Boston High School: Jules Tavares

Report: Tavares jailed on weapon charge

February, 9, 2011
Sad development today in New Bedford, where high school basketball star Jules Tavares has been jailed after getting arrested Sunday on charges that he brandished a handgun at a Wareham house party, according to the New Bedford Standard-Times.

Tavares, the No. 5 overall player from Massachusetts in ESPNU's Class of 2011 rankings, was averaging 18.7 points this season for the 9-3 Whalers. He was suspended indefinitely from the team last Thursday for violation of team rules, one night before they lost in double-overtime at Marshfield. It was the third suspension of the season for the troubled star, who led Wareham to a Division 3 state title last March before briefly enrolling at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

According to the Standard-Times, Tavares was arraigned Tuesday in Wareham District Court, where a judge set bail at $2,500 cash and ordered Tavares be held at Plymouth County Correctional Facility for violating his probation from a previous malicious destruction of property charge.

Friday, following the Whalers' double-overtime loss, New Bedford head coach Tom Tarpey told ESPNBoston's Brendan Hall, "I'm proud of these kids. We've been through a lot in these last two days, and I'm really proud of these kids. Really proud."

When asked at the time about a timetable for Tavares' return from the indefinite suspension, Tarpey responded, "I don't know."

Marshfield sinks No. 9 New Bedford in 2OT

February, 5, 2011

MARSHFIELD, Mass. -- It was typical Bob Fisher stuff at halftime.

"He came out on fire," laughed Marshfield sophomore guard Alex White when asked bout the head coach's speech, trailing by 12 at the break. "Just the usual, how he always does it. Motivates us, screams at us, whatever he has to do to get us to win."

"Relentless defense," chimed junior forward Erik Whitaker.

And at the two most crucial points of the Rams' comeback bid against much-hyped No. 9 New Bedford, both answered his call. First, it was the 5-foot-7 White putting back an air-ball three at the buzzer to force overtime. Then in the first overtime, it was Whitaker collapsing to the paint and drawing a charge with four seconds left to force another five minutes. The Rams went up by as much as five in the second and final overtime, and got key free throws down the stretch to ice an 88-86 win over the hamstrung Whalers, prompting the raucous home crowd to storm the court.

"That was a state tournament atmosphere," New Bedford head coach Tom Tarpey said. "You know, it was a great game, great high school basketball game. I'm proud of these kids. We've been through alot in these last two days, and I'm really proud of these kids. Really proud."

New Bedford was also down their top scorer and most dangerous finisher, Division 1 prospect Jules Tavares, who was reportedly suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules the night prior. Tarpey responded "I don't know" when asked about a timetable on Tavares' return.

Meanwhile, Fisher found himself praising his team's defense at the most pivotal turns of the game.

"I thought defense won the game for us," Fisher said. "You look at the scoreboard and you say, 'Jesus, neither team played defense'. But I thought our defense, our pressure, as the game went on, got to them. You're not supposed to be able to press them, but our kids got alot of buckets off the press. And our kids hung tough, even though our best player fouled out."

Yes, after trailing by as much as 15 in the second half, and 55-43 to start the fourth quarter, Barrett Murphy (33 points) led the Rams (11-2) on a furious comeback, as they outscored the Whalers 28-16 in the final frame. Murphy, who totaled 24 points in the second half, pulled up for a three-pointer from the top of the key for a 66-64 Marshfield lead with 1:01 left, to cries of "MVP!" from the student section. He then set up White's heroics by closing the Whalers' lead to 70-69 with another three from the same spot with 20 seconds left.

At the other end, Cameron Walker (20 points, seven rebounds) hit the first of two free throws to give New Bedford (9-3) a 71-69 lead with seconds remaining. Andrew Mackinley scooped up the loose ball, ran the length of the floor, and White was there in perfect position under the hoop to get the airball, tossing it back up and kissing the glass as the buzzer sounded to force overtime.

"I was looking for the pass, I didn't see one and I saw a shot go up," White said. "No one was around me, but I felt someone behind me on my back. So I got the rebound, and just went up hard with it."

Murphy then picked up his fifth foul less than two minutes into the overtime on a blocking call -- "That was a charge, no question," he chuckled later -- and sat on the bench while some of Marshfield's most unsung players turned in their best defensive rotations of the night.

Whitaker came up with his most pivotal rotation in the waning seconds of the first overtime. New Bedford's Jonathan Fortes (22 points, 11 rebounds) took the ball in the halfcourt, and three Whalers stacked the left corner for an isolation play. As the final seconds ticked away, Fortes drove to his right from the top of the key as a crowd of Marshfield players collapsed into the paint. Whitaker planted his feet, and took a hard shoulder as Fortes committed an offensive foul with 4.8 seconds to go.

Asked if he had anticipated a clear-out, Whitaker said, "I knew it was going to be an isolation, and he was going to try and drive and dish it to the kid. But I knew he was going to take one extra step when he put his head down, so I knew I had a chance to step in."

Marshfield went up by as much as five in the second overtime, 86-81, before icing the game with two trips to the free throw line at the end of the game.

Even without Tavares, the Whalers posed matchup problems in the post, especially with 6-foot-5, 260-pound center Lance Burlingame. The bulky but mobile post player, an ESPNBoston All-State selection in football, came up with 21 rebounds to go along with 13 points in the loss, tipping many balls just out of reach of Marshfield players and muscling his way into its grasp.

"That's what we need out of him," Tarpey said. "As long as he stays out of foul trouble, he should do that all game. He had been getting in alot of foul trouble lately, so that was it."

No. 11 Brockton spoils No. 4 NB's Big 3 opener

January, 18, 2011

BROCKTON, Mass. -- You couldn’t fault Brockton coach Bob Boen if his voice sounded a little hoarse after his team’s 88-74 win over Big Three rival New Bedford Tuesday night.

For the entire game, it seemed as if Boen was bellowing out to his players, pleading for them to slow down and play under control. Luckily for the hosts, his players listened, as their poise in the second half led them to an 88-74 win.

Up by six points at halftime, the Boxers (7-2 overall, 2-0 Big 3) fed the post on their first two possession of the third quarter and got five points out of it, capped by an old-fashioned three-point play by junior Jamal Reuben (10 points, nine rebounds). New Bedford never seriously threatened after that, slicing the deficit down to five at one point in the third quarter but never getting closer than nine in the fourth.

“We talked about being a little calmer on offense,” Boen said. “That first half we really didn’t run much. We were lucky; we made some good shots and got some good breaks. Second half we did say we want to calm down, we want to run some plays, get the ball inside and get some shots off the board. That’s exactly what we said at halftime.”

As has been the case in recent years, the Boxers had a balanced scoring sheet with four players hitting double-digits. Senior guard Alain Lenord led the way with 22 points. His 12 fourth-quarter points put any New Bedford (7-2, 0-1) comeback hopes to bed, as he drained a pair of 3-pointers off assists from sophomore point guard Jaylen Blakely (nine points, five assists) and buried all six of his foul shots.

As a team, Brockton made 19-of-23 shots from the charity stripe, while New Bedford struggled at a 15-of-28 clip.

Treace Macklin and Sayvonn Houston (six rebounds, four blocks) each finished with 10 points for the Boxers.

Senior Jules Tavares led the Whalers with 26 points and junior Cameron Walker added 20, but Brockton never allowed the visitors to get comfortable in the half-court set and there were only a handful of uncontested buckets. Senior Lance Burlingame was a force on the glass with 20 rebounds but New Bedford had trouble finishing inside.

As it tends to be when these teams meet up, the game was played at a furious pace, as the teams combined for over 140 shots. But Brockton was simply more efficient, hitting 31-of-70 attempts from the field and 7-of-18 from beyond the arc compared to the Whalers’ 25-of-73 and 9-of-27.

“A lot of bad shot selection,” New Bedford coach Tom Tarpey said. “We haven’t done that all year, even against St. John’s Prep. We didn’t run our offense. It was too much standing around. Guys were just standing around, trying to do it themselves. I think when we faced a little adversity they thought they could take it themselves. We’re too good of a team for that. We’ve got to have everybody touch the ball, have a couple ball reversals. That’s when we’re at our best.”

While the Whalers clearly weren’t, the Boxers were close to it. If they can maintain that level of play through February and March, opposing coaches will be the ones losing their voices.

BABC: No. 1 SJP slips past New Bedford

December, 29, 2010
CHELSEA, Mass. -- Sophomore Isiah Robinson grabbed 13 rebounds and dropped 13 points, including seven in the last the two minutes of the game, to lead No. 1 St. John’s Prep past No. 6 New Bedford, 81-77, in the Class A final of the BABC Holiday Classic on Wednesday.

““He was huge today,” said St. John’s Prep coach Sean Connolly. “All tournament he was. I think it was his coming out party.”

“Isiah is a great addition to our team, especially with Mackenzie Burt going down,” said Pat Connaughton, St. John’s (5-0) leader scorer on the day with 25 points, including 12 in the fourth quarter. Robinson’s only points in the first half were on a continuation foul and free throw he made at the end of the first quarter, but that was not due to oversight according to Connaughton.

“We were trying to get in sync offensively,” said Connaughton. “When we were talking on the bench, the coaches were saying that the roll is open for the big man so I tried to look for him a little more… then everyone started to look for him a little more. He attacked the glass, which was huge, he made his free throws, which was huge, and he just had a huge game.”

With 1:50 left in the fourth quarter, New Bedford’s (4-1) Jonathan Fortes made a lay up to bring the Whalers within two at 73-71. After a missed shot, Robinson grabbed the rebound and put it back in to give his team a four point lead, 75-71, at 1:37.

“Coach has been telling for the past couple of days to crash hard,” said Robinson. ““I know coach had trust in me, he has been on me these last few days, talking to me about helping the team out. “

New Bedford’s Jules Tavares made one of his two threes on the day at the 1:00 mark, making the score 75-74. On the next possession, Connaughton put up a shot and missed, but the sophomore Robinson got the rebound, went back up and was fouled. He sank both free throws, making it a three point game at 77-74. Down the other end, Tavares was fouled, but missed on the 1-1 free throw, and Connaughton got the ball but was fouled with 28 seconds left. He made the first shot but missed the second. New Bedford got the ball, but it went through the hands of Fortes, giving St. John’s the ball back.

Robinson was fouled again, this time missing his first and making his second free throw, with the game now at 79-74. New Bedford junior Steven Wynn took a wide open three pointer and missed, but as Connaughton brought the ball up the court, he was given a charge call, turning the ball back over to New Bedford with 10 seconds remaining. From the corner, New Bedford’s Cameron Walker hit a three to make the game 79-77 with 3.1 second remaining. The ball was given to Robinson, who ended game at the free throw line.

“I wasn’t really a good free throw shooter last year,” he admitted after going 9-11 from the line. “Over the summer, I worked on it with my uncle. “

In the Class B consolation game, Windsor (Conn.) beat No. 18 BC High, 91-53. At the end of the game, Windsor’s Ohemeng Kyeremateng (3 points) missed a free throw and coach Ken Smith got the whole bench going with a clapping session, telling him that the team needed the free throw. To many, this may seem confusing, as the team was up by nearly forty, but to Smith, the score of the game was not the point of needing the free throw.

“Those are game winners,” said Windsor coach Ken Smith. “We’re not preparing to win a game; we’re preparing to win it all. Preparation is preparation, the score means nothing to us, it’s how we play, that’s what I preach.”

Senior Mike Fraylon did play, and he did score on the day. 21 points, four steals and two assists, Fraylon admits that he can work harder and have better games.

“The only reason I started missing is because I got tired,” said Fraylon. “I’ve got to run more in practice.”

Controlling the ball for the team was junior Andrew Hurd who had six steals, three assists and 17 points (5 tres and a field goal).

“We just try to contain the ball and have everyone deny their man,” said Hurd. “I wasn’t doing too well on the ball, but I was able to help my teammates on the pickup and stole the ball.”

Five More Players to Watch

December, 8, 2010
Most local high school basketball fans are already familiar with the exploits of Pat Connaughton, Dennis Clifford, Khem Birch and the many stalwarts at St. Mark's and Tilton. But as we await the first tip-off of the 2010-2011 MIAA season, here are five more players to keep an eye on, with evaluations courtesy of Scouts, Inc.:

Jules Tavares, 6-3, SG, Sr.
Hometown: New Bedford
School: New Bedford
Scout's Take:
Tavares is a productive two-way player who already understands the importance of impacting the game defensively. He is a terrific athlete with good size and quickness for his position that allows him to be a terrific on-the-ball defender, both pressuring the ball for the entire length of the court and also locking up the opposition's best perimeter scorer in the quarter court. Offensively, Tavares is a driving scorer who has a quick first step to the rim and good bounce and body control finishing inside a congested lane. He has a naturally soft shooting touch and also instinctively knows how to create space in the mid-range area.
Tavares feel for the game is still a work in progress offensively. He can be a bit of a "kamakazi driver" at times, forcing low percentage plays off the bounce and consequently being a little turnover prone. He would do well to also expand his general ball skills, as ability to handle and pass the ball could stand to improve, especially against pressure. While Tavares has a soft touch on his jumper, he has a tendency to short-arm his release and would be a much more consistent shooter if he finished the stroke with more consistency.
Bottom Line:
Tavares is a talented player and high level athlete who makes his impact felt on both sides of the ball. He is a terrific on the ball defender and accomplished slashing scorer who needs to continue developing his ball skills and basketball I.Q. in order to maximize his potential.
Joe Bramanti, 6-1, SG, Sr.
Hometown: Andover
High School: Andover
Scout's Take:
As physically tough and hard-nosed as they come, Bramanti is a role player extraordinaire who coaches will love and opposing players will hate. A natural competitor with a chiseled frame, Bramanti is a very good defensive player who guards the opposition%u2019s best player on a nightly basis and never gives away anything easy. He can play either guard position offensively, make open shots from the perimeter, attacks the rim hard to play through contact, and has a very soft mid-range touch.
Bramanti is more of a two-guard than a point and lacks ideal size or athleticism. He can struggle to handle the ball against aggressive pressure from quicker players and isn%u2019t nearly as consistent of a shooter when rushed. He rarely plays above the rim and is only a role player offensively. He would do well to further develop his ball-handling skills in order to be a more consistent secondary ball-handler at the next level.
Bottom Line:
Pretty skilled and tough as can be, Bramanti is the type of player who will help a team win games at the next level. He may not be a point guard or end up scoring a lot of points, but he can change the game defensively and raise the intensity level of those around him.
Cornelius Tyson, 6-1, PG, Soph.
Hometown: Springfield
School: Springfield Central
Scout's Take:
A talented young point guard who already has a good understanding of how to distribute the basketball. Tyson has terrific court vision at a young age, makes good decisions handling and passing the ball against pressure, and can also get into the lane to create shots for himself and his teammates. He has also developed into a consistent shooter from behind the three-point arc. He has a terrific feel for the game for such a young player, already making good use of jab steps, jump stops, and other crafty maneuvers to open up passing/driving lanes.
A simple lack of experience may be Tyson's biggest limitation at the moment, as he really only needs more time playing and competing against a high level of competition for his game to mature to the next level. As his body continues to grow and get stronger he should become a better finisher inside the lane, but will also need to become a more disciplined defender.
Bottom Line:
A talented young player who has an instinctive feel for seeing the floor and passing the ball, Tyson is unique because he projects as a pure point guard who has the size and skills to make plays for himself and others.
Adam Bramanti, 5-10, PG, Jr.
Hometown: Topsfield
School: Masconomet
Scout's Take:
A very skilled guard with a high basketball I.Q. and terrific feel for the game, Bramanti is well schooled in the fundamentals of the game. He is an excellent three-point shooter who makes shots with deep range and also changes speeds with his dribble to get himself into the lane. He is a very efficient scorer off the catch, being tremendously efficient with his body movements, and owning a terrific shot fake. He always has his head up, has very good court vision, and can deliver quick passes off the dribble with a quick flick of his wrist.
Size and strength are Bramanti's biggest weaknesses right now as he can be physically overwhelmed by a higher level of competition. He can be rattled into speeding up his game when pressured by those more physical guards and would also do well to play lower to the ground when attacking off the dribble. He works defensively but doesn't own blinding quickness and can be overpowed in certain match-ups.
Bottom Line:
Bramanti is tremendously skilled and cerebral with a very efficient game. He shoots it with range, finds his teammates, and makes plays off the catch and the dribble. While his upside may ultimately be limited by his physical gifts, he is definitely maximizing his abilities.
Jared Terrell, 6-1, SG, Soph.
Hometown: Weymouth
School: Weymouth
Scout's Take:
Tarrell is a power guard with a strong body and bouncy athleticism. He is as aggressive as he is powerful, getting after people on the defensive end and going hard to the rim offensively. He is a versatile defender who can make plays in full court pressure situations and also lock up opposing scorers in the half-court, bodying up with his upper body without fouling. Offensively, he has a good first step and quick springs and shows no fear attacking shot blockers.
The two major questions about Terrell are his size for his position and the consistency of his jump shot. At the moment, he is an undersized two-guard who would need to develop not only his ball skills but also his basketball I.Q. and feel for the game in order to see any time at the point. He also must become more of a shooting threat from the perimeter as defenders are able to give him a big cushion because his drive is so predictable at the moment.
Bottom Line:
Terrell is a physically gifted guard who plays hard and makes plays on both ends of the floor. Moving forward his stock will rise according to how well his ball skills progress.

Preseason All-State Hoops squads

December, 8, 2010
High school basketball season is finally upon us, and to kick things off, we're unveiling our All-State teams for both boys and girls basketball. Without further ado...



First Team
G – Joe Bramanti, Sr., Andover
F – Pat Connaughton, Sr., St. John’s Prep
F – Richard Rodgers, Sr., St. John’s (Shrewsbury)
F – Jake Layman, Jr., King Philip
C – Jimmy Zenevitch, Sr., Central Catholic

Second Team
G – Victor Aytche, Sr., West Springfield
G – Steve Wynn, Jr., New Bedford
F – Samir McDaniels, Sr., New Mission
F – Akosa Maduegbanum, Jr., Charlestown
F – Noah Vonleh, Soph., Haverhill

Third Team
G – Zach Hurynowicz, Sr., Burlington
G – Jules Tavares, Sr., New Bedford
G – Jon Henault, Sr., St. Bernard’s
F – Shane Sims, Sr. Brockton
C – John Swords, Sr., Lincoln-Sudbury

Mass. All-NEPSAC (post-grads excluded)

First Team
G – Rene Castro, Soph., Beaver Country Day
G – Marcus Grant, Sr., Lawrence Academy
F – Alex Murphy, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Kaleb Tarczewski, Jr., St. Mark’s
C – Dennis Clifford, Sr., Milton Academy

Second Team
G – Jaylen Brantley, Soph., Wilbraham & Monson
G – Canaan Severin, Jr., Worcester Academy
F – Nik Stauskas, Jr., St. Mark’s
F – Andrew Chrabascz, Soph., Cushing Academy
F – Evan Cummins, Jr., Northfield-Mt. Hermon


First Team
G – Blake Dietrick, Sr., Wellesley
G – Kendall Burton, Sr., Newton South
G – Nicole Boudreau, Jr., Andover
G – Khadijah Ellison, Sr., Burke
F – Mariah Lesure, Sr., Amherst

Second Team
G – Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Sr., Andover
G – Briana Hunt, Sr., Newton North
F – Elizabeth Belanger, Jr., Acton-Boxborough
F – Leigha Tacey, Sr., Foxborough
F – Melissa Miller, Sr., Central Catholic

Third Team
G – Blake Underhill, Jr., Ashland
G – Gabie Polce, Sr., Central Catholic
G – Sophie Bikofsky, Sr., Newton South
F – Shannon Holt, Jr., Wachusett
F – Amanda Harrington, Sr., Sutton