Boston High School: David Carchedi

Comcast: No. 5 Danvers 60, No. 24 Feehan 56

February, 17, 2015
Feb 17
WOBURN, Mass. -- The large swath of Danvers faithful that made the trip down Route 128 had to sweat at the end, but their Falcons held off a Bishop Feehan rally in the last minute to escape Woburn High with a 60-56 win in the Division 2 semifinal of the Comcast/Arbella Tournament at Woburn High School.

The Falcons led from start to finish, but saw a 13-point lead with 2:30 shrink down to just two points with 10 seconds to play aided mostly by a string of seven missed free throws. Feehan hit three three-point field goals in a 32-second span to slice the deficit, but Danvers finally slammed the door shut when Tre Crittendon netted two from the stripe with eight seconds left to push the score to its end result.

“They pressured us and we started to turn the ball over a lot; missed our free throws,” Danvers guard Devonn Allen said. “Coach told us before that they’d hit a lot of threes and we had to stop that. We didn't so it brought them back in the game.”

The Falcons also had to play the final minutes without their two frontcourt stars, Peter Merry and Devan Harris, who both fouled out.

“I just think we got in foul trouble,” Danvers coach John Walsh said. “We had to go a little beat deeper than we're accustomed too. If he hit our free throws like we're supposed it's over. We didn't. It's something that, clearly, we need to work on.”

The game moved in one of two distinct directions: Danvers dominating the paint, and Feehan raining shots from the outside.

The Falcons flew out of the gate, scoring the first seven points, and manhandling the Shamrocks on the inside. Harris was a monster inside early. The Danvers senior threw his burly body around with abandon from the jump and was a key part in Danvers taking a 17-7 lead into the quarter break. Harris finished with a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Danvers outrebounded Feehan 38-28 in total.

“I like the way he played,” Danvers coach John Walsh said of Harris. “He's just got to finish. He's getting right to the rim.”

In the second, the tables flipped and it was Feehan's shooters who took center stage. Christian Mordarski and David Carchedi hit threes on consecutive possessions early in the quarter to revive the Shamrocks, who cut the gap down to two going into halftime.

“I thought our effort was terrific,” Bishop Feehan coach Matt Freeman said. “You're going toe-to-toe with a program that not too long ago was in the doldrums and is now a state power year in, year out. They're not used to losing. They handled the situation great game pretty well. Our kids never stopped fighting and gave us a chance to win.”

The Falcons put the pedal down for most of the second half. Danvers scored 10 of the first 11 points in the second half and grew the lead to as much as 14. The Falcons' control of the glass waned as Merry and Harris hit foul trouble but the guard duo of Allen and Vinny Clifford stepped up to the plate.

Clifford hit five 3-point shots, and finished with a game-high 19 points.

“Vinny shoots the ball as good as anyone around the state,” Walsh said. “When he gets his feet set it's as good as in.”

Allen scored nine of his 13 points in the second half also finished the game with eight rebounds and a pair of assists.

“Devonn Allen is one of the best point guards around,” Walsh said. “He's just a winner. I can't believe the strides he's made from the beginning of the year to now. He's a leader on the floor. He's as competitive as any kid you meet, and I'm happy for him because he works extremely hard. He deserves anything he gets.”

D2 South: Bishop Feehan 73, Canton 56

February, 28, 2014
ATTLEBORO, Mass. -- Bishop Feehan head coach Matt Freeman admitted he couldn't have scripted junior Frank Oftring's role in Friday night's game any better.

Oftring exploded for a game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds to lead the top-seeded Shamrocks to a comfortable 73-56 win over Canton in the Division 2 South Quarterfinals.

Freeman said he had a clear message for Oftring in the days off between the Shamrocks win over Foxborough on Wednesday and their contest against Canton on Friday.

"I told him, 'If we can get the ball to you in places where you can do damage, you can absolutely be dominant on the interior against this team.' That's exactly what happened. I couldn't have scripted it any better the role he would have in this game."

The Bulldogs opened the game up in typical Canton fashion -- with a three-pointer -- but it was Oftring that answered on the other end, converting the layup and and-one to really set the tone for what would happen the rest of the game. Oftring finished with 12 points in just the first quarter alone as the Shamrocks raced out to a 25-9 lead.

"That's a very, very good team," said Canton head coach Ryan Gordy. "They have a lot of different weapons and a lot of different guys that can hurt you. It's an excellent ball club and they're well-coached. We had no answer, absolutely no answer for Oftring. The better team won tonight."

The Bulldogs made it interested with an 8-0 run in the middle of the second quarter, shrinking the Shamrock's lead to 11 at 31-20, but Oftring broke the run and sparked a Feehan one, scoring seven of Bishop Feehan's 14 points as the Shamrocks closed out the quarter on a 14-0 run and had a 45-20 lead at halftime.

"They were sitting in that extended 1-3-1 zone for a good position of the game," Freeman explained. "We worked on it in practice in the two days between. Because it was a little spaced in the middle of the floor, we wanted to try and get the ball in Frankie's hands and he could look opposite. When they collapsed there, we were able to get the cross pass or to the corner and we knocked down a couple of those. I think what really made the difference was with the movement, we were able to get guys to leave their feet and we could turn the corner and get into the lane and dish for easy layups or get fouled going to the basket."

The Shamrocks had little trouble on the offensive end of the floor and a big part of that was their ball movement. The team combined for 16 assists and often used an extra pass to find a wide open team for either an easy lay up or a open three.

"A lot of teams have been able to get the extra pass on us this year but they haven't had that extra option," Gordy said. "[Feehan] has a lot of weapons. We've done a good job all year of taking away team's weapons but they just had too many weapons."

Canton heated up in the third quarter, hitting four three-pointers and outscoring the Shamrocks 19-10 in the quarter to trail 55-39 heading into the final frame. After being shutout in the third quarter, Oftring dropped 11 points in the final frame, including a three that pushed Feehan's lead past 20.

Shamrock sophomore guard Mike Nelson has proven himself as a scorer but it was his defense that stood out. He was assigned the task of guarding Canton leading Sam Larson throughout the game and though Larson finished with a team-high 17 points, Nelson didn't allow many clean looks - if any at all - for Larson.

"He may have actually been the unsung here with his defense. We all know he can score but he's such an unselfish player and when he digs in on defense and slides the feet and cuts off driving lanes, he made Larson take very difficult shots."

Eight different Feehan players made a mark in the scorebook as David Carchedi chipped in with 10 points, Austin Burlone added seven points and both Nelson and Nick Botelho each had six points.

Canton senior Tristin Morris added 16 points for the Bulldogs and Ato Botsio chipped in with 12 points.

Bishop Feehan now advances to the D2 South Semifinals to face off against No. 12 seed Milton.

Recap: No. 14 Bishop Feehan 72, Durfee 54

February, 8, 2014
ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Where do you start when analyzing Bishop Feehan’s 72-54 non-league romp over Durfee on Friday night?

One could start with the fact that the Shamrocks (15-1), who began the game ranked 14th in the latest ESPN Boston poll, put four players in double figures: Nicholas Botelho (20), David Carchedi (15), Frank Oftring (12) and Mike Nelson (10).

One also could underscore the fact Feehan shot a scalding 90.5 percent (19-of-21) from the free throw line.

But the most appropriate place to start is in the first half when Feehan’s man-to-man defense grabbed the Hilltoppers (9-7) by their collective necks and never let go.

“We’ve scouted them and seen a lot of teams play Durfee,” Feehan coach Matt Freeman said after his team won its 10th consecutive game. “A lot of teams have been playing zones against them. We just said ‘You know what? We’re going to play these guys man-to-man and make them have to earn it.'

“In the two times we played them (Feehan prevailed, 61-47, at Durfee on January 14), that caused them some problems – having to use post moves and run a set, structured offense and score out of it.

“I think we showed them we could hold them in check,” Freeman added. “So, I really was proud of the defensive effort. It set the tone.”

How true.

Blazing start: Before an SRO crowd at Feehan, the Shamrocks went on a 20-2 run in the first half which increased a 10-7 lead to 30-9 lead with 4:09 left in the half.

Altogether, Feehan forced Durfee into 12 first-half turnovers and scored nine points off those miscues. But as Freeman alluded to, the Shamrocks’ tenacious, man-to-man defense took the Hilltoppers completely out of their offense as Feehan led 36-15 at intermission.

“I think they were a little bit bewildered when they realized they realized they were down 20 at the break,” Freeman said. “I definitely was very pleased.”

Freeman had mixed feelings once Durfee mounted a mini-rally and sliced its deficit to 15 points (53-38) late in the third quarter. But during one stretch, Botelho tipped in a missed shot; Carchedi blew through Durfee’s zone defense for an easy layup; and Botelho buried a 3-point shot.

Altogether Botelho, a sophomore forward, scored 11 of his points in the second half.

“The third quarter is what we’re going to use as fodder moving forward because we gave up as many points in the third quarter (25) as we gave up basically in the other three quarters combined, minus the three (by Yamgel Rivera) right at the end,” Freeman said. “We’re always looking for cannon fodder to get on our guys.

“They broke us down off the dribble too many times for our liking. Luckily, we were keeping pace with them scoring-wise. But once it gets down to, 13, 14 or 15 it gets a little dicey. I think we hit a couple of bombs at that point (one was a trey by Stephen Gagnier with 33 seconds left in the third). And I think a couple of their guys lost a little bit of their composure and we took advantage of that at the foul line and made our free throws.”

Free throw city: The sequence Freeman referred to commenced at the start of the fourth quarter when Durfee was whistled for a flagrant foul which resulted in two freebies, each of which was buried by Austin Burlone.

Before the final period ended, Durfee was slapped with two technical fouls. Burlone converted both ends of the first while Nelson (who was 8-for-8 at the stripe) sank both ends of the second.

Two Hilltoppers did reach double figures, Nick Salmon and Chris Farmington with 13 points apiece. But one notable absentee from the double-figure column was Tyree Robinson, who torched Dartmouth for 34 points during a 77-64 victory last Tuesday.

In this game, Feehan held Robinson to a microscopic six points.

“We know how talented and dynamic a player Tyree is,” Freeman said. “Nick Botelho is a talented sophomore and we wanted him to play (Robinson) physically, fairly and hard. We challenged him again tonight.

“I don’t think Tyree ever was on the verge of taking over the game.”