Franklin High's Unified Basketball Team Wins Gold At Special Olympics

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FRANKLIN, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's a heroes welcome for Franklin High School's unified basketball team that came out on top in the Special Olympics on Friday, after hitting a buzzer-beater shot and scoring a comeback victory in Orlando, Florida.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe visited Franklin High's court to ask the players how they felt after the big win against a team from Oregon.

"The game was fun, but I really cared more for building more relationships with friends I was there with," said Payton Boudreau, who made the pass for the winning shot. Payton played alongside his twin brother Jake on them team to secure the win.

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"These ten kids are absolutely phenomenal— the most important thing is they became friends and they demonstrated the highest quality of sportsmanship. They're a very special group that may never be matched," said team coach Lisa Burger.

The team was announced to be the first team from Massachusetts to head to the Special Olympics back in December.

"The best part was we adapted. We did what we always do— we played at everyone's strengths and weaknesses and then we were able to adapt throughout the week, make it to the medal round, and then come out with the gold," said player Audrey Bonacci.

WBZ's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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