Monthly Archives: February 2012

Snow postpones MIAA tournament games

The MIAA has postponed most tournaments games tonight due to the snow storm.

All North Boys and Girls Basketball Games have been canceled, including Charlestown’s game against Andover. That game will be played tomorrow night.

For all the updated brackets click here.

 

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Stunning end for New Mission boys basketball season

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Story and photos by Patrick O’Connor.

The New Mission Boys basketball team hoped for another run at a third-in-a-row state title but it was not to be.  In a spectacular first round game, the Titans lost, 70-69, in overtime to Arlington on Tuesday night at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury.

In the four minute overtime, the lead changed several times before a final timeout was called in the final moments with New Mission clinging to a 69-68 lead. Coming out of the timeout, Arlington scored with two seconds to play and Arlington fans jumped for joy.

The Titans were up 9-0 before Arlington got on the board in the first.  At the half, New Mission led 34-24 and things were looking good for the leading team.  In the third, Arlington battled back, scoring 20 points, trailing by one twice 37-36 and 44-43 and then ending with a free throw tying the score at 44-44.

In the fourth, both teams scored 15 and the lead went back-and-forth between the two.  Another free throw for Arlington tied the score at the end of the fourth at 59-59.

New Mission ends their season at 14-6.  Arlington came into the game at 11-9 and will now advance to take on the winner of the  Wakefield-Belmont game tomorrow.

 

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Anatomy of Ramos’s rebound

With 1 minute and 16 seconds remaining in regulation of the Boston City League Championship game on Friday night, the game’s eventual hero was in line to be its goat.  East Boston junior forward Kenny Ramos stepped up to the free throw line trailing Madison Park, 47-45, and blew both tries.

“He missed those free throws right there and he’s a warrior so I knew he was going to come back and do something,” East Boston coach Malcolm Smith said.

Ramos did all that and then some by  hitting the winning shot in the 60-59 overtime victory to collect the tournament MVP trophy.

“It’s all about confidence,” Ramos said after finishing with a team-high 16 points. “Basketball is a game of confidence. You can never get down on yourself. My teammates never got down on me, my coaches never get down on me, they always tell me to take a shot when it’s there.

“I saw it was there and I just kept playing. Every time I hit a shot I felt like the basket got bigger and that’s why I kept scoring the ball.”

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City hoops championships video highlights

Video by Callum Borchers.

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Scenes from the CL Championship

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Eastie takes out MP in OT, Fenway avenges loss to OB

East Boston held on to win an overtime thriller against Madison Park in the Boston City League Championships title game at Madison Park tonight.

Trailing 59-58 with 34.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Eastie senior forward Kyle Fox missed a 3-pointer. His teammates missed two offensive put backs before the ball fell into junior forward Kenny Ramos’ hands. Ramos missed his own put back before putting down the winning bucket with about three seconds remaining.

“That last play was just crazy,” Ramos, who scored a team-high 16 points and earned tournament MVP honors, said after the 60-59 victory. “I just never gave up. That’s East Boston basketball at its finest right there, those last eight seconds of the ballgame.

“This game was just so big for the seniors, for the coaches, for the type of year we’ve been having so I had to do my best to get the ball, put the ball in and try to win it for my team.”

In the final 2:45 of OT, Fox scored eight of his team’s last 10 points, including two game tying buckets.

With 1:01 left in the game Madison senior guard O’Shea Joy nailed a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 59-56 lead. Then junior forward Will March scored to put Eastie down one before Madison Park turned the ball over to the Jets with 34.7 to play.

Joy finished with 17 points while senior center Dakim Murray led Madison Park with a game-high 18 points and junior forward David Stewart had 10.

In the girls’ championship game Fenway High avenged its loss to O’Bryant in last year’s city championship by beating the tigers 57-34. Junior point guard Tajanay Veiga-Lee took home tournament MVP honors after scoring a game-high 23 points while sophomore guard Cadieja Mathews contributed 15 and senior guard Kayla Cox had 10.

“It feels great because we got back at them this time and my team, we stepped up as a team,” Veiga-Lee said.

O’Bryant was led by junior center Kiana Daley’s 13 points.

Check back tomorrow for a full report on both games, including video highlights.

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BPS puts 14 basketball teams in state tournament

Fourteen BPS boys and girls basketball teams made the state tournament when the MIAA released its pairings this afternoon.

Among the eight boys teams to clinch the tournament, is East Boston (17-4), who will meet Madison Park in tonight’s city championships.

Eastie is a No. 4-seed in the Division 1 North bracket and will host the winner of No. 13-ranked Lynn English and No. 20-ranked Waltham game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Madison Park (16-2) was seeded second in the Division 1 South bracket and will host No. 15 Natick (13-7) at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

No.5-seeded Charlestown (16-4), which barely missed the cities after it lost to MP in the final regular season game of the season, will play No. 12 Andover (12-8) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at home in the Division 1 North bracket.

Seeded sixth in Division 1 North is Boston Latin (17-5), who will host Lexington at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

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David and Goliath set to meet in city finals tonight

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

After advancing to tonight’s City League Championship by beating Brighton High, Madison Park Coach Dennis Wilson was asked how this team compares to others he’s had in the past.

“This would be more special if we can pull it off because they don’t have the talent,” said Wilson, whose team is 0-2 against East Boston this season. “But I told you, they have hops as big as this building, they believe in each other and they believe in me.”

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Familiar faces in girls final tonight

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

There was no storybook ending Thursday night at the Girls’ Basketball City Championship in Madison Park’s gym as South Division Champs O’Bryant and North Division Champs Fenway both advanced to the City Finals in convincing fashion.

They will meet at 5 p.m. tonight.

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Madison Park, East Boston boys win league semis

By Evan Freedman, BPSsports.com Correspondent

ROXBURY —  Madison Park advanced in the first semifinal game against Brighton Thursday night at Madison Park.  The Cardinals, the number two seed in the North Division, donned their road uniforms, even though they were playing in their own gym.  The game was nip and tuck the whole way, with neither team leading by more than six throughout.   Madison Park led by three with 16 seconds left, when Brighton could not connect with a pair of three point efforts as time expired.

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