Monthly Archives: January 2010

Madison Park outlasts East Boston

Here’s what the Globe had to say about last night’s game:

Madison Park 93, East Boston 72 – Spencer Braithwaite drained a 3-pointer with a minute left in the first quarter to give Madison Park a 17-9 lead. Little did host East Boston know that it would never get closer.

Braithwaite’s 37-point effort highlighted an impressive evening for the Cardinals (12-1), who cruised to a 93-72 win over the Jets (11-2). Center David Campbell added 22 points for Madison Park.

“The key is getting off to a great start and maintaining the intensity, which is a hard thing to do,’’ said Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson. “I think we had a couple of lapses, but other than that, we kept the pedal to the metal, kept the hammer down.’’

Last night marked the second meeting of between Boston City League powerhouses. On Jan. 6, East Boston rallied in overtime to earn a 91-82 victory.

“Coach told us to play with heart, play tougher than them,’’ Campbell said. “That’s what we did.’’

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Rankings

In the latest Beantownhoops.com rankings Madison Park has eclipsed both East Boston and Mission Hill in the Top 25. No. 6 Madison Park (11-1) just destroyed St. Raphael Academy (RI) while Eastie fell down a spot to No. 7. Meanwhile, New Mission dropped three spots to No. 8 after its loss to East Boston on Sunday night.

Rank Prev. Team Record Notes/Week Results
6 7 Madison Park 11-1 Destroyed St. Raphael Academy (RI)
7 6 East Boston 13-2 (L) Charlestown 85-51
8 5 New Mission 13-1 (W) OBryant 88-63

The most recent Globe rankings have East Boston, Madison Park and New Mission at  No. 6, No. 7 and No. 10 respectively.

On the girls’ side Beantownhoops has New Mission (9-3) up two spots from No. 10 after defeating O’ Bryant 44-31.

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Eastie-New Mission slide show

Here’s a slide show of photos from Sunday night’s game between East Boston High (12-1) and New Mission (12-1). Eastie won 68-66 at Emmanuel College.

A special thanks to goes out to New England School of Photography’s artful Naidia King for sharing her photos. As always, the omniscient Patrick O’Connor’s photos are included as well.

Enjoy the slide show: Eastie vs. New Mission

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Eastie evens it up

By Justin A. Rice

The fact that East Boston lost its first game of the season one game before its highly anticipated matchup with the undefeated New Mission High boys’ basketball team didn’t take any luster out of Sunday night’s game between the two highly ranked teams; it merely poured more jet fuel into the Jets’ tank.

“This one means a lot,” East Boston senior John Flakes said after the 68-66 victory against the Titans on Sunday night at Emanuel College. “We just came off a loss against Franklin and it was a redeem game. They were undefeated and now they’re not. Now we can say we got one on them and they don’t got one on us.

“I’m looking forward to seeing them again in the cities.”

Going into the game Beantownhoops.com had New Mission (12-1) and East Boston (12-1) ranked No. 5 and No. 6. Before Eastie’s first loss the Boston Globe had the Jets at No. 6 and the Titans at No. 11.

After Sunday’s game East Boston coach Malcolm Smith said that Boston’s 85-81 loss to Franklin High on Friday night alleviated some pressure—until moments from the tap that was.

“In the city this is bragging rights,” Smith said. “I didn’t think I felt the pressure until maybe three minutes before game time and yeah there was a lot of pressure. The guys were very calm cool and collected but I was nervous today.”

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A new mission

Once the doormat of the City League, the New Mission boys' basketball team is ranked in the Boston Globe's Top 20 for the first time ever. Photo courtesy of Cory McCarthy

New Mission coach Cory McCarthy draws up the play.

By Justin A. Rice

Two years ago Darius Davis couldn’t mention he played basketball for New Mission High without enduring snarky remarks about the program being the perennial bottom feeder of the Boston City League.

“People would try to be funny, ‘Oh have you guys even won a game?’” the junior guard from Mission Hill said.

Today—just a season after Cory McCarthy took over coaching duties after leading the New Mission girls’ squad to the Division 4 state championship in 2007—Davis and his teammates are the talk of the town.

Going deep into the state playoffs last year, this year the Titans are in the Boston Globe’s Top 20 for the first time in school history, a feat the girls didn’t even accomplish during their title run.

On Sunday afternoon No. 11-ranked New Mission (12-0), who sits atop of the City League South division—butts heads with No. 5-ranked East Boston (10-1), the North division leaders.

“Everybody in the city is talking about this game,” Davis said of the 5 p.m. matchup at Emmanuel College. “This is like the state championship. We gotta just play hard. If we play hard and play as a team we can beat them.”

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BPSsports.com Launch Party and Networking Event

Sport in Society is throwing BPSsports.com a launch party on Feb. 11. Hope you all can make it. Here’s the invite:

Date:               February 11, 2010

Time:               5:30 pm to 7:30pm

Location:        Northeastern University Alumni Center

716 Columbus Ave.

Boston, MA 02110

Join Sport in Society and Northeastern University’s Master of Sport Leadership Program for an evening of networking and learning as we celebrate the launch of BPSsports.com by Sport in Society alum Justin Rice.

BPSsports.com was founded by Rice in the fall of 2009 to feature Boston Public School athletes and teams and to provide an outlet for local college and high school students to gain valuable journalism experience.

Mr. Rice, who covers high school sports for several local papers such as the Boston Globe, worked in BPS schools through Sport in Society’s Athletes in Service to America Program. He is currently completing a Master’s thesis about the boys basketball team at Boston English High–the first secondary-education school in the nation.

In addition to learning about BPSsports.com and the issues facing Boston’s High School sports, the event will provide networking time, and opportunities to learn about Sport in Society and its Master of Sports Leadership Program.  Complementary h’orderves and a cash bar will be provided.

Please RSVP by Friday, February 5th by emailing Meghan Mahoney (me.mahoney@neu.edu)

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