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.”
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.
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.