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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Recap: No. 13 Eastie 70, Madison Park 63

By Shawn Myrick

EAST BOSTON, Mass. -- Pat Santos' magic was a little more subtle this time around, but the effect was all same.

The senior, whose nationally televised buzzer beater propelled East Boston to a 43-42 victory in its previous matchup with Madison Park, scored 10 points and assisted three in the third quarter to complete a 17-point comeback for the Jets.

Aided by fellow senior Will March, Santos and the host No. 13 Jets (9-4, 2-3) overcame Madison Park (4-7, 1-4) in the third quarter for a 70-63 win and a season sweep of its Boston City League A Division rival.

“We won by more and (it) did not have to come down to the last shot,” said Santos. “We are good at the transition so we just had to play good defense and make them turn the ball over. Trap and bring the other guy to help”

East Boston outscored MP 18-10 in the third to grab its first lead since the opening 22 seconds.

After completing an alley-oop off a throw in to March, Santos (16 points) stole a Cardinals pass near half court and finished the counter layup for knot it at 51-51 at 1:50. A shot-clock beating floater and an old-fashion three by the guard edged the Jets ahead 56-51 a minute later.

“I am just the help side so I see the ball,” said Santos. “Once the ball goes I am moving with (it).”

“We talked about taking care of the ball, rebounding and boxing out,” added East Boston coach Shawn Brown.

March, a 6-foot-3 forward, scored the Jets' first eight points of the third and tallied 12 total in the quarter to prompt the comeback. The forward finished a 45-32 lay-in off a steal and assist from Santos to start his tear then finished another assist in the paint from Santos for the 47-38 edge at 4:40.

“(Stewart) kicked his butt in the first half,” said Brown. “Right now he is taking your lunch money so what are you going to do about it. The second half he came out and he performed.”

Madison Park had previously gone on a 13-2 run midway through the second quarter to grab a game-high 37-20 lead at 3:35. Senior David Stewart bodied a defender and tallied a three-point play to start the tear at 26-18 with 5:44 left in the first half.

Two minutes later, junior Johnny Bowden nailed a quick three-pointer off an inbound, and Stewart added a free throw for the 37-20 advantage.

“We played very aggressive, a lot of composure (and) we did not let the press affect us,” said MP coach Dennis Wilson. “Broke the press with composure, good passes and execution. (It) is affective when you panic, throw errant passes and travel.”

Bowden had rolled off a pick and nailed an end-line trey for the first double-digit margin at 20-19 with 1:32 left in the first quarter. The Cardinals also worked passes to Stewart around the free-throw lane throughout the first half to draw the defense out and open up underneath.

The 6-foot-3 senior center tallied 16 points and eight rebounds, with 12 points coming in the first half.

“They are going to double-team David,” said Wilson. “We have options off our offense when they double team him.”

“That is a key for our guys trying to figure out where he is,” added coach Brown.

Eastie ran a man-to-man press throughout a majority of the game, with the defense proving more effective in the second half.

“We like to push up the tempo (and) try to create turnovers and easy baskets,” said Brown. “We are struggling in the half court so for us our defense it is a way of trying to get easy baskets.”

The former City North champs have won the previous seven matchups between the two squads, including a 60-59 victory in last years' City League Tournament finals.