Boston High School: Andrew Mackinlay

BC High cruises past Marshfield in D1 South

March, 4, 2011
MARSHFIELD, Mass. -– No. 4 Marshfield tied up the game at 13 with 1:40 left in the first quarter, but that was as close as the Rams came to avoiding an upset by No. 13 BC High, which rolled through the rest of the game and closed out by 23 at 66-43 as the buzzer sounded in their Division 1 South first round victory.

The Eagles move on to play at rival Catholic Memorial (14-7) on Saturday at 4 p.m.

“I think when you’re playing teams like BC, you’ve got to get them early, and we didn’t,” Marshfield head coach Bob Fisher said.

BC High (13-8) jumped out to a 7-0 lead by limiting the Rams (15-4) offensively, including holding their high scorer Barrett Murphy (23 points, nine from free throw line) to one side of the court. Playing the passing lanes aggressively led to steals and coast-to-coast layups by senior captain Bryan Hurley (20 points, eight assists, seven steals) and Jameilen Jones (10 points, 10 rebounds, six steals four blocks).

“We knew that if we could stop [Murphy] that was huge,” Hurley said of Murphy, who only scored five points and an assist in the first quarter. “Not only does he score, but he distributes the ball really well. So, we figured with our zone if we’d force him right because he likes to go left and shoot off of that. Once he slows down, and we stop their best player, that affects the rest of the team’s confidence.”

“We really feed off of our defense,” BC High head coach Bill Loughnane said. Jones, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, made a huge impact on defense and the boards, making two blocks, a steal and four rebounds in the first quarter alone. “He’s active, he’s athletic, very smart, has a very high IQ basketball wise and when he’s moving like that, he makes everyone’s job a little bit easier.”

Only down by four after the first quarter, the Rams looked to have a chance, spreading out the court and getting some shots up in the second half of the quarter, but the BC defense kept them to seven points in the second; three free throws by Murphy and two field goals by Andrew MacKinlay (five points, three rebounds).

“Murphy is our team, but we need other kids to step up,” added Fisher of Murphy, who also had 14 rebounds. No other Marshfield player tallied any statistic in double figures for the game. “They had a difficult time stepping up as a group.”

The Eagles, on the other hand, got into formation and extended their offensive set with five players sharing their 15 points in the second, manifesting nothing spectacular on the stats sheets for an individual, but doubling up on a team in the playoffs spoke volumes for the team’s cooperative effort. Leading the quarter in scoring were sophomore Malique McLaren (10 points) and junior Justin Roberts (10 points) with four points each. Junior forward Oderah Obukwelu (seven points, nine rebounds) got an offensive rebound, scored and completed a three point play for his scoring addition in the quarter, while Jones and Hurley each scored a bucket.

Hurley could have easily scored ten points in the quarter, but he has a larger picture in mind than padding his stats. He cares about his guys.

“I like to get my teammates involved early, making sure their confidence is up,” Hurley said. “Especially being the only senior, we need confidence with some of the younger guys. It’s huge. Once they get it, they can go through the roof and do anything.”

And so went the remainder of the game, as the Eagles led by 12 at the half, 19 at the end of the third and 23 when the fat lady belted her tune.

Even though two-thirds of the Eagles’ roster is above 6-foot and look down at his 5-foot-10 from when he’s commanding the offense, Hurley brings something to the table that can’t be measured with a yard stick, tape measure or even the scoreboard.

“He’s just one of those kids who leads by example,” added Loughnane. “He plays hard all the time, he’s always positive with the kids, he’s always encouraging them and it’s going to help them all later on basketball wise.”

Marshfield sinks No. 9 New Bedford in 2OT

February, 5, 2011

MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- It was typical Bob Fisher stuff at halftime.

"He came out on fire," laughed Marshfield sophomore guard Alex White when asked bout the head coach's speech, trailing by 12 at the break. "Just the usual, how he always does it. Motivates us, screams at us, whatever he has to do to get us to win."

"Relentless defense," chimed junior forward Erik Whitaker.

And at the two most crucial points of the Rams' comeback bid against much-hyped No. 9 New Bedford, both answered his call. First, it was the 5-foot-7 White putting back an air-ball three at the buzzer to force overtime. Then in the first overtime, it was Whitaker collapsing to the paint and drawing a charge with four seconds left to force another five minutes. The Rams went up by as much as five in the second and final overtime, and got key free throws down the stretch to ice an 88-86 win over the hamstrung Whalers, prompting the raucous home crowd to storm the court.

"That was a state tournament atmosphere," New Bedford head coach Tom Tarpey said. "You know, it was a great game, great high school basketball game. I'm proud of these kids. We've been through alot in these last two days, and I'm really proud of these kids. Really proud."

New Bedford was also down their top scorer and most dangerous finisher, Division 1 prospect Jules Tavares, who was reportedly suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules the night prior. Tarpey responded "I don't know" when asked about a timetable on Tavares' return.

Meanwhile, Fisher found himself praising his team's defense at the most pivotal turns of the game.

"I thought defense won the game for us," Fisher said. "You look at the scoreboard and you say, 'Jesus, neither team played defense'. But I thought our defense, our pressure, as the game went on, got to them. You're not supposed to be able to press them, but our kids got alot of buckets off the press. And our kids hung tough, even though our best player fouled out."

Yes, after trailing by as much as 15 in the second half, and 55-43 to start the fourth quarter, Barrett Murphy (33 points) led the Rams (11-2) on a furious comeback, as they outscored the Whalers 28-16 in the final frame. Murphy, who totaled 24 points in the second half, pulled up for a three-pointer from the top of the key for a 66-64 Marshfield lead with 1:01 left, to cries of "MVP!" from the student section. He then set up White's heroics by closing the Whalers' lead to 70-69 with another three from the same spot with 20 seconds left.

At the other end, Cameron Walker (20 points, seven rebounds) hit the first of two free throws to give New Bedford (9-3) a 71-69 lead with seconds remaining. Andrew Mackinley scooped up the loose ball, ran the length of the floor, and White was there in perfect position under the hoop to get the airball, tossing it back up and kissing the glass as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.

"I was looking for the pass, I didn't see one and I saw a shot go up," White said. "No one was around me, but I felt someone behind me on my back. So I got the rebound, and just went up hard with it."

Murphy then picked up his fifth foul less than two minutes into the overtime on a blocking call -- "That was a charge, no question," he chuckled later -- and sat on the bench while some of Marshfield's most unsung players turned in their best defensive rotations of the night.

Whitaker came up with his most pivotal rotation in the waning seconds of the first overtime. New Bedford's Jonathan Fortes (22 points, 11 rebounds) took the ball in the halfcourt, and three Whalers stacked the left corner for an isolation play. As the final seconds ticked away, Fortes drove to his right from the top of the key as a crowd of Marshfield players collapsed into the paint. Whitaker planted his feet, and took a hard shoulder as Fortes committed an offensive foul with 4.8 seconds to go.

Asked if he had anticipated a clear-out, Whitaker said, "I knew it was going to be an isolation, and he was going to try and drive and dish it to the kid. But I knew he was going to take one extra step when he put his head down, so I knew I had a chance to step in."

Marshfield went up by as much as five in the second overtime, 86-81, before icing the game with two trips to the free throw line at the end of the game.

Even without Tavares, the Whalers posed matchup problems in the post, especially with 6-foot-5, 260-pound center Lance Burlingame. The bulky but mobile post player, an ESPNBoston All-State selection in football, came up with 21 rebounds to go along with 13 points in the loss, tipping many balls just out of reach of Marshfield players and muscling his way into its grasp.

"That's what we need out of him," Tarpey said. "As long as he stays out of foul trouble, he should do that all game. He had been getting in alot of foul trouble lately, so that was it."