Friday, February 23, 2018

MIAA Boys Basketball North and South State Tournament Seedings




By: Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

This morning, the MIAA North and South Tournament Directors announced the seeding for the 2018 boys basketball state tournament.

Below are the seeds for Divisions 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the North and South State Tournaments. Central seedings to follow.

Division 1 South

SEEDS: 1. Mansfield (20-2); 2. Needham (17-3); 3. Brockton (17-3); 4. Newton North (16-4); 5. Catholic Memorial (16-4); 6. Marshfield (14-4); 7. New Bedford (15-5); 8. BC High (14-6); 9. Wellesley  (14-6); 10. Brookline (14-6); 11. Quincy (14-6); 12. Bridgewater-Raynham (14-6); 13. Braintree (12-8); 14. Attleboro (13-9); 15. Taunton (11-9); 16. Newton South (6-12);

Matchups:

No. 16 Newton South at No. 1 Mansfield 
No. 9 Wellesley at No. 8 BC High
No. 13 Braintree at No. 4 Newton North
No. 12 Bridgewater-Raynham at No. 5 Catholic Memorial
No. 15 Taunton at No. 2 Needham
No. 10 Brookline at No. 7 New Bedford
No. 14 Attleboro at No. 3 Brockton
No. 11 Quincy at No. 6 Marshfield

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Keefer Delivers In Clutch to Send Cambridge Into The State Tournament with a Win


By: Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Cambridge, Mass. – In the waning moments of its final regular season game, Cambridge showed flashes of their two-time defending champion selves. 

With the Falcons and visiting Franklin tied at 49 and less than two minutes to go, Aidan Keefer connected on a baseline jumper to push Cambridge in front by two. At the other end, meanwhile, Cambridge’s defense took control and came away with three consecutive stops.

Khai Smith (9 points, 12 rebounds) and Jhyko Neal each split trips to the free throw line and the Falcons held on for a 53-49 win over Franklin at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School.

For a while, it looked as though Keefer’s game winning jump shot was never going to be a possibility.

Central Catholic Holds off Pope Francis in Opening Round of Cardinal Classic; Malden Catholic Bests St. Mary's (Lynn) in other Semifinal


By John McGuirk (@patsfan1313)

West Springfield, Mass. - The odds of scoring more than one goal against Matt Pasquale have been paper thin this season.

So after Central Catholic spotted its outstanding goaltender a two-goal lead, it appeared pretty safe that it would hold up. Despite some feverish third period play by Pope Francis, the Cardinals only managed to get one shot past the junior as the Raiders prevailed 3-1 Wednesday night in the opening round of the Cardinal Classic played at the Olympia Ice Center.

Central Catholic (20-1) will face Malden Catholic (8-8-3) in the championship tilt here on Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. The Lancers edged St. Mary's of Lynn in evening's other preliminary contest. Pope Francis will take on the Spartans in the consolation game at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

HOCKEY PHOTO GALLERY: Canton defeats Medfield and Coyle Cassidy tops Boston Latin


Photos by Eamon Convey (@ConveyWEEI)

Canton skated away from Medfield 2-0, while Coyle Cassidy won a 3-2 overtime thriller over Boston Latin to each advance to the championship of the 6th Annual Joe Quinn Tournament.

Canton and Coyle will battle each other Thursday at 7:30 pm for the title, but now check out these fantastic shots from both semifinal games, taken by our Eamon Convey. Note that you can click any image to enlarge and launch a slideshow.

For Hanover, One Title No Longer Feels Like Enough


Photo by Alex Bureau
By Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

As the clock slowly dropped towards zero, the Hanover crowd descended into a frenzy.

Holding a 49-38 lead in the Division 3 state championship over Palmer, Indians' point guard JP Landry dished a pretty pass to Matt Delahunt, who corralled the swing pass and knocked down a dagger three-pointer.

Soon, the all-too cliché chants from the Indians faithful ensued, while guard Aaron Boise helplessly tried to calm them down until the final buzzer sounded.

As the clock hit zero, the Indians’ bench rushed to embrace the stars that got them there, and their coach Nick Hannigan to celebrate the first boys' basketball state championship in school history.

Yet one look at the roster from that state championship Saturday, and it is to the surprise of no one that the Indians are right back less than a year later with the opportunity to do it all over again.