Friday, March 23, 2018

Your 2018 MIAA Boys' Basketball End of Season Awards

Though it may have ended sooner than he would have liked, Thomas Shaughnessy's senior season at Needham was one for the books.   Photo by Eamon Convey.
 By SuiteSports Staff 

To cap off its MIAA Boys’ Basketball coverage, SuiteSports’ is proud to announce its award winners for the 2017-18 season.

For the second consecutive season, SuiteSports’ has decided on a Player of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Breakout Star of the Year, and Coach of the Year.

These decisions were made with regular season and postseason play both being taken into consideration.

Cambridge Native Jacquil Taylor Prepared for NCAA Tournament Moment at TD Garden

Photo courtesy of Purdue Athletics.
By Michael Abelson (@ABELS0N)

BOSTON - Jacquil Taylor’s future can be summed up in three words: To be continued.

The Purdue redshirt-junior has seen his career stop and start multiple times already in West Lafayette, but continues to persevere and keep a positive outlook on the universe.

Before joining the Boilermakers, the Cambridge native starred at Beaver Country Day School in Chestnut Hill, winning a pair of NEPSAC Class B championships. However, Taylor lost his junior year to a foot injury and has battled through injuries in two of his seasons in West Lafayette.

“I’ve gained so much respect for him, because his collegiate career hasn’t been easy dealing with the injuries,” Purdue assistant coach Brandon Brantley said. “One is that he’s an awesome teammate. (Taylor) comes with a positive attitude and wants to see his team do well.”

This weekend, Taylor will take to the court at the TD Garden, trying to help guide the Boilermakers to their first Final Four since 1980. It would take two wins on the famed Garden floor to get Purdue there, and Taylor, who has mostly served as a reserve throughout his career, could potentially play a large role in the two biggest Purdue basketball games in over 35 years.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Suite 16: Your MIAA Boys' Basketball All-State Team

 By SuiteSports Staff 

After an MIAA Basketball season that featured a number of breakout stars and sensational performances, SuiteSports is excited to announce this year's Suite 16, our annual MIAA Basketball All-State Team. 

Check back tomorrow as we unveil our player of the year, defensive player of the year, offensive player of the year, breakout star of the year, and coach of the year,

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

MIAA Boys' Basketball Top 25 Poll: The end of 2018

Where did the four MIAA state champions end up in our final statewide Top 25?

 By SuiteSports' Staff 

Our final rankings of the best boys' hoops teams in Massachusetts, as selected by our team of editors and correspondents.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 MIAA Boys' Basketball All-Tournament Team

Senior guard Walter Dew-Hollis helped TechBoston capture its first ever state championship, and was a nightmare for opposing defenses during the state tournament.   Photo by Joe Parello.
By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

The MIAA Basketball season has officially come to a close as the state finals in Springfield this past Saturday put a cap on another exhilarating season of high school hoops.

Mansfield claimed its first state championship in program history with a 67-54 win over Franklin in the Division 1 State Final, while TechBoston finished off a nearly flawless run in dominating fashion. Watertown completed its late postseason surge with a victory over Easthampton to claim the Division 3 title, and Angel Price-Espada put on a performance for the ages to guide Pope John to the Division 4 championship.

SuiteSports’ will have its full season All-State team out on Thursday, but for now here is our MIAA Boys' Basketball All-Tournament Team and Most Valuable Player.