MIAA Boys Semi Finals City League Championship
East Boston 59 Dorchester Aca./Tech Boston Aca. 57
As expected the game turned out to be a rugged tough fought game between two city teams. An up and down game through out, at one point it seemed as if the lead changed with each team possession. East Boston held a comfortable lead at the end of the first quarter up nine points, but lead by a tough Markus Neal (who scored his 1000th point in 2nd) and Tavon Smallpiece Dorchester clamped down on their defense and ended the half just down by two points.
In the 2nd half Khail Newson became more aggressive and was a nice sparked for Dorchester early. Scoring 13 of his 16 total game points all in the second half helped his team to tie the game up late in the 4th quarter eventually forcing the game to go into overtime. In the end, East Boston junior guard Dion Knight would come up with play after play to help Eastie seal the game in over time. With a few seconds left to play Knight finds a cutting John Mitchell for what eventually turns out to be the winning lay up. Knight finished the game with a game high 33pts, scoring a total of 19pts in the 2nd half and OT alone. Like Newson fellow Dorchester senior Marcus Neal finished with 16pts.
New Mission 66 Snowden Intertional 50
A game that turned out to be more competitive then people assumed would be. For three quarters, Snowden defiantly gained the respect of a lot of spectators. Snowden was lead by three talented guards in Captains Javaughn Kittrell, Kareem Murrell, and Francis Depina. In the first half Kittrell (12pts) and Murrell (6pts) carried the scoring load for Snowden. But in the 2nd, point guard Francis Depina emerged scoring 12 of his 15pts all in the 3rd and 4th quarter. Ultimately New Mission balanced scoring proved to be too much for Snowden.
In the middle Snowden had no answer for New Mission big man Frederick Rivers who lead all scorers with 21, while future Franklin Pierce Raven Asante Sandiford finished with 12pts, six which came by way of one hand jams. Senior Shaquan Murray would finished with 14pts, knowing his spots when his team needed a basket. This game gives New Mission head coach Corey McCarthy his 200th Career Win.
New Mission will take on East Boston tonight at Madison park High School for the City Championship.