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No. 1 CC blows away English in 2nd half

February, 22, 2011
LAWRENCE, Mass. –- If the second quarter was the only quarter that counted, Lynn English would have knocked out the number one seed. Central Catholic broke Lynn broke the Bulldogs’ full court press in the third quarter and walked away with a double digit victory in the Board 130 Basketball Classic championship, shocking Catholic Central captain and tournament MVP Jimmy Zenevitch.

“Definitely surprising,” said Zenevitch, ”to win by 26. I was expecting a four point game, eight point game because we lost to them by 20 two years ago in the states.”

Zenevitch (22 points, six rebounds) scored four points in the final quarter for the Raiders (19-1) before fouling out, but the few minutes he had, he did not play with his ordinary potency. “Defensively, I played a little more conservative. I didn’t go for any blocks, and when kids drove the lane, I didn’t reach; I just put my hands up.”

Stepping in for Zenevitch down low for a decisive edge over the Bulldogs (19-2) were sophomores Joel Berroa (nine points, four rebounds) and Doug Gemmel (nine points, nine rebounds).

“Berroa’s been key for us all year,” Central Catholic head coach Rick Nault said. “He was with us last year and won the state tournament with us. He’s an experienced guy. I thought the key guy that was huge for us was… Doug Gemmel off the bench. When we made that run in the third quarter, he was a big part of that in terms of he hit his shot, made a couple of free throws (four-four), he got us a couple of huge rebounds. When we can get contributions like that from our bench guys, it’s so helpful.”

“At practice, I’m always looking for my shot. When I got it and I was open, I just fired,” Gemmel said of his scoring. On the boards, play begins before the ball is in the air, especially against more developed and taller opponents. “I find the man first, box him out, and then go for the rebound. I just thought o myself every ball needed to be mine.”

Lynn English head coach Buzzy Barton had in mind to stifle the main scorers for Central Catholic, and it kind of worked. Captain Luis Puello only had two points, but Evan Sheehan woke up and snapped his shooting slump, dropping 20, including four 3-pointers, and contributing on the defensive end with four steals.

“I’ve been missing a lot of threes, haven’t had my hot hand,” said Sheehan. “I didn’t have the confidence to shoot it. I’ve been working on my three the last couple of days and coach told me to keep shooting it. Once I hit that first one [in the first quarter], found that corner shot, he said keep shooting. I tried keeping it the same shot every time, it kept going in, so I kept doing it.”

“When kids step up like that… it’s a confidence boost to the team,” said Zenevitch. “It shows that if everyone plays their role, we’ll win by even more.”

“It’s one game,” added Barton. As the regular season winds down and the postseason is within view, his focus is on the next time they may see the reigning champs. “Luckily, it’s not the state tournament, and we live to fight another day.”

English was led in scoring by senior Travonne Berry-Rogers (16 points), who fouled out in the fourth quarter, alnng with Josh Castillo (12) and Keandre Stanton (13), the latter of whom also added three blocks.

Berry-Rogers lifts No. 7 English over Salem

February, 15, 2011

SALEM, Mass. -- Travonne Berry-Rogers had a message for his team before Lynn English’s rematch with Salem on Tuesday night. The talented guard wanted to remind everyone of the sting he felt after Salem handed the Bulldogs their only loss of the season.

He wanted his team to get a little payback, and even though the message didn’t really drive home until the waning moments of the game, Lynn English avenged that sting with a 19-3 run in the final 3:27 of the game to take a 78-70 victory over the Witches (15-3) at Veterans Memorial Field House.

“We never forget it,” Berry-Rogers said of the only blip on the radar for the Bulldogs this season. “When you have a loss, there is nothing you can do except for fix it. That’s what we did tonight.”

Berry-Rogers went 3-for-6 from deep on the way to a team-high 26 points. His 11 crucial points in the fourth quarter helped turnaround a game in which the Bulldogs (17-1) never led until 1:04 left in the fourth.

Keandre Stanton stood tall in the middle for the Bulldogs with 13 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots. Corey McMillan added 23 points, and all three Bulldogs mentioned helped ice the game with six consecutive made free throws, two apiece, to cap off the comeback.

“Our kids showed a lot of heart tonight,” Bulldogs head coach Buzzy Barton said.

For three quarters it looked like Salem had the right potion to put the Bulldogs out for the count, again. Antonio Reyes shined with 34 points and 15 rebounds. He single-handedly helped spur a 9-0 run by grabbing rebounds, starting breaks and nailing a straightaway 3-pointer to push the lead to 11.

The Witches struggled to an 8-for-32 night from behind the arc, but Reyes was true on all four of his attempts in the second half.

After Reyes’ 3-pointer, the Bulldogs were finally able to mount some sort of resemblance of their up-tempo game. Rogers-Berry collected eight straight points, including a continuation bucket to pull the game to 48-46.

The Witches came out flying in the fourth with an 8-2 run and would push the lead to 69-59 with 3:27 left in the game.

Enter Berry-Rogers’ message.

Barton sent the Bulldogs on an all-out press for the remainder of the game, and all his team did was hold Salem to three points over that stretch.

“That’s been out bread and butter,” Barton said of his defense. “We pressure teams and wear them down.”

The main reason for the press was to slow down Reyes and force other players get in to situations they may not be comfortable in.

“We call it jumping him,’” Barton said of the defensive strategy. “We have a man that plays on him and every time he touches the ball we have a somebody at him”

Josh Castillo used that defense to perfection when he made a steal at halfcourt and put it in on the other end to grab a 70-69 lead with 1:04 left. Reyes would make 1-of-2 free throws to tie the game at 70.

Berry-Rogers came down the lane and popped at the elbow to regain the lead for good, before the Bulldogs made Barton very happy with six straight made free throws in a tight spot.

“I was able to settle down and in an atmosphere like that sometimes you get away from yourself,” Berry-Rogers said of his fourth quarter output. “You’ve got to lower your emotions. You’ve got to lower your energy and your emotions at the same time and that’s what I did in the fourth quarter.”

Salem now drops two games behind the Bulldogs in the Northeastern Conference.

“They came up with the key plays when they needed too, and that’s why they won the game,” said Salem coach Tom Doyle.