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Charlestown walks away empty handed in EMass title game

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.”

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Charlestown keeps it going, end the Jets season

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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.

 

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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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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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Eastie takes out MP in OT, Fenway avenges loss to OB

East Boston held on to win an overtime thriller against Madison Park in the Boston City League Championships title game at Madison Park tonight.

Trailing 59-58 with 34.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Eastie senior forward Kyle Fox missed a 3-pointer. His teammates missed two offensive put backs before the ball fell into junior forward Kenny Ramos’ hands. Ramos missed his own put back before putting down the winning bucket with about three seconds remaining.

“That last play was just crazy,” Ramos, who scored a team-high 16 points and earned tournament MVP honors, said after the 60-59 victory. “I just never gave up. That’s East Boston basketball at its finest right there, those last eight seconds of the ballgame.

“This game was just so big for the seniors, for the coaches, for the type of year we’ve been having so I had to do my best to get the ball, put the ball in and try to win it for my team.”

In the final 2:45 of OT, Fox scored eight of his team’s last 10 points, including two game tying buckets.

With 1:01 left in the game Madison senior guard O’Shea Joy nailed a 3-pointer to give the Cardinals a 59-56 lead. Then junior forward Will March scored to put Eastie down one before Madison Park turned the ball over to the Jets with 34.7 to play.

Joy finished with 17 points while senior center Dakim Murray led Madison Park with a game-high 18 points and junior forward David Stewart had 10.

In the girls’ championship game Fenway High avenged its loss to O’Bryant in last year’s city championship by beating the tigers 57-34. Junior point guard Tajanay Veiga-Lee took home tournament MVP honors after scoring a game-high 23 points while sophomore guard Cadieja Mathews contributed 15 and senior guard Kayla Cox had 10.

“It feels great because we got back at them this time and my team, we stepped up as a team,” Veiga-Lee said.

O’Bryant was led by junior center Kiana Daley’s 13 points.

Check back tomorrow for a full report on both games, including video highlights.

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David and Goliath set to meet in city finals tonight

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

After advancing to tonight’s City League Championship by beating Brighton High, Madison Park Coach Dennis Wilson was asked how this team compares to others he’s had in the past.

“This would be more special if we can pull it off because they don’t have the talent,” said Wilson, whose team is 0-2 against East Boston this season. “But I told you, they have hops as big as this building, they believe in each other and they believe in me.”

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Familiar faces in girls final tonight

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

There was no storybook ending Thursday night at the Girls’ Basketball City Championship in Madison Park’s gym as South Division Champs O’Bryant and North Division Champs Fenway both advanced to the City Finals in convincing fashion.

They will meet at 5 p.m. tonight.

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Road to boys’ city hoops title wide open without Charlestown in the mix

By Steve Musco, BPSsports Correspondent

There is an old saying that goes, “the more things change, the more they stay the same;” but even with all the changes in this years’ City Championships, nothing will be the same.

Last years champ, Charlestown, failed to qualify for cities this year after a heartbreaking  61-57 loss to Madison Park on Feb. 14, which locked Madison Park into second place in the North Division.

Tomorrow’s first game of the City Championships will feature Madison Park against Brighton, who is at the top of the South division with an impressive 13-1 league record.

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