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.