'Emotional service' held for Glynn

A few hundred people attended a prayer service Tuesday morning at Cardinal Spellman, mourning the sudden death of former basketball star Joey Glynn.

Glynn died Monday night after collapsing during a men’s league basketball game in Watertown, Mass.

“You hear about it two or three times a year, a kid collapses on a basketball court, but you never expect it to happen to someone like Joey Glynn,” Cardinal Spellman spokesman Nate Merritt said.

The school opened the prayer service to all students, including seniors who have already graduated and former students and parents who knew the 19-year-old Glynn, who graduated last year.

Merritt described it as an “emotional service” that was led by Deacon Joseph Nickley, who was close with Glynn. The service included a photo montage set to music in tribute to Glynn.

“It’s hitting everybody pretty hard,” Merritt said.

The cause of death is still being investigated, according to Watertown police.

“I can’t even fathom it. Joey has played a thousand games at this point in his life. You can’t tell me he pushed himself more than last night than he ever has,” Merritt said.

Glynn was named to ESPN Boston’s All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points. He played for Bentley College this past season, starting 16 games and averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes.