By Justin A. Rice
Reviving a tradition started by former coach Jack O’Brien, Charlestown High walked to TD Garden for its Division 1 Eastern Mass title bout with Brockton on Monday in 70-degree weather. Unlike O’Brien, who won five state championships at Brockton, this year’s Townies’ team walked away empty handed.
“We wanted to continue that tradition,” Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso said after the 67-64 overtime loss. “We walked the 1.7 miles. It took about 30 minutes. It was a great walk. Guys came in loose.”
“I tell my guys we had to live in the moment, play for the moment. I felt we left it on the court, we lost in overtime.”
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.”