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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