Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Top-Ranked Tech Boston Blows by New Mission Behind Browder

By: Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612)

Hyde Park, Mass. – Fall behind Tech Boston for a moment, and it is nearly impossible to recover.

On Wednesday, the No. 1 Bears provided an offensive avalanche as they went on the road to defeat New Mission, 88-49, behind 23 points from sophomore Shamar Browder.

Joining in on the explosion for Tech Boston with Browder were seniors Walter Dew-Hollis (21 points, 5 rebounds) and Maurice Works (14, 7 rebounds).

At the other end, meanwhile, the Bears (14-0) used their speed, athleticism, pressure, and length to force New Mission turnovers in droves. In all the Titans turned it over 31 times, which led to 42 Tech Boston points.

When the Titans’ were able to get a shot off, a Bears’ defender often heavily contested it.

For the game, Tech Boston held New Mission to just 25-percent from the field and three-of-16 from three-point land.

“The pressure really got to them I think,” said Tech Boston coach Johnny Williams. “We have to use our speed because we don’t have a lot of height.”

After both teams started out relatively cold from the field, Works got the Bears started and helped them quickly pull away.

The senior guard went coast-to-coast on three consecutive trips to put Tech Boston up 16-6 after one quarter.

It was Works again to begin the second frame, this time showing off his range from well beyond the arc to increase the Bears lead up to 13.

Like sharks on a feeding frenzy, the Bears built off the spark from Works and quickly turned one Titan turnover in to multiple.

As soon as New Mission crossed half court Tech Boston brought the double team causing the ball to end up right in the hands of a Bears’ defender.

Over the following 45 seconds the Bears forced three turnovers, which led to three-point plays for both Dew-Hollis and Browder.

Dew-Hollis then capped off what was a 22-4 Tech Boston run, driving baseline and finishing through contact to put Tech Boston up 30-10.

“It’s all about team defense,” said Williams. “When we can’t force a turnover, we have to close out and team rebound as as collective group”

Tech Boston led by as many by 24 over the first two quarters, and took a 40-20 lead into the half, but in the opening minutes of the third quarter New Mission chipped away.

Abdul Teslin scored four early points and Juan Salas buried a corner three-pointer as part of a 14-4 New Mission run that cut the Bears lead to 14, 44-30.

The Bears’, however, had too many weapons.

Dew-Hollis began his second half scoring output by hitting a floater in the lane and Korvonne White-Hall finished a three-point play.

Browder put the game firmly out of reach, scoring eight points over the waning minutes of the quarter – including a runner at the buzzer – to put Tech Boston up 59-37 after three.

“Shamar (Browder) was excellent,” said Williams. “He is smart, he gets to the basket. He’s been playing with us for a long time despite only being a sophomore and it’s paid off.”

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