaston and St. Paul step on the court Saturday afternoon at the Mohegan Sun Arena a state title won’t be the only thing on the line, family bragging rights will be too.
Thomaston head coach Bob McMahon will lead his Golden Bears into the Class S Championship game for the second year in a row and will take on his niece, Kelly and the St. Paul Falcons.
Bob McMahon has not only watched Kelly grow, but has been a basketball mentor.
“We’re pretty close, he’s been a big inspiration in my basketball career,” Kelly said. “We’ve shot around; I went to camps that he coaches at.”
The McMahon family is a well-known family throughout Thomaston. Bob McMahon’s father and Kelly’s grandfather Eugene McMahon is often referred to as the Mayor, when he attends game at Thomaston. There is also Luke McMahon, a senior cross country star at Thomaston, who is Bob McMahon’s nephew and Kelly’s cousin.
“It’s a special day for my dad, (and the) McMahon family. I wish my mom would be around for it,” Bob McMahon said. “The McMahon’s will always remember this.”
Kelly though does not live in Thomaston; she lives in Torrington with her family.
“It wasn’t the impression I wanted it to be, maybe they would have lived in Thomaston,” Bob McMahon said, laughing.
When the brackets were released at the end of February, St. Paul as the No. 1 seed in Class S and Thomaston as the No. 3, there was a good chance that the Golden Bears and Falcons would meet in the finals.
“It’s tough, I knew it would be possible, it’s exciting,” Kelly said.
The Golden Bears clinched their spot on Monday night with a win over Sacred Heart, with the Falcons playing on Tuesday night against Bolton.
“I thought it would be neat,” Bob McMahon said. “To be honest I could care less who won, I only cared about how Kelly did.”
Come Saturday at 3 p.m. when the two teams tip off, at least on the court, family won’t matter.
“Saturday’s focus is Thomaston vs. St. Paul,” Bob McMahon said. “For 32 minutes on Saturday, she is just number 11.”
On who the McMahon family will root for?
“Me and Luke are close, so we’ll see,” Kelly grinned. “They are definitely excited for it.”
“We’ll see? He’s in a tough position,” Kelly said.
His son though knows him the best.
“He’s going to be shirtless,” Bob McMahon grinned. “Brown paint on one side, blue paint on the other side.”
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