Boston High School: Akosa Maduegbanum

Run 'N' Gun, with Townie swagger

February, 26, 2011
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ROXBURY, Mass. -- Charlestown's Tyrik Jackson has taken a liking to calling East Boston's Kenny Ramos "little" when the two match up, as they did for a third time in last night's Boston City Championship final at Madison Park High School. And when the 6-foot-5 junior swatted the 6-foot-3 Ramos' layup to the wall, early in the fourth quarter, the Townies' pivot man in the post had a special message for the swatee: "Get your weight up."

Ramos, frustrated, pushed Jackson's face, and the two had to be separated, though no fouls were handed down.

"It's a tough battle with him," Jackson said following the Townies' 63-56 win that gave them their first City title since 2006. "It's been going on since the first time we played (a Charlestown win in December). We're the big guys in the middle, so we're battling every game."

At this point in the season, with these two long-time fierce rivals, stuff like that is expected. But that aside, there seems to be a special jump in the Townies' step in the month of February, a jolt not seen in their stagnant loss to Franklin at the beginning of January, but first put on in their upset of St. John's Prep at the beginning of this month.

Sure, the Townies make no apologies about their inclination for the transition game, often preferring to score in the 80's and taking hard charges to the basket with lengthy swingmen like Akosa Maduegbunam and Tyrese Hoxter. But perhaps overlooked is their aggression at the other end of the floor, where they play a swarming man-to-man defense with aggressive help.

How efficient was that help last night? In the second half, the Jets were held without a basket for nearly four minutes during a span over the third and fourth quarters; meanwhile, after solid first halves, stars Jeff Amazon, Kwandel Bush and Walter Lewis were held to eight, eight and five points respectively over the final 16 minutes.

"Nah, we 'D' up," Jackson barked when asked about his team's high-octane characterization. "We're tough, we're a tough team. We 'D' up, and we're tough, but we can score too...everybody's got to help each other, it's a team, a five-man team."

Said Maduegbunam, "We are a run and gun team, there's no secret about that. [But] defense is our forte, we're going to try and stop the ball, because you can't run without the ball. That's how we get our job done. You've got to take it offensive (personally) if your man scores on you."

There are teams that like to run, and then there are teams that run with a purpose. Based on their run in the City's these past 48 hours, the Townies fall into the latter. The tone is set in practice, where players are in each other's faces, sometimes even stirring up fights.

"When we're in practice, it's like a football practice," head coach Edson Cardoso said. "Because we go hard, we hit each other. Guys have had broken noses before, broken jaws, broken fingers, we just work hard. We're aggressive. And the guys like to get at each other in practice, and when they come out aggressive in a game like this it pays off."

Perhaps there are few better examples of work ethic in the city than that of Maduegbunam. The long, 6-foot-4 slasher -- whom Eastie head coach Malcolm Smith called "a purebread athlete...a major Division 1 athlete" -- shows up on the recruiting radar for his above-the-rim approach, physical drives and ability to step out for a three. But his true marksmanship is in the way he follows his man around the perimeter. On most nights, his long legs give him an advantage when shuffling around the key; and it's the countless hours of work that's gone into that first-step explosion that makes him so dangerous.

Shell drills, defensive slides, lane slides and after-hours workouts in the weight room aren't enough. Twice a week, Maduegbunam heads down to the pool at the Charlestown Community Center, where he's a member, and does the same routine again -- slides, squats and sprints, all with his legs submerged.

"I've got to get in my individual stuff, you know?" Maduegbunam smiled.

Cardoso called Maduegbunam's preseason workout regimen "incredible for a high school player".

"He's a great athlete, but he still works on his quickness," Cardoso said. "He's jump roping all the time, he's doing squats, he's just got the mentality that he wants to get better and better, and he wants to become more and more athletic -- which is scary. I think he's a great athlete, and he just wants to continue becoming a better athlete."

Brendan Hall is a high school editor at ESPNBoston.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Charlestown takes Boston City championship

February, 26, 2011
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ROXBURY, Mass. -- On February 1st, two days after knocking off the No. 1 team in the state, Charlestown was edged out by East Boston 65-61, tying the season series between the rivals. Tonight, with the city championship on the line, the Townies jumped out to an early 12-4 lead, and held tight to defeat Eastie 63-56 to return the Boston City Championship trophy to Medford Street, as the Jets made Charlestown win a dog fight to earn that privelege.

“We got punched in the mouth last game,” said Charlestown junior guard Akosa Maduegbunam (15 points, five rebounds), the tournament's MVP, referring to the February 1st loss. “And we punched them back.”

In the fourth quarter, Charlestown was outscored 17-10, which was not surprising or impressive to East Boston (16-5) coach Malcolm Smith.

“It’s natural evolution,” said Smith. “A wounded beast, what happens? He starts to attack. When the chips are down, and there is nothing to lose, your wounded, so now you’re going to attack… I could deal with the loss, but I just didn’t think that we competed for four quarters. I think we competed for a quarter and a half.”

The scoring in the fourth for the Townies was also tempered by a promise Cardoso made to his players.

“I told the guys that the next person that takes a long jump shot and doesn’t run the set play is going to sit down,” Cardoso said. “They wanted to stay on the court and play, so they settled down, played defense and ran the offensive sets and started sharing the basketball. The mission of the fourth quarter was to maintain the lead and execute.”

The Townies led 37-27 at the half, with the final five points coming from sophomore guard Omar Orriols, who he came off the bench and grabbed four of his nine rebounds in the second quarter before making a shot.

“The last couple of games, I haven’t been so productive on the offensive end, so I just wanted to something instead of scoring, which was rebounding.”

Orriols eventually scored to double his team’s lead just before halftime, and hit another three in the third quarter, but he needed the support of an elder guard to get into his scoring groove.

“Akosa [Maduegbunam] came up to me during the game and said, ‘Omar, play with confidence. Shoot the ball with confidence’," Orriols said. "[His words] helped me boost my game.”

Cardoso added that Orriols is a bellwether instrument for how his team is faring.

“Omar is our x-factor. When Omar plays well offensively and defensively, we win a lot of games.”

Sophomore guard Tyrese Hoxter came up big for the Townies as well, scoring thirteen points, by shooting from the perimeter and driving to the basket, stealing the ball three times and assisting on seven shots. Even though he didn’t score in the fourth, he felt his teammates had the game under control.

“I know my teammates can score just as well as I can,” said Hoxter. “So when they collapsed on me, I just kicked it out to them.”

“I don’t want all the awards,” Charlestown junior Rony Fernandes said. He scored eleven points, had six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block, he was not looking to score more as he can, he played an unselfish game for a worthy cause. “I just wanted the ‘W’."

SMOOTH OPERATOR

In the fourth quarter, junior center Tyrik Jackson (six points, seven rebounds) blocked an East Boston attempted shot out of bounds, drawing ‘ooohs’ and ‘aaaahs’ from the packed crowd. The Eastie player pushed his palm into Jackson’s face, but while some of the Charlestown players came to his defense, Jackson walked away and avoided the fracas.

“We’ve been talking about mental toughness all year,” said Cardoso. “He could have went and smushed the kid back, but he kept his poise, thought about the big picture in winning the game, and stayed steady.”

'The Town' reclaimed in City semi's

February, 25, 2011
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ROXBURY, Mass. -- Like several other of his Charlestown teammates, Akosa Maduegbanum couldn't help but snicker when the Townies' opponent in this Boston City Championships semifinal, West Roxbury, came onto the court wearing green shirts, with "We Run This 'Town'" written across the front in Townie red.

"I kinda scratched my head and I said, 'I'm a Townie. I run this town'," the 6-foot-4 junior swingman cracked.

And true to his word, the Townies defended Bunker Hill from all the way across the city on Malcolm X Boulevard, as they cruised to a 79-65 victory over the Raiders at Madison Park High School, and move on to face archrival East Boston for a third time this season, in the City Finals at the same location tonight.

As expected, the highly-touted Maduegbanum filled up the stat sheet with his explosive athleticism, charging through the lane on fast breaks en route to a team-high 20 points, and added seven rebounds. But the real key to this game relied in the manner in which forward CeeJae Dowell muscled his way to racking up 15 boards. Most importantly, eight of those came in the final frame, as the Raiders (15-6) -- known for their skilled shooting -- lined up perimeter shot after perimeter shot. He was also crucial on the Townies' end, as seven of his 15 rebounds were on the offensive glass.

"CeeJae, he's been carrying us all season long, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds," Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso said. "It gets ugly, it gets nasty, but he's been big, and really he's been the guy that's been carrying us all year."

Said Dowell, "At first it was hard in the fourth quarter, because my legs weren't that strong, but I had to kick in. That's all."

The Townies went on a 17-3 run in the second quarter, and went into the break with a 32-25 lead. Westie continued to chip away at the Townies, trailing 51-41 headed into the final frame and eventually cutting the lead to four with four minutes to go in the contest. Freshman Damion Smith (11 points) hauled in an errant three-point attempt by Charlestown's Iser Barnes, and heaved a long lob to fellow frosh Mike Rodriguez for an easy breakaway layup.

Westie wouldn't register another field goal again until a little over a minute remained in the contest, by then the Townies already ahead 75-59. Overall, the Townies outscored Westie 15-4 over the final four minutes, filled with hard-charging drives to the lane to draw fouls, and one big one-handed slam by junior Tyrik Jackson (10 points).

"Alot of people are expecting us to lose. We've got targets on our back," Maduegbanum said. "We kind of played to show people who [we are], to prove people wrong."

Seniors Roger Paul and Jason Hall led the way for Westie with 13 and 14 points, respectively, while Rony Fernandes was the fourth and final Townie hitting double-figures with 12.

Eastie takes round two with No. 4 C'Town

February, 17, 2011
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BOSTON -- The range of emotions for East Boston in its 65-61 win over Charlestown on Wednesday at the Vennochi Athletic Center probably resembled the heart monitor of a patient going into cardiac arrest.

The Jets were up by 19 in the first half, then watched it dwindle away. They saw the Townies heat up from outside in the fourth, to going scoreless in the game’s most important minutes.

Lastly, the Jets saw Walt Lewis drain a 3-pointer with the shot clock buzzer sounding to push them ahead for good at 62-61 with just over a minute left to go in the game. For those counting at home, those valuable three points were the only ones Lewis recorded on the night.

All of that drama — not to mention the raucous crowd on either side of the arena — could drive even the sanest coach a little crazy.

So at the end of the game, when a majority of the fans had left the building, all Jets head coach Malcolm Smith could do was look for a place to sit down.

“As a coach getting down this deep in to the season your mind is on a lot of things: seedings, pairings, health-wise and everything else,” said Smith, whose Jets have already punched their tickets to the postseason with a 15-3 record. “To be honest, the game was a blur to me until the third quarter.”

What Smith might have missed was his team coming out and dominating the Townies (18-2) on both ends of the court. The Jets’ stifling zone defense forced the Townies into deep perimeter shots allowing the home team to build a 22-9 first quarter lead.

Kenny Ramos had 21 points for the game, with 10 of those coming in the first quarter. He was a force on the inside and had the strength to get up three continuation plays, in which he converted two.

That dominance by the Jets carried over into the second quarter as the lead swelled to 30-11.

But the Townies slowly and surely started climbing back in the game. Picking up pressure at halfcourt, the zone defense by the Jets could never get set, as the Townies did a better job on the glass and got the ball directly into the speedy Rony Fernandes on the break.

“We started boxing out. We started extending our defense and help-siding gaps,” Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso said. “We just played fundamental defense and that’s what got us back in the game.”

The Townies finished off the half with a strong 18-5 run, bringing the deficit to six.

Eastie clung to a 48-46 lead at the end of three thank to a jumper before the buzzer by Algino Jean. But Akosa Maduegbunam’s 3-pointer from straightaway gave the Townies their first lead of the game 22 seconds in to the fourth.

“When you play a great team like that, one offensive rebound, one leak out of bad transition defense can spark (a run),” Smith said.

Fernandes’ left-handed runner of the glass gave the Townies a 61-59 lead with 1:38 left to go in the game, which drew a timeout from Smith.

The play that was designed out of the timeout never surfaced, and Lewis was forced to throw up a shot with one second remaining on the shot clock, which he drained with a defender draped all over him.

“I knew I had an off shooting night,” said Lewis. “But my team needed me at the end.”

The Jets clamped down defensively over the final minute of play to hold the Townies without a field goal, while Kwandell Bush made 3-of-4 free throws to ice the game.

No. 4 C'Town blitzes No. 20 WC

February, 6, 2011
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WHITINSVILLE, Mass. -- Charlestown jumped out to an early 10-2 lead less than three minutes into the game and never looked back, defeating the Whitinsville Christian School 78-67 last night in front of a packed house.

“I told the guys that we need to continue to run our transition offense,” Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso said. “I told the guys to get the ball up, push it, find an open man, get [a shot], get back on defense. That’s the style we play at Charlestown.”

The player who caused the most problems for the Townies (13-1) was 6-foot-9 center Hans Miersma, who was able to tally 18 points and 14 rebounds despite fouling out with more than six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

“I told Tyrik [Jackson, Charlestown’s tallest player at 6 foot-5] to get some rest because he’s going against a big boy,” said Cardoso. “Pretty skilled kid and he’s strong. I told Tyrik just play the game that you’ve been playing.”

Unfortunately for Jackson, Miersma won the battle, out-hustling Jackson on the boards (three rebounds), but Jackson was still tenacious on the defensive end, blocking four shots and two steals while producing decent offense numbers with 11 points.

Charlestown's two leading scorers on the day were juniors Rony Fernandes and Akosa Maduegbunam, with 17 each. Maduegbanum scored first by knocking down a three-pointer, one of three for him on the game, in the game's opening minute. He felt that he turned on the offensive machine because they were keying on him, as the team did not forget what he did last year in their matchup.

“I think I had seven 3’s or something like that last year,” said Maduegbunam. “They put their best defender on me and he made me work for my points. All over the court I could hear, ‘Guard him’, ‘Don’t leave him’… My defender did a good job of [calling for help], he didn’t give me breathing space.”

Fernandes contributed two steals and a block on the defensive end, acknowledging his the team’s scoring capabilities, but maintaining that the capacity to score is largely based on the defensive pressure that he and the Townies kept on the Crusaders (11-2).

“Defense, defense, pressure all of the time,” said Fernandes. “We knew it was a hostile environment, and this is a big game for them, so we wanted to lock them down on defense.” The point guard said that Cardoso has been guiding the team on playing under pressure with their new success in knocking off formerly undefeated St. John’s Prep by 16 points last week.

“We’re every team’s big game,” Fernandes said. “We just have to calm down and run our sets. Everybody contributed… we as a team rebounded and played d[efense].”

Omar Orriols (14 points, three steals) also credited the Townies’ defense in his early scoring, with two 3-pointers in the first quarter.

“Defense is our number one thing,” Orriols said. The junior also said that being aggressive and challenging Miersma in the paint was a calculated move after analyzing Whitinsville’s game plan at halftime.

“The second half was mostly attacking the hole,” added Orriols. “We found out that he was their main option so we had to attack him and try to get him into foul trouble and get him out of the game.”


'One for the city': Townies shock No. 1 SJP

January, 29, 2011
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. -– Charlestown happens in the fourth quarter.

Coach Edson Cardoso and the Townies dominated the final quarter today, doubling up on St. John’s Prep 24-12 en route to a 72-56 victory, the first loss for the Eagles this season. Pat Connaughton (29 points) scored all of St. John’s field goals in the fourth, sinking three 3-pointers, the last at 4:11, and Steve Haladayna hit three out of five free throws for the remainder of the Prep offense down the stretch. The Townies ended the game on a 15-1 run.

“People say that we’re a great offensive team, but I say we’re a great defensive team and we’re starting to prove that game in and game out,” said Cardoso, whose team is allowing just 52.5 points per game.

The player whom he equates most with defense was the team’s leading scorer on the day, Akosa Maduegbunam (25 points).

“I asked him what he worked on this summer and he said ‘Coach, I worked on my defense.’ You don’t hear that from basketball players; it’s always shooting and dribbling.”

So when asked about his 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and three assists, Maduegbunam wanted to talk about his three steals.

“We played defense, that was our mindset,” said Maduegbunam. “To stop them and put the ball in the basket.”

Charlestown (12-1) met Prep during the preseason, but Maduegbunam thinks that there is a big difference between now and then.

“We scrimmaged them earlier in the year and they were more disciplined than us,” he admitted. “Everyone bought into the program, played their roles and we became a team. We are all meshing right now.”

St. John’s Prep (11-1) is known for running teams ragged, turning up the defensive pressure in the fourth to create offense, but the Townies play the same type of game. How do they prepare for this?

“Run,” said 6-2 junior Rony Fernandes who scored 20 points today, nine in the fourth quarter. “Run, run, all the time, run, sprints all the time. All we do in practice is run.”

They practice shooting, too. This is where Cardoso imparts upon his players the importance of attitude in game situations, especially when you are the underdog at home against the No. 1 team in the state.

“[Coach Cardoso] always tells me to stay strong and attack every time down the court,” said Fernandes. “It was a big game so I knew I had to step it up. When I saw a shot, I took it with confidence, because if you shoot with no confidence, it’s not going to go in.”

One young man who has confidence coming out of his back pocket is junior Tyrik Jackson, who at 6-foot-5 dominated the boards with 16 rebounds and seven blocked shots. He says it’s easy to play his role because it is well-defined.

“I get the rebounds and I block the shots,” said Jackson (6 points) coolly with his hood half on, ready to bear the frigid wind coming off of Boston Harbor. “That’s my role on the team… my teammates can score a lot.”

“He was being more physical than our guys,” said Prep coach Sean Connolly. “We were trying to box him out but he was just fighting around us. He had a very good game. He changed a lot of shots, so he was tough; he was a game changer for them.”

Connaughton was able to sink a three to tie the game at 52 with just fewer than six minutes left, but Maduegbunam came back down the court to drain a three, and the Townies never looked back.

“Akosa is such a competitor,” said Cardoso.

And he proved it at the end of the game.

Maduegbunam was trying to dribble but Prep players converged on him in the closing seconds, so he showed some of his crafty handle, dropped him shoulders low and laid the ball off the glass and into the hoop with time expiring.

“This is one for the city,” added Maduegbunam. “But we’re not done.”

No. 12 Franklin stays hot over No. 5 C'Town

January, 2, 2011
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FRANKLIN, Mass. -- Straight from the tip-off, it was obvious the championship game of the Franklin Holiday Hoop Classic would be an uptempo game. To start off the game, Franklin junior Jason McKie got a quick lay-up and then Charlestown sophomore Tyrese Hoxter registered an even quicker lay-up on the other end, making life for the stat keepers at the desk difficult.

And even though Franklin held a 20-point lead at the half, the Townies managed to chop away at the lead in the final quarter. But thanks to some heady play under the boards late, the Panthers were able to hold on for a 77-69 win to continue their surprising 5-0 start.

“Our strategy was to go fast on offense and slow them down on defense,” Franklin head coach Dean O’Connor said. “We tried to get easy baskets in the fast breaks and tried to make it so they don’t get easy baskets on offense. On defense, we tried to slow them down and make them move the ball around a little bit, which worked out well for us.”

Led by a handful of challenging shots and drives from Rony Fernandez (15 points, all in the second half) the Townies (3-1) stormed their way back into the game with each minute in the fourth. With 37 seconds left, Charlestown managed to fight all the way to make it a five-point deficit at 73-68. But Tyler Kessler grabbed a clutch rebound on a Charlestown miss and made outlet pass to Sam Bohmiller, who sunk two free throws to closeout the game. Free throws were a common theme for Bohmiller, as he went 10 for 10 from the line and finished the game with 12 points.

“Sam Bohmiller, who’s only a sophomore, probably played his biggest varsity game yet tonight. He did a great job under pressure,” senior captain and tournament MVP Kyle Gibson said. “He was able to work through the press and hit all of his free throws. We had some trouble rebounding the ball at times but in the end we just played team basketball and that helped us get the win.”

The track meet, however, started when Franklin took advantage of many unforced Charlestown turnovers, and went on a 14-4 run at the end of the first quarter. They were doing it all, whether it was executing their flex offense perfectly or getting steals and finishing at the basket effortlessly, and stretched the lead into the 20’s with an 11-2 run late in the second quarter.

Gibson (19 points, seven rebounds) powered many of Franklin’s first-half runs, whether he was killing his defender in the post or boxing out one of Charlestown’s high-flyers. Without question, his heightened rebounding ability has been one of the biggest keys for the Panthers so far.

“Before tonight, Kyle’s been averaging 22.5 points per game. He’s always been a good scorer but he’s rebounded the ball well lately along with being a good team leader," O'Connor said. "He is having a great year so far and we are very happy with him."

While Gibson and Bohmiller both had strong games, it might have been junior Jason McKie’s energy and defense that was the most important piece for Franklin.

“We’ve used Jason every game to cover the other team’s best perimeter player regardless of their size. Akosa [Maduegbunam] is a big guy and Jason is quick. Jason really made him work for the ball tonight,” said O’Connor.

McKie finished with 18 points, while Charlestown's star junior Maduegbunam -- stuck in foul trouble -- finished with an uncharacteristic 13.

“We’ve always been a fast break team and we continued that approach today," Gibson said. "They had to slow the game down at one point, since things were getting out of control, so we took advantage and got the win."

Little Things Make The Difference For Needham

Similar to the Franklin-Charlestown game, Needham held the lead for the majority of the game, but Medway chipped away at the lead throughout the game. Medway senior Joe Henry brought his inside-outside game at the Rockets, but fell short when Needham senior Kevin Farley hit two clutch free throws with 18 seconds remaining to escape with a 54-51 win.

No. 5 C'Town survives archrival No. 9 Eastie

December, 22, 2010
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BOSTON -- Charlestown jumped out to an 11-0 lead, but East Boston returned with a 9-0 set immediately after, setting the stage for a match where the Townies made their runs just in time to keep East Boston at bay, defeating the Jets 74-68 in Boston North play tonight.

“The Eastie-Charlestown rivalry is a 30-year rivalry,” said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso. “So we knew that they were going to come out to play to win. All I told my guys was to stay mentally tough throughout the game. When they get aggressive, we get aggressive, but to also stick with the game plan, which we did for most of the game.”

“These kids have resolve,” East Boston coach Malcolm Smith said of his team’s early recovery to remain in the game until the last buzzer. “I’ve got tough kids, but we weren’t physical enough, especially on the boards and making layups when it counted. We missed 17 shots from within four feet of the basket, and you’re just not going to win that way.”

Leading Charlestown with 19 points, 5 rebounds and two assists, C.J. Dowdell admitted that the game was trying.

“We had to go hard. If we didn’t go hard, they would’ve taken over the game. We were able to play hard, but also maintain our composure.”

Composure is not always easy to maintain, especially against an East Boston team that is notorious for their persistent defense, hustle and overall aggression.

With 2:04 left in the game and Charlestown up by only four, Akosa Maduegbunam (15 points, seven rebounds, block) plastered the backboard with an Eastie player’s attempted layup. The gymnasium was filled with tension from chants between the Townie and Jet fanfare and the bragging rights until February 1st, when the teams meet again was at stake with every play. A tussle for the rebound became extremely physical, resulting in a technical for each team, but neither was able to capitalize on the extra shots.

Charlestown had the lead, East Boston stayed at their heels, but the Townies did not back down at this point, something Maduegbunam thought was key to holding on for the win.

“East Boston likes to play aggressive, but we tried to stay focused, avoid getting a technical [foul], which we did eventually get," he said. "We couldn’t let them dictate our game, all we could do was match their intensity. But when someone throws a punch, you’ve got to react. I think that we reacted really well.”

Rony Fernandes (10 points, four rebounds) hit two free throws to put Charlestown up 68-62 with 1:30 left after coasting from one end of the court to the other, but the tenacious rebounding of sixth man Tyrik Jackson (10, including seven in the second half) kept the Jets from taking off with the game and allowed Charlestown to close out the game relatively comfortably.

“They weren’t boxing out at all,” said Jackson of his reflection on the Jets play at the half. “So I just went to the lane every time and just jumped.”

Preseason All-State Hoops squads

December, 8, 2010
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High school basketball season is finally upon us, and to kick things off, we're unveiling our All-State teams for both boys and girls basketball. Without further ado...

BOYS

ALL-MIAA

First Team
G – Joe Bramanti, Sr., Andover
F – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
F – Richard Rodgers, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F – Jake Layman, Jr., King Philip
C – Jimmy Zenevitch, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team
G – Victor Aytche, Sr., West Springfield
G – Steve Wynn, Jr., New Bedford
F – Samir McDaniels, Sr., New Mission
F – Akosa Maduegbanum, Jr., Charlestown
F – Noah Vonleh, Soph., Haverhill

Third Team
G – Zach Hurynowicz, Sr., Burlington
G – Jules Tavares, Sr., New Bedford
G – Jon Henault, Sr., St. Bernard’s
F – Shane Sims, Sr. Brockton
C – John Swords, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Mass. All-NEPSAC (post-grads excluded)

First Team
G – Rene Castro, Soph., Beaver Country Day
G – Marcus Grant, Sr., Lawrence Academy
F – Alex Murphy, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Kaleb Tarczewski, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Dennis Clifford, Sr., Milton Academy

Second Team
G – Jaylen Brantley, Soph., Wilbraham & Monson
G – Canaan Severin, Jr., Worcester Academy
F – Nik Stauskas, Jr., St. Mark’s
F – Andrew Chrabascz, Soph., Cushing Academy
F – Evan Cummins, Jr., Northfield-Mt. Hermon

GIRLS

First Team
G – Blake Dietrick, Sr., Wellesley
G – Kendall Burton, Sr., Newton South
G – Nicole Boudreau, Jr., Andover
G – Khadijah Ellison, Sr., Burke
F – Mariah Lesure, Sr., Amherst

Second Team
G – Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Sr., Andover
G – Briana Hunt, Sr., Newton North
F – Elizabeth Belanger, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
F – Leigha Tacey, Sr., Foxborough
F – Melissa Miller, Sr., Central Catholic

Third Team
G – Blake Underhill, Jr., Ashland
G – Gabie Polce, Sr., Central Catholic
G – Sophie Bikofsky, Sr., Newton South
F – Shannon Holt, Jr., Wachusett
F – Amanda Harrington, Sr., Sutton

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