When the coaches voted last July to move away from the long standing city league alignment of having a north and a south and instead making three divisions based on the teams past performances it promised to make things a whole lot more interesting. With the top group consisting of heavyweights Charlestown, East Boston, New Mission, Brighton and Madison Park. The group certainly had the potential to offer a great game most nights. No one could predict what would transpire on Tuesday at the Matidome.
With Madison having lost to Eastie three times last year and being seconds away from clinching the city league they thought that Tuesday night was there chance to get some revenge on there home soil and get a leg up in the race for cities. In the first quarter Eastie got off to a good start and the back court trio of Sophomores Rasheed Bell, Dion Knight and Pat Santos caused early havoc on Madison’s in experienced guards. Eastie jumped out to a 10-2 run in the first 7 minutes before 6-4 senior David Stewart answered with a basket. The first quarter was ugly as both teams missed shots and free throws. 6-5 Senior Will March who rolled his ankle last weekend started out the game with a quick 4 points before being hampered by foul trouble all night long.
As the second quarter progressed the Jets continued to trap but could not turn the stops into points. David Stewart showed that he is one of the best players in the state as he carried madison in the second quarter and with the momentum the Madison team came alive and started to play well. Madison got a spark plug when junior Johnny Bowden came into the game and made one huge three with the shot clock down to 1 that cut the lead to 19-12 and from there Madison would get two straight buckets to cut the half time lead to three trailing by a score of 19-16.
The third quarter was where it looked like Madison might get blown out being down by as many 10 before David Stewart started to will his way to the basket and had 8 points and along with the solid play of Johnny Bowden. With Will March being saddles with 4 fouls Stewart was simply too big and strong for the Jets. Madison took a 32-29 lead heading into the 4th.
Rasheed Bell and Dion Knight 2 sophomores that earned there stripes tonight played incredibly composed and played superbly well in the 4th quarter in front of a raucous Madison crowd. Both teams would trade blows in the fourth quarter with Madison using the strength of Stewart and Eastie riding the hot hand of Bell the game was coming down to the wire. On a offensive rebound Stewart made the layup which would put Madison up 39-38. New Eastie coach Shaun Brown called timeout and the resulting play led to a Rasheed Bell rebound after Kenny Ramos missed the shot and a foul. With the home crowd in full effect the young sophmore who had played well this fall with his aau team LOX missed the first but drilled the second. Madison had the ball with 10 seconds left Madison drove the ball down and kicked it to Johnny Bowden for a three point attempt but was inexplicably fouled by WIll March and with only 1 second remaining and the score tied the Madison faithful were sure that they were going to get over the hump and avenge the city league loss. The first shot was nothing but net so was the second and you could see on the Eastie bench they let one get away. Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson calls timeout. Madison up 2 with 1 second left in the game Bowden misses the 3rd free throw after being told to by Coach Wilson. Pat Santos got the rebound and threw a long baseball desperation heave into the bottom of the net and Eastie had won. One of the greatest city games in recent memory ended in utter heartbreak for Madison as that was a once in a lifetime shot. Rasheed Bell lead Eastie with a double double as he had 16 points and 10 rebounds and david stewart paced Madison for 15 points and 13 rebounds.
Charlestown Topples Brighton
Not one of the best showings from both teams but it was a statement by Charlestown. After getting pummeled the first 2 games of the season the Townies came out last night and did a 180 at the hands of a win against the Brighton Bengals.
The game started off slow with both teams combined for 15 turnovers in the first period to the tune of a 12-9 score.
In the 2nd period Charlestown came out hot with the strong play of Alijah Robinson (13pts, 7reb, 4blk) and Junior swingman Taris Wilson (game-high 17 pts). Both players repeatedly made loud statements on the defensive end with blocked shots and on the offensive end with loud finishes at the rim.
Brighton never really found there groove missing multiple shots from outside as the Townies zone defense prevented the Bengals from getting anything going to the basket.
Charlestown would continue their offensive assault in the 2nd half winning 66-47 for their first win of the season. Malik James finished with a team high 11 points for the Bengals