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.”
The Cardinals will play East Boston at 6:30 p.m. at Madison Park for all the marbles.
Yesterday’s semifinals were a tale of two games. The first game between Madison Park and Brighton went down to the last second, whereas the East Boston and New Mission game was one sided throughout.
In the Madison Park, Brighton game, it took two missed free throws be freshman guard Shamaine Darden with five seconds left and a last chance three missed by Brighton to give Madison Park the edge 67-64.
After the first game, hopes were high for a just as good, if not better game when East Boston and New Mission tipped off. But after being up 22-17 at the break, Eastie never looked back and took a 62-43 win. East Boston was also presented with the North Division Championship trophy for finishing first in their division.
Wilson also praised his team’s job defensively last night and said continuing to play well defensively will be the trick to slaying East Boston tonight.
“The defense has been our key, we really bared down defensively in that last quarter and they had problems with getting open looks,” he said.
Steve Musco is a Middler at Northeartern University. He also is a coop at the Center for the Study of Sport in Society who works in the BPS athletic department.