Boston High School: Alain Lenord

Brockton edges Westie in OT in D1 South

March, 4, 2011
BOSTON -- It was only fitting that Thursday night’s first round tournament game between West Roxbury and Brockton would end in overtime. Neither team could mount any type of substantial run until Brockton executed on both ends of the floor in overtime and pulled away with the 76-72 victory.

“There were times when they looked like they were going to put us away and there were times when we looked like we were going to put them away,” Brockton head coach Bob Boen said. “Neither team gave in.”

Both teams struggled to find any offensive rhythm out of the gate. The game would go back and forth, with each team causing chaos in the full court leading to numerous turnovers, layups and fouls on the other end.

West Roxbury senior forward Jason Hall was everywhere early. Hall scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and blocked two shots in the opening quarter giving West Roxbury a, 18-15, lead.

Each time one team looked to get rolling the other team would steal back the momentum, leading to a 32-32 halftime draw.
Brockton (14-7) came out with some fire in the third as senior Shane Sims (13 points) slammed home an inbounds pass to bring the crowd to their feet. Brockton also went to an effective zone that shut down Westie’s slashing attack. Sims scored five points in the quarter and senior Carl Joseph (14 points) sank two huge three-pointers to give the Boxers a, 53-47, lead heading into the final quarter.

The Raiders (15-7) battled back in the fourth behind Hall (14 points) and freshman guard Damion Smith, who scored all nine of his points in the final quarter. Westie a 66-63, lead with under a minute remaining but Brockton junior Jamal Reuben came up with a the answer on a big hoop to cut the lead to one. With under 20 seconds remaining freshman point guard Jonathan Joseph got a steal at midcourt and passed it up ahead to Sims, who was fouled on the play. Sims would make one free throw and Brockton’s defense would hold to send the game into overtime.

In overtime Brockton’s Reuben, Sims and Alain Lenord all scored, as the Boxer defense held strong to pull out the victory.

“The seniors came through in overtime for us,” Boen said. “Shane Sims and Alain Lenord stepped up and the seniors made the difference in the game. We were here last year going to the South finals and a lot of these guys were important players for us.”

“We came into the game underdogs,” Sims said. “We wanted to prove everybody wrong that we were not the underdog team. Our seniors kept our heads and that helped us get the win today.”

Brockton will take on a familiar foe in the next round when they travel to New Bedford, on Saturday at 7 p.m., to take on the Whalers in the rubber match between the two Big 3 rivals.

No. 11 Brockton spoils No. 4 NB's Big 3 opener

January, 18, 2011

BROCKTON, Mass. -- You couldn’t fault Brockton coach Bob Boen if his voice sounded a little hoarse after his team’s 88-74 win over Big Three rival New Bedford Tuesday night.

For the entire game, it seemed as if Boen was bellowing out to his players, pleading for them to slow down and play under control. Luckily for the hosts, his players listened, as their poise in the second half led them to an 88-74 win.

Up by six points at halftime, the Boxers (7-2 overall, 2-0 Big 3) fed the post on their first two possession of the third quarter and got five points out of it, capped by an old-fashioned three-point play by junior Jamal Reuben (10 points, nine rebounds). New Bedford never seriously threatened after that, slicing the deficit down to five at one point in the third quarter but never getting closer than nine in the fourth.

“We talked about being a little calmer on offense,” Boen said. “That first half we really didn’t run much. We were lucky; we made some good shots and got some good breaks. Second half we did say we want to calm down, we want to run some plays, get the ball inside and get some shots off the board. That’s exactly what we said at halftime.”

As has been the case in recent years, the Boxers had a balanced scoring sheet with four players hitting double-digits. Senior guard Alain Lenord led the way with 22 points. His 12 fourth-quarter points put any New Bedford (7-2, 0-1) comeback hopes to bed, as he drained a pair of 3-pointers off assists from sophomore point guard Jaylen Blakely (nine points, five assists) and buried all six of his foul shots.

As a team, Brockton made 19-of-23 shots from the charity stripe, while New Bedford struggled at a 15-of-28 clip.

Treace Macklin and Sayvonn Houston (six rebounds, four blocks) each finished with 10 points for the Boxers.

Senior Jules Tavares led the Whalers with 26 points and junior Cameron Walker added 20, but Brockton never allowed the visitors to get comfortable in the half-court set and there were only a handful of uncontested buckets. Senior Lance Burlingame was a force on the glass with 20 rebounds but New Bedford had trouble finishing inside.

As it tends to be when these teams meet up, the game was played at a furious pace, as the teams combined for over 140 shots. But Brockton was simply more efficient, hitting 31-of-70 attempts from the field and 7-of-18 from beyond the arc compared to the Whalers’ 25-of-73 and 9-of-27.

“A lot of bad shot selection,” New Bedford coach Tom Tarpey said. “We haven’t done that all year, even against St. John’s Prep. We didn’t run our offense. It was too much standing around. Guys were just standing around, trying to do it themselves. I think when we faced a little adversity they thought they could take it themselves. We’re too good of a team for that. We’ve got to have everybody touch the ball, have a couple ball reversals. That’s when we’re at our best.”

While the Whalers clearly weren’t, the Boxers were close to it. If they can maintain that level of play through February and March, opposing coaches will be the ones losing their voices.