MP slides into Saturday showdown with Brockton

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs, BPSsports Correspondent

Madison Park withstood a late surge by Franklin on Thursday night to set up a Saturday afternoon showdown with powerhouse Brockton.

“We’re expecting a war,” MP senior center Dakim Murray said of Brockton after the 63-60 victory against Franklin. “We got to get to the Garden; I need me a ring.”

The Cardinals had to walk the tightrope on Thursday’s semifinal to get to the MIAA South Division 1 final at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Even as Franklin dwindled down what was a 20-point lead to just one point on Thursday night, the composure and leadership of senior center Murray propelled Madison Park to the victory.

“If we lose we go home,” said Murray, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds. “Next years the next year and I’m a senior, there is no next year for me. I refuse to lose. It’s a refuse to lose attitude and it prevailed today.”

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Madison Park men keep it rolling

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Playing at UMass/Boston, the MP boys basketball team kept it rolling toward their goal of a state title with a semi-final win over Franklin (19-4) on Wednesday evening.  The game got antsy in the fourth for both teams, but the Cardinals pulled out a 63-60 win and now prepare for Saturday’s matchup with Brockton (winner of the Brockton-Newton North game at 5:45) for the Division 1/south title.  If successful then, the Cards are off to the TD Banknorth Garden on Monday for the Division 1 title.  The win was the third in a row for Madison Park in the state tournament.  Madison Park defeated Natick 69-62 on March 1 and Taunton 63-61 on March 3.

In the first quarter, Madison Park started off with a 4-0 lead before Franklin got on the board.  At half time, MP led 35-19 and 48-37 at the end of the third.  Franklin played hard in the fourth, scoring 23 points and while never having the lead, came close, down 1 at 58-57 with 46 seconds to play.

The breakdown of the game:

1: MP: 14; F: 11

2: MP: 21; F: 8

3: MP: 13; F: 18

4: MP: 15; F: 23

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Charlestown keeps it going, end the Jets season

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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.

 

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Charlestown cruises to East Boston second-round playoff matchup

By Zolan Kanno-Youngs, BPSsports Correspondent

CHARLESTOWN — After a loss to Madison Park in the final game of the regular season cost them a trip to the City Championships, Charlestown High blew out the Andover on Thursday night in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North boys’ basketball tournament.

“After we didn’t make the cities, the guys came in the gym, worked hard over vacation break and got back on track to winning again,” Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso said after the 72-54 victory.

Charlestown will travel to East Boston at 1 p.m. on Saturday for a second round matchup against the Jets, who beat Waltham 72-64 in the first round.

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MP boys knock out Natick in first round playoff game

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Playing in its first game since losing by one point in the City League championship game in overtime to East Boston last Friday, the Madison Park boys’ basketball team took to their home court tonight and sent the Redmen from Natick High home with a 69-62 loss in the first round of the Division 1 South bracket.

The No.15-seed Natick never lead but competed enough to trail by one, 48-47 in the third.  In the fourth, Natick trailed second-seeded Madison by three, 54-51, but the Cards always managed increase their lead.  Natick ends its season at 13-8 while  Madison Park is now 17-2 and off to the quarterfinal round for a home game at 1 p.m. on Saturday against No. 7-seeded Taunton.

Taunton defeated Needham, 60-55, in the first round.

Patrick O’Connor is a yearbook photographer for English High and works at the Boston Public Librar

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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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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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Photos by Patrick E. O’Connor

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