Boston High School: Araion Bradshaw

South Sweeps in Boston City All-Star Classic

April, 2, 2011

BOSTON -– “South Side” was the call of the day from fans and players alike at Northeastern University’s Cabot Gynamsium, after the Boston South swept the North in the Boston City League All-Star Classic. O'Bryant head coach Gertrude Fischer led the girls to a 48-26 victory, while Brighton's Hugh Coleman commanded the boys to an 83-68 win.

The boys game started with the North taking a 17-13 lead in the first quarter which ended with a long three pointer from Walter Lewis), draining it at the buzzer. The South came out on a 12-1 run in the second quarter and never looked back there. Coleman attributed the first quarter run by the North to nervousness on his team’s behalf; but as for the rest of the game, Coleman gave it up to team play.

“I tried to have a couple of practices with these guys so they would build up some chemistry together,” said Coleman.

They were able to turn it around in the second quarter with that chemistry, leading at the half by six, 34-28.

In the fourth, down by 16 at 61-45, the south went on a 15-4 run and came within five with 4:40 left in the game, but New Mission's Samir McDaniels (12 points, 10 rebounds) felt that when they were down both times that his team would open it up and bring home the victory.

“We’ve been practicing all week, getting to know each other, getting the feel of playing with each other,” said McDaniels. Although the win was good, McDaniels enjoyed the intangible feeling of taking part in a once in a life time event with a unique group of players.

In the fourth, East Boston’s Jeff Amazan had the lane open on a fast break, but he slowed down, threw the ball off the backboard and up came cross town rival Akosa Maduegbunam of Charlestown, to slam in the alley-oop. Eastie coach Malcolm Smith (viewing from the stands) was surprised to see that collaboration, but Amazan said it had been planned prior to it happening.

“It’s all about team work,” said Amazan. “There’s no point in going out there and being selfish, it’s an all-star game. Me and him had planned that. He told me to throw it off the backboard if he was behind me trailing… It was a good environment. Every came and showed out, had fun and had a good time.”

“Just the feeling of playing with these dudes..I’m never going play here with these guys again because most of us are seniors,” said McDaniels. “The feeling of playing here, that was real deep feeling."

In the preceding game pitting the North and South girls squads, there was no leading scorer for the winning South, as three players had eight points apiece -- Burke’s Fredericka Lawson, Boston English's Ashley Jean-Louis and O'Bryant eighth grader Araion Bradshaw.

“In the beginning of the game, I told them that everyone was going to play the same amount of time and I wanted them to be very aggressive, whatever time they were in there and they all bought right into it," Fisher said. "That is a testament to what great athletes they are.”

“I had to put my game face on,” said Lawson, who ran through the Winning 101 vocabulary list. “No playing around, team work, motivation, defense wins games."

The North was led in scoring by half of the New Mission delegation to the event-- Tajanay Veiga-Lee and Kayla Cox, who scored eight and seven points respectively.

More Than A Game

Last year, Dr. Joseph D. Warren, a former staff member at Northeastern University and father of Newton Mayor Setti Warren, passed away. In his time in the Boston community, Dr. Warren worked hard to open the doors of Northeastern to the entire community of Boston, including bringing the city’s all-star games to the Cabot Gym. From this day and hereon, the event has been renamed “The Dr. Joseph D. Warren Boston City League Basketball All-Star Classic”.

“To know that we’re here on the shoulders of a great man, that’s definitely a honor,” Coleman said. “We want to continue our legacy and do our part to make sure that we open up the doors and we push these young men and these young women to higher standards as well and more opportunities.”

“We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for him,” said Ryan FitzGerald, Director of Recreation, Sports and Fitness at the BCYF. “The university had been here for many, many years, but he was the guys who said it was really important that people from the surrounding neighborhoods, especially at risk youth, from Roxbury, Mattapan and all the surrounding areas, have access to enjoy all it has to offer, maybe open their eyes to what they could achieve."

“I think people are taking priority with city kids now and they deserve it,” said Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso, who coached the North team. “They go through a lot, they sacrifice, they’re asked to be grown men at a young ages and I think they deserve the best every time they go out there."

Boston City League All-Star Classic rosters

March, 31, 2011
The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families have announced the teams and award winners for the 2011 Boston City League Basketball All-Star Classic.

The game will take place this Saturday at Northeastern University's Cabot Center, with the doors opening at 1:30 p.m., the girls' game starting at 2 p.m. and the boys' game following at 4 p.m.

Below are the rosters and award winners for the North and South divisions:


Jose Alfonseca, Sr. G, Snowden
Jeff Amazon, Sr. G, East Boston
Jonathon Deane, Jr. G, Latin Academy
CJ Dowdell, Sr. F, Charlestown
Rony Fernandez, Jr. G, Charlestown
Tyrese Hoxter, Soph. F, Charlestown
Khayree Hudson, Sr. C, Madison Park
James Jones, Sr. F, Fenway
Kwamaine Lane, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Walter Lewis, Sr. G, East Boston
Akosa Maduegbunam, Jr. G, Charlestown
Paul Maurice, Jr. G, Snowden
Tyrell Pugh, Sr. F, South Boston
Johan Vizcaino, Sr. G, South Boston
Stan Winn, Sr. G, East Boston

Coach of the Year: Edson Cardoso, Charlestown
Sportsmanship Award: Troy Bowens, Snowden

Dominique Boyd, Sr. F, Dorchester
Jared Butler, Soph. C, O'Bryant
Jakari Christopher, Jr. G, Burke
Darius Davis, Sr. G, New Mission
Jason Hall-Sergenton, Sr. F, West Roxbury
Dwayne James, Sr. G, Burke
Samir McDaniels, Sr. G, New Mission
Jesse Noel, Sr. G, Hyde Park
Kachi Nzerem, Sr. F, New Mission
Roger Paul, Sr. G, West Roxbury
Chris Shelton, Sr. F, Burke
Bernadin St. Vil, Sr. C, Brighton
Andrew Toney, Sr. F/C, Brighton
Alex Villanueva, Sr. G, Boston English
Kevon Young, Sr. G, Brighton

Coach of the Year: Hugh Coleman, Brighton
Sportsmanship Award: Jakari Christopher, Burke


Sara Centeio, Fr. G, Charlestown
Kayla Cox, Jr. G, Fenway
Maria Delvecchio, Jr. C, East Boston
Kaila Duarte, Soph. C, Fenway
Amber Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Krystal Edwards, Soph. G, Madison Park
Makeeba Farguarson, Sr. C, Charlestown
Brittani Hardy, Sr. F/C, Snowden
Davetta Kinner, Sr. G, Latin Academy
Jovanna Sandifer, Jr. G, Snowden
Maya Scott, Sr. F, Latin Academy
Cleusa Sequeria, Sr. G, Fenway
Daitannah Smith, Fr. F, South Boston
Tajanay Veiga-Lee, Soph. G, Fenway
Elaina Wright-McCarthy, Fr. G, South Boston

Coach of the Year: Carla Hands, Madison Park
Sportsmanship Award: Maya Scott, Latin Academy

Araion Bradshaw, 8th G, O'Bryant
Robbie Cardoso, Sr. G, New Mission
Kiana Dailey, Soph. F, O'Bryant
Pierline Durand, Sr. G, O'Bryant
Khadijah Ellison, Sr. G, Burke
Ashley Jean-Louis, Soph. G, Boston English
Tianna Johnson, Jr. G, New Mission
Raven Kelsey, Fr. F, O'Bryant
Jazala Laracuente, Fr. G, New Mission
Fredericka Lawson, Sr. F, Burke
Trayana Mair, Soph. G, Boston English
Rachelle Pierre, Jr. F, Hyde Park
Marissa Serrette, Soph. G, West Roxbury
Shantal Solomon, Sr. G, Brighton
Aaliyah Williams, Jr. F/C, Dorchester

Coach of the Year: Gertrude Fisher, O'Bryant
Sportsmanship Award: Pierline Durand, O'Bryant

City championship long time coming for O'Bryant

February, 25, 2011

ROXBURY, Mass. -- The journey to the Boston City League Girls' Championship didn’t start mid-season for O'Bryant. Or, for that matter, at any point of the game.

The quest for the title, which was attained after a 50-43 victory over Fenway on Friday night at Madison Park High School, started over the summer, where the players would meet and learn how to play with each other. That work was instrumental for a team that features seven underclassmen, including an eighth grade point guard who runs the show.

“(We) worked hard ever since last season,” said senior Pierline Durand, who finished with 10 points and the tournament MVP honors. “We played over the summer together. We played in preseason on Saturdays. It’s a great feeling.”

The Lady Panthers (16-4) would need all that extra work together to hold off a late charge by the Panthers in the title game. Tajanay Veiga came to life with five of her 17 points in the final minute of play to pull the game to three points.

But O’Bryant (16-3) was able to close out the game, mostly because of the work on the glass that was showcased in the fourth quarter, in the games most crucial moments.

After Veiga converted a continuation bucket to pull the score to 46-43, the Panthers pressed the inbounders and came away with the steal. Chandlor Lyles picked off the inbounds pass and darted towards the net, but her attempt came up short. Raven Kelsey collected the rebound -- one of her 14 -- and dished it off to Durand, who was immediately fouled.

Durand made 1-of-2, but Kelsey was there again for a rebound and she dished it off to Kiana Dailey for a lay-up and the and-1 with six seconds left to go to seal it.

The tandem of Kelsey and Dailey collected 24 rebounds, including eight offensive boards in the fourth quarter to keep the Lady Tigers ahead.

“I told them to make sure they got the rebounds, because we were up and all we needed was the ball,” said head coach Trudy Fisher.


The Panthers could have been down and out in the game after they failed to convert a field goal in the games first seven minutes. The Lady Tigers could only mount a 10-1 lead in that time, and by the fourth quarter, Fenway was able to grab a 27-26 lead thanks to a lethal press that forced several turnovers.

Kayla Cox forced three straight turnovers in the third quarter, and her work with Veiga on the press made life miserable at times.

“We were trying to create our offense with our defense,” Panthers head coach Steve Drayton said. “We couldn’t hit anything. We couldn’t make anything. It was like we were drained. So I put pressure on them to try and get some offense out of it to get some easy ones.”


One of the subplots of the game was the great rivalry that is budding between two very young guards. Veiga has been a name to be reckoned with all season for Fenway, but Araion Bradshaw made a case to join those accolades with a strong tournament.

The beauty of this rivalry is that the two are friends off the court, and they are also just beginning their respective high school careers. Veiga is a sophomore, while Bradshaw is just an eighth grader.

“It’s great for the city, that’s what it is all about,” said Drayton. “It’s city kids getting an opportunity on the biggest stage to show their talents.

Added Fisher: “They respect each other. They are going to fighting each other for years to come.”

The two were constantly matched up against each other, and although they have much different games, the competitiveness to one-up the other is alive and well.

“Off the court she is my friend, but on the court she’s on the opposite team,” Bradshaw said. “I have respect for (Veiga). She’s a great player and we just go at it.”

Added Veiga, “When we get on the court we aren’t friends anymore, so we just have to go at it and go after each other."