CHARLESTOWN, Mass. -- Despite defeating Boston Cathedral 76-48, today's victory was not handed to the Townies.
Senior Tyrik Jackson had 11 rebounds, six points three blocks and a steal to lead the Townies in the paint and senior Omar Orriols found his stroke and lit up the Panthers for 20 points, including shooting 3-4 from the line and three three-pointers. He also added 9 rebounds, 3 assists and three steals, playing well on the perimeter and down low.
“I tell the guys all the time, you sacrifice an open shot for a better shot we’ll be fine”, said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso.
Junior Tyrese Hoxter -- whom Cardoso has fielded calls from Kansas State, Providence and Lehigh for college plans -- scored seven of his eleven points in the fourth quarter, including back to back break away dunks off of Townie steals.
His first such dunk was a one-hander with little flair. The second, a two-handed monster ball with a little hang time on the rim, brought a lot of excitement from the home crowd.
“We’ve got three-four guys who can score twenty points any given night.”
Staying Hungry: Charlestown led 16-12 at the end of the first quarter, and there was not much change in production in the second, with the halftime score of 38-25. There were opportunities for the Townies to open up the score in that first half, but the pieces did not come together. Cardoso expressed his concern to the squad at the break.
“‘Guys, we need to stay consistent for four quarters. Let’s go out there and pick it up every play and don’t take breaks’”, said Cardoso to his players.
By the end of the third, the Townies had opened up to a 19-point lead, and by the end of the game a 28-point victory. Going into the playoffs, this game is truly a lesson for the players who have not experienced an opponent coming from behind to beat you -- do not let it happen.
“It reminded me of Central Catholic last year," Cardoso said. "We had a ten-point lead and we blew it in about twenty seconds. I tell guys we have to get better at keeping our leads.”
Give Up The Goods: Charlestown’s aggressive defense, playing passing lanes and leaving little space between themselves and their offensive counterparts, led to seven different Townies getting peels tonight, including three with at least two steals.
Orriols Knows The Floor: Carsoso said that he appreciates having a shooter like Omar on his team, and knows that on any given night he is going to light up the scoreboard with his shot and make defenders overplay him, allowing his teammates to score, but banging in the post, allowing the Townies to get more scoring opportunities and to take some from the opposition is huge.
“I tell Omar you should be getting at least eight rebounds a game,” said Cardoso the game’s leading scorer who also met his coach’s rebounding quota.
“That’s two rebounds a quarter. He’s actually getting more aggressive, also realizing, ‘When I crash the boards, I get an easy layup’”, Cardoso said, paraphrasing Orriols.
In the second quarter, Orriols completed his only three point play of the game, but for the most part, he chose to shoot outside shots and had success with it. At times, Orriols struggles finding his comfort zone from deep.
Today was not one of them.
“That’s what I do,” said Orriols. “I shoot.”