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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

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.

'The Town' reclaimed in City semi's

February, 25, 2011

ROXBURY, Mass. -- Like several other of his Charlestown teammates, Akosa Maduegbanum couldn't help but snicker when the Townies' opponent in this Boston City Championships semifinal, West Roxbury, came onto the court wearing green shirts, with "We Run This 'Town'" written across the front in Townie red.

"I kinda scratched my head and I said, 'I'm a Townie. I run this town'," the 6-foot-4 junior swingman cracked.

And true to his word, the Townies defended Bunker Hill from all the way across the city on Malcolm X Boulevard, as they cruised to a 79-65 victory over the Raiders at Madison Park High School, and move on to face archrival East Boston for a third time this season, in the City Finals at the same location tonight.

As expected, the highly-touted Maduegbanum filled up the stat sheet with his explosive athleticism, charging through the lane on fast breaks en route to a team-high 20 points, and added seven rebounds. But the real key to this game relied in the manner in which forward CeeJae Dowell muscled his way to racking up 15 boards. Most importantly, eight of those came in the final frame, as the Raiders (15-6) -- known for their skilled shooting -- lined up perimeter shot after perimeter shot. He was also crucial on the Townies' end, as seven of his 15 rebounds were on the offensive glass.

"CeeJae, he's been carrying us all season long, defensive rebounds, offensive rebounds," Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso said. "It gets ugly, it gets nasty, but he's been big, and really he's been the guy that's been carrying us all year."

Said Dowell, "At first it was hard in the fourth quarter, because my legs weren't that strong, but I had to kick in. That's all."

The Townies went on a 17-3 run in the second quarter, and went into the break with a 32-25 lead. Westie continued to chip away at the Townies, trailing 51-41 headed into the final frame and eventually cutting the lead to four with four minutes to go in the contest. Freshman Damion Smith (11 points) hauled in an errant three-point attempt by Charlestown's Iser Barnes, and heaved a long lob to fellow frosh Mike Rodriguez for an easy breakaway layup.

Westie wouldn't register another field goal again until a little over a minute remained in the contest, by then the Townies already ahead 75-59. Overall, the Townies outscored Westie 15-4 over the final four minutes, filled with hard-charging drives to the lane to draw fouls, and one big one-handed slam by junior Tyrik Jackson (10 points).

"Alot of people are expecting us to lose. We've got targets on our back," Maduegbanum said. "We kind of played to show people who [we are], to prove people wrong."

Seniors Roger Paul and Jason Hall led the way for Westie with 13 and 14 points, respectively, while Rony Fernandes was the fourth and final Townie hitting double-figures with 12.

No. 23 Westie rolls Brighton twice in 3 days

February, 17, 2011

WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Forgive Roger Paul if he wants to grin a little bit. Heck, the last time his West Roxbury Raiders were in the Boston City League Championships, Dubya still was in office, and people couldn't shut up about some whiz kid named Gerard Coleman.

"When I was a freshman, that's all they used to talk about -- Gerard this, Gerard that," the senior laughed when asked about Coleman, currently a freshman guard at Providence and one of the MIAA's most electric scorers during his three-year run with the Raiders. "Ever since my junior year, that's all people want to talk about, we'd never be the same once Gerard left. Now we're back in City's, and everybody's forgotten about Gerard."

That last point's debatable, yes, but you get the general idea. In punching their first ticket to the Boston City Championships since 2008, thanks to a 72-60 win over Brighton on their home floor -- their second win over the Bengals in three days -- the Raiders have made a whole lot of followers quit dwelling on the past, and embrace the present.

Because as things currently stand -- sitting at 14-5 overall, seasoned by a competitive non-league schedule, and rounded out by a young but cerebral backcourt -- the Raiders look as good as just about anyone else in the wide-open Division 1 South.

"I still don't think we've put together a full game this year," Westie head coach Martin Somers said. "So, I believe if we do, we can beat anybody. So I'm just waiting for that game to happen, where we put four great quarters together."

This afternoon, the Raiders managed to put together three such quarters, taking a 62-39 lead into the final stanza before the Bengals (11-4) opened up the fourth on an 11-0 run to make a game of it again. Five-foot-5 sophomore Nate Hogan (10 points), playing in his first varsity action, provided plenty of spark off the bench, running the point in place of Kevon Young (suspension), who is expected back Friday.

Edward Toney (14 points, seven rebounds) provided mettle down low, and the Bengals caused a handful of turnovers with a full-court 2-2-1 press to spark the fourth quarter run. But in the end, just like their 73-70 overtime loss Monday to these same Raiders, there was too much to overcome.

"(They're) very well-disciplined," Brighton head coach Hugh Coleman said of Westie. "They're young, but they're mature. Mature, disciplined, they took their time running their sets, they did a great job. Great job."

Paul (15 points, five assists) and Jason Hall (11 points, eight rebounds) did their part in directing traffic in the half-court, running patient sets that wore down the Bengals' 2-3 zone. The Raiders hit four of their first five 3-point attempts, and shot 51 percent overall from the field in the first half while notching assists on 10 of their 14 first-half field goals.

Shoring up the other other end was the loose yet heady play of starting freshman guards Damion Smith (14 points, five rebounds) and Mike Rodriguez (10 points). The backcourt tandem came into the season with some hype, and has lived up to the billing these last few weeks.

"They each play their own part," Hall said. "They both complement our team real well, and I'm glad that they came here."

Said Somers, "They're seasoned guys even though they're young. They play on the AAU circuit, the national level, they've played in big games. They're not nervous out there, they've bought into the program, and I'm really proud of the freshmen. They've stepped up, and really given us big minutes."

Rockland 'D' bends, breaks Abington

October, 23, 2010

ABINGTON, Mass. -- By now, Rockland's Brian Harrington is accustomed to the routine on what was supposed to be a routine run up the middle, an inside power designed for him lead block for 220-pound running back Mike Driscoll and let him do what he does best -- plow through defenders. But when somebody's helmet popped the ball loose for Abington, the 6-foot-2 senior instinctively bent over and scooped it up, marching 83 yards to paydirt down the right sideline, unscathed by Abington jerseys.

"Somebody dove at my legs, and I don't know what I did," Harrington smiled sheepishly. "I must have jumped or something, he just missed me. I saw open field in front of me, so just take off was my first instinct. Luckily, no one caught me and I put six on the board."

And just like that, it was a whole new ball game. The Bulldogs were held to minus-12 yards of offense on six plays in the first half, and faced a 12-0 deficit late in the third quarter at the time of the fumblerooski. But Harrington's pseudo scoop-and-score breathed new life back into the Bulldogs, who exploded for 235 yards of offense in the second half and scored 21 unanswered points over the final 15 minutes to down neighboring rival Abington, 21-12, snap the Green Wave's 34-game home win streak, and move to 7-0 and sole possession of first place in the South Shore League.

"Oh man, it just changed the whole game," said Driscoll, who also blocked a field goal to end the first half and plunged in for the game's final score with 1:42 left. "Brian scooped it up from me, he took it down the sideline, and luckily they touched it and we got to go (downfield). Just a hell of a play by Brian."

The reversal of fortune couldn't have come at a better time. Rockland was held to minus-12 yards of offense on just six plays in the first half, and couldn't shake loose the outside pressure from Abington (6-1), especially defensive end Ryan Southerland and linebacker Christian Barrett. When Barrett slammed quarterback D.J. Austin to the ground on an incomplete third-down pass on the Bulldogs' opening drive, the senior signal-caller limped off to the sidelines favoring his right shoulder.

When Austin returned on the next drive -- some nine minutes after a Green Wave scoring drive, set up with a 12-yard quick slant from Zach Littman to Pat Zadrosny, and capped by a three-yard John Lane plunge -- he was promptly dropped again, this time on a corner blitz from James Cunningham. Abington, behind Littman's darting short passes and elusive dashes up the middle from Lane and Dylan Pietrasik, put up 156 yards of offense and controlled the ball for almost all of the first half.

The halftime talk, you might say, was rousing ("They got on our case," Driscoll said).

"I'll tell you where it was decided," Rockland head coach Ken Owen said. "We go into the half, we're only down 6-0. The way we played in the first half, they stumped us in everything we did on offense. To go in only down 6-0 at halftime gave us a little lift in terms of reorganizing ourselves and getting ourselves squared away for the second half."

From there, the Bulldogs looked like a more disciplined defense. Their four-man front gave Littman less time to throw, and clogged the middle of the field. Following Harrington's momentous return, which made it 12-7 Abington at the time, the Bulldogs came up with another big stand to give them the ball with less than five minutes to go.

Rockland avoided a big scare when an incomplete pass that appeared to be thrown backwards, and was picked up by Green Wave defender, was whistled dead. Several plays later, junior Ricky Witt came in and threw his lone pass attempt of the night, but arguably the biggest. Witt found Tim Fitzgerald wide open in perfect stride in the right seam, and delivered a perfect strike that the senior marched in for a 52-yard score.

Abington fumbled the ball away on the first play of its next possession, pounced on by Devyn Flipp, and Driscoll added the finishing touches a minute later with a short dive across the goal line with less than two minutes left.


R 0 0 7 14 --- 21
A 0 6 6 0 --- 12

Second Quarter
A - John Lane 3 run (rush failed)

Third Quarter
A - Lane 3 run (rush failed)
R - Brian Harrington 83 fumble recovery (Ricky Witt kick)

Fourth Quarter
R - Tim Fitzgerald 52 pass from Witt (Jason Hall run)
R - Mike Driscoll 2 run (run failed)