Boston High School: C.J. Dowdell

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

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

December, 22, 2010
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.”