Story and photos by Patrick E. O’Connor
In a Division 1/north quarterfinal game on Saturday afternoon, Charlestown defeated City League champions East Boston 61-58 and now advance on to a semi-final game against Central Catholic on Thursday, March 8 at Reading High School.
Excitement and anticipation were in the air as both teams took to the floor to play and a full house was on hand to watch. First to to score in the game was EB senior Patrick Santos on two free throws. At the end of the first, the Jets led 14-11. Keeping pace, the score was tied twice at 20 and 25 in the second but the Jets took a 30-29 lead. In the third, the score was tied six times, ending with a tied score of 46-46.
In the fourth, the tight game continued but Charlestown took the lead with under two minutes to play. Time ran out for the Jets to regain the lead and the Townies celebrated a 61-58 win. MVP of the game for Charlestown was senior Tyrik Jackson who contributed 20 points to the win. Also hot on the court for Charlestown was senior Omar Orriols with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Despite the loss, East Boston had a great season, winning the city league championship on Feb. 24 with a 60-59 win over Madison Park and ending the season with a 18-5 record.
Charlestown now stands at 18-4.