Boston High School: Kevin Barrett

D1 South: North Quincy 64, Quincy 56

February, 28, 2014
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QUINCY, Mass. -– All season long, Solomon Umoren has been a defensive stalwart for the North Quincy stalwart. So naturally, he turned in perhaps the biggest offensive play of the season as the top-seeded Red Raiders downed crosstown rival Quincy, 65-54, in a Division 1 South Sectional quarterfinal match-up.

As the clock fell under three minutes to play, Quincy was surging and had cut North’s lead to just five points. The Presidents were on the verge of forcing a turnover as the shot clock neared zero. Point guard Kyle Richardson hit Umoren with a pass on the wing. The junior forward caught the pass and sent the pass toward the hoop as he was falling out of bounds.

“I just threw it up. It’s been a while since I hit a 3, I usually just attack,” said Umoren. “I didn’t know it was going in.”

The shot couldn’t have been more true, and it snapped through the twine to push North Quincy’s lead up to eight. From there, the Red Raiders just needed to hit free throws down the stretch to advance to a semifinal rematch with Newton North.

“We’ve got a hand in his face, the shot clock was on one, that was just a heck of a shot,” said Quincy coach Dave Parry. “From that time on, we really had a hard time. To me, that was the play of the game.”

Added NQ senior Efthim Butka: “That shot was incredible. It was better than any shot I’ve hit in my life. He was fading away, shot clock winding down, falling into coach’s arms, and then, nothing but net. It’s like there was a boulder on our back and Solo was just like ‘I’m Superman’ and took it away."

Super sidekicks: Umoren, who scored all seven of his points in the fourth, might have hit the biggest shot on the night, but throughout the contest Butka and Anthony Green shouldered much of the offensive load for the Red Raiders.

Butka was held scoreless in the first quarter but heated up in the second, notching seven points. He caught fire in the third, pouring in another 11 on his way to a game-high 23, including five 3-pointers, in the win.

“He’s tough to keep down,” said Barrett. “You can contain him for a little while but he’s an inside-out guy so he’s going to find ways to score. He’s going to manufacture points. The ones he missed early on, he didn’t miss by much. I told him to keep shooting the basketball and they started dropping.”

Butka was especially happy with both the win and his performance after Quincy handed North it’s first and only loss of the season just a couple weeks ago.

“We were just unbelievably motivated. They took the undefeated season away from us,” said Butka. “That was stuck in my head. I played really bad in that game, and it wasn’t just shooting, it was all aspects of the game. I made it my mission to come out defensively and play as hard as I could. The offense just came as the game went on.”

Green was impressive on both ends of the floor for NQ, finishing with 19 points and 10 rebounds. He flashed solid athleticism throughout the contest, best showcased in the waning seconds of the first quarter. He caught a pass beyond the free throw line, used a couple dribbles and a spin move and exploded by his defender, finishing with a thunderous two-handed slam that ignited the already boisterous NQ crowd.

“It happened a couple of times tonight, where he alleviated some pressure by putting the ball on the deck two, three, four times,” said Barrett. “He’s capable of doing that. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the perimeter tonight, but he’s been a consistent elbow jump shooter for us all year.

"He’s a skilled kid. People are fooling themselves if they think he’s just a back to the basket player. He can pass the ball, he reads the double team really well, he throws out of it really well. He’s the full package.”

Both players benefitted from the sound play of Richardson throughout the game. He finished with nine points, six assists, five rebounds and three steals in the win.

Callahan for President: On the other side, Quincy was led by Christian Callahan, a Swiss Army Knife kind of player with an impressive approval rating. He came off the bench to give the Presidents a 20 point, 12 rebound, maximum-effort kind of performance.

“Just an incredible, incredible athletic specimen,” said Parry. “He does thing a lot of guys don’t. I like the energy coming off the bench, and he can play all five positions. Whether it’s the point, forward, the off guard position, he can come in for anybody and play anywhere.”

Bouncing all over the floor, he certainly caused fits for North Quincy’s defense. His ability to get to the hoop and finish, coupled with his ability to generate second chances (he had nine offensive rebounds) allowed Quincy to keep pace all night.

“We talked about it during several timeouts and certainly at halftime,” Barrett said. “He’s just an aggressive, tenacious kid when the ball goes up. We weren’t doing a great job of locating him and boxing him out, but he makes it hard.”

Roundtable: Midseason Boys Hoop All-State

January, 25, 2014
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Brendan C. Hall
ESPN Boston High Schools Editor


FIRST TEAM

G – Tyler Nelson, Sr., Central Catholic
He’s always been one of the state’s premier shooters, but his game has evolved this season as he continues to fight through box-and-one's. He has grown up quite a bit in terms of toughness.

G – Dizel Wright, Sr., Putnam
One of the state’s best on-ball defenders and the humble kid on an otherwise very vocal team, he sets the tone at both ends of the floor for the state’s undisputed No. 1 team.

F – Tyonne Malone, Soph., Putnam
One of several prep school transfers that arrived with plenty of hype, the 6-foot-3 slasher has been an integral force on the wing for the Beavers. Long with plenty of athleticism to get to the rim at will, there’s a lot of upside to be excited about.

F – David Murrell, Sr., Putnam
It’s an MMA fight at times trying to battle on the boards with the Beavers, and the returning All-State forward sets the tone for one of the state’s best rebounding teams.

C – Anthony Green, Sr., North Quincy
One of the best revelations of the 2013-14 season, the late-blooming 6-foot-9 center has showed marked improvement from where he was at this time a year ago. And the Red Raiders have been a large benefactor.

SECOND TEAM

G – Tommy Mobley, Jr., Newton North
Some folks would like to see him become more assertive on the glass, but there is no denying Mobley’s shooting ability. He might be the most automatic three-point marksman in Massachusetts.

G – Makai Ashton-Langford, Soph., St. Peter-Marian
If you haven’t seen him yet, you are missing out. He is the Guardians’ most talented lead guard since Naadir Tharpe, and has backed up the mound of hype behind his high-major potential in this first half of the season.

G – Aahmane Santos, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Santos returned from prep school a much more aggressive –- and visibly faster –- player. At times it seems like he is operating at a different speed than the other nine players on the floor, and that’s one of the bigger reasons why the Knights are averaging upwards of 86 points per game so far.

F – Asante Sandiford, Sr., New Mission
Franklin Pierce commit proved a lot to me with the way he battled one of the nation’s top big men, Karl Towns Jr., at the Shooting Touch Shootout. The Titans have been absolute piranhas on defense this season, with Sandiford at the forefront.

F – Tyree Robinson, Jr., Durfee
It’s been a few years since the Hilltoppers were this good, and I’m not sure how competitive they’d even be without landing this Notre Dame Prep transfer.

THIRD TEAM

G – Giulien Smith, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Like seemingly a half-dozen other Knights, Smith can shoot it. But it’s his ability to create his own shot that makes him and Aahmane Santos one of the most dangerous backcourts.

G – Rocky DeAndrade, Sr., Mansfield
The Hornets started the season down three starters to injury, yet they haven’t skipped a beat. Credit that to DeAndrade, who has become faster after a diligent offseason.

G – Elijah Rogers, Sr., Brookline
You can make the case for Rogers to be a lot higher on this list. The Warriors had a tough start to the season, but they may have hit their stride. When Rogers is on, it is a spectacle.

F – Gary Clark, Jr., Everett
Arguably the best two-way player on one of the state’s most tenacious defenses.

F – Fred "Bam" Rivers, Sr., New Mission
This might be the Titans' best squad since 2010-11, and as the nickname implies, this fearless, wide-bodied 6-foot-4 post is one of the primary reasons. There isn't a player in Massachusetts he's afraid to make uncomfortable. Oh, and he can step out and shoot it, too.

Coach of the Year: Kevin Barrett, North Quincy
A few other names here could fit the bill, such as Mansfield’s Mike Vaughan, Fitchburg’s Jack Scott or North Andover’s Paul Tanglis. But a year ago at this time, Anthony Green was a timid kid who moved gingerly and couldn’t stay on the court without getting fatigued or racking up fouls. Now, he’s become the Raiders’ own “Nerlens Lite”, and the biggest reason for their 11-0 start. And while we’re at it, raise your hand if you'd heard of Eftham Butka at this time last year (Don’t lie). Now, he’s the Raiders’ most dangerous scorer. All of this speaks to Barrett’s commitment to player development, a trait that sometimes feels like a lost art in today’s AAU-ficated grassroots culture. That shouldn’t be overlooked.

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Chris Bradley
ESPN Boston correspondent


FIRST TEAM

G - Dizel Wright, Sr., Putnam
The most complete player on the state's most complete team. A built, athletic point guard who can guard a variety of positions and put up double-figure rebounding totals, Wright should be considered a serious contender for Mr. Basketball, as should these next four candidates.

G - Tommy Mobley, Jr., Newton North
The state's most lethal shooter has turned into one of it's best overall scorers. Mobley has lit some of the state's best teams up this year, averaging 20 points per game as Newton North has emerged as one of the best teams in Division 1.

G - Guilien Smith, Jr., Catholic Memorial
In terms of pure scoring ability, there may be no better player in the state than Smith. Smith has deep range on his three-point shot, the quickness to get to the hoop off the dribble, and now the upper body strength to finish. He's a big reason why CM is 12-1.

F - David Murrell, Sr., Putnam
Wright may be Putnam's best player, but Murrell is the glue guy for the state's number-one ranked team. Averaging double-figure points and rebounds, he makes for a superior duo with sophomore Tyonne Malone.

F - Anthony Green, Sr., North Quincy
North Quincy has been one of the state's most pleasant surprises this year, and their do-it-all 6-foot-9 center hes led them every step of the way. Several scholarship-level college programs and prep schools have shown interest in Green in recent weeks.

SECOND TEAM

G - Makai Ashton-Langford, Soph., St. Peter-Marian
His 26 point outbreak against St. John's on Friday night is just another reminder why the 6-foot sophomore is considered to be one of New England's best talents. Ashton-Langford has been the guy who makes the Guardians go this year, averaging 17 points a game.

G - Aamahne Santos, Jr., Catholic Memorial
Santos has had several games where he he never reached double-figure scoring totals, yet he seems to have as much of an impact on a game as any point guard in the state. A super athlete who is also lightning-quick with the ball in his hands, Santos is the key behind Catholic Memorial's high-powered offense.

G - Tyler Nelson, Sr. Central Catholic
Much was expected out of Nelson this year, and for the most part, he has delivered for 11th-ranked Central Catholic. The Fairfield University commit has been the main focus of opposing defenses all year long, yet still manages to hit shots at a high clip.

F - Tyonne Malone, Soph., Putnam
Malone struggled at first to find his fit in an extremely talented Putnam rotation, but he has emerged as one of their best reliable players the past few weeks in wins over Woodstock Academy (Conn.), Springfield Cathedral, Springfield Central, and Northampton. A gifted athlete at 6-foot-3, Malone is already on the radar of several mid-major and high-major Division 1 programs.

F - Tyree Robinson, Jr., Durfee
The transfer from Notre Dame Prep has immediately helped turn things around at Durfee -- a team starving for a playoff appearance after several years of relative anonymity. A standout 6-foot-4 athlete who plays AAU for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC), Robinson's rebounding motor and elite athleticism have made him well worth the price of admission.

THIRD TEAM

G - Elijah Rogers, Sr., Brookline
Rogers has been the catalyst all year long for Brookline, a team who is 7-3 and looking to build off of last year's playoff run. An athletic point who can also make plays for others, he has proven to be one of the top pure point guards in the state.

G - Erick Rosario, Jr., Lynn English
It has been on Rosario to do a lot of the heavy lifting offensively with counterpart Stevie Collins out injured. A quick, clever combo guard, Rosario has proven to be one of the state's best pure offensive threats--whether it's knocking down outside jumpers or finishing acrobatic lay-ups around the rim.

G - Ryan Boulter, Jr., Mansfield
The lone blemish on the Hornets' 12-1 record is Thursday's three-point loss to Hockomock foe Attleboro, and Boulter has been a big reason why. With star forward Brendan Hill out for the year, Boulter has manged to pick up a lot of the slack offensively for Mike Vaughan's Hornets.

F - Gary Clark, Jr., Everett
Everett has been one of the state's best teams, now at 10-0, and Clark's inside-out offensive attack has helped bring some balance to a high-scoring offense. Playing alongside a loaded Everett backcourt, Clark has excelled playing down low: rebounding at a high-rate and finishing shots in the paint.

F - Fred "Bam" Rivers, Sr., New Mission
Rivers may not look the part of a gifted athlete, but to his credit, he has proven just the opposite so far for Cory McCarthy's Titans. At 6-foot-4, Rivers has the foot speed to guard multiple positions, he has shown that he is one of the best rebounders in the state, and he can even stretch the defense with his feathery three-point touch.

Coach of the Year: Cory McCarthy, New Mission
With a few star players in Franklin Pierce-bound forward Asante Sandiford, sharpshooter Shaquan Murray, and do-it-all forward Fred "Bam" Rivers, McCarthy has been able to build around that trio with one of the state's deepest rotations and stingiest defenses -- giving up just 47 points a game. The 11-1 Titans are as tough an out as any team in the state and they appear to be the favorite statewide in Division 2 midway through the season. Catholic Memorial's Denis Tobin, St. John's Prep's John Dullea, and Mansfield's Mike Vaughan should all be in the conversation for this one, but at this point in the year nobody has gotten more out of their team than McCarthy.

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John Botelho
ESPN Boston correspondent


FIRST TEAM

G - Dizel Wright, Sr., Springfield Putnam
He’s been the best player on the best team in the state all year, and only seems to be getting better.

G - Tommy Mobley, Jr., Newton North
The junior is the best shooter I’ve seen this year, or in recent memory for that matter. Everyone know the ball is going to end up in his hands and still no one seems to be able to stop him. Has a shot to reach 1,000 points this year with another deep tourney run for the Tigers.

G - Aamahne Santos, Jr., Catholic Memorial
The leader of an explosive CM offense that leads the state in points, Sanots has done a little bit of everything for the Knights. Known for his premier offense, his defense might be even better as he’s caused fits for Catholic Conference point guards all year.

F - Fred "Bam" Rivers, Sr., New Mission
He’s capable of scoring, rebounding, or playing solid defense on other bigs down low for No. 3 New Mission. Combining with Shaquan Murray and Asante Saniford, Rivers has helped make Mission the team to beat statewide in division two.

F - Ryan Boulter, Jr., Mansfield
Unbeaten Mansfield has looked unstoppable early on despite losing returning All-Stater Brendan Hill for the year to a knee injury, and Boulter might be the biggest reason why. The junior has led an explosive offense -- averaging more than 17.6 per game on a team with four guys in double figures

SECOND TEAM

G - Tyler Nelson, Sr., Central Catholic
Pushing him to the second team was one of the hardest calls to make, but I think it speaks more to the impressive guard play statewide this season than anything else. Nelson is one of the most dynamic players in the state, and a second half surge could push him onto the first team.

G - Rocky DeAndrade, Sr., Mansfield
Second for the No. 2 Hornets in scoring behind Boulter, DeAndrade is capable of taking over games and can score from anywhere. He’s poured in over 16 per game so far as the Hornets have cruised to an 11-0 mark.

G - Elijah Rogers, Sr., Brookline
The returning All-Stater has taken his game to another level this year, guiding an offense that can run with anyone. He went off for 28 points to hand Bay State rival Newton North it’s only loss, and finding a player in the state who elevates his game for big opponents would be a tough challenge.

F - David Murrell, Sr., Putnam
Returning All-Stater gives Putnam arguably the best 1-2 punch in the state with Wright, and is a major reason they’ve been atop the rankings all season. He was tremendous at the Hoop Hall Classic last week, netting 27 and grabbing 12 rebounds against rival Springfield Central before going off for 15 points and 15 rebounds against defending Connecticut Class L champ Woodstock.

C - Obi Obiora, Sr., Brookline
The big man averaged nearly a double-double a year ago, and looks like he’s headed for one this season. A total game changer on the defensive end, he’s also capable of taking some focus off of Rogers on offense.

THIRD TEAM

G - Jack Loughnane, Soph., BC High
His offensive game is an impressive one, and he’s among the best 3-point shooters in Eastern Mas. He’s the catalyst for the Eagles’ offense, and is a major reason they’re ranked No. 10 in the state.

G - Markus Neale, Sr., Dorchester
The Bears don’t have much in the way of height, but Neale plays taller than his 6-foot-2 frame would suggest. He’s a playmaker on both ends of the floor, can score from beyond the arc or by going to the hoop, fights for rebounds and bolsters an athletic Dorchester defense.

G - Ryan Roach, Sr., Cardinal Spellman
A Stonehill commit, Roache has been tasked with running a Cardinals offense that features several players who would be the “go-to” guy on a lot of teams. None of the Cardinals are averaging crazy point totals, but the team is unbeaten in league play. Their only losses have come against Mansfield, Franklin and No. 24 St. Bernard’s.

F - Matt Nicholson, Sr., Rockland
Tyler Gibson swallowed up a ton of the publicity for Rockland a year ago, but Nicholson gave the Bulldogs a second very good scoring option. This year, with Gibson and Bryan Tavares graduated, Nicholson has been tasked with being the guy for Rockland, and he’s delivered to the tune of 22 points and eight rebounds per game for the 7-3 Bulldogs.

C - Anthony Green, Sr., North Quincy
The 6-foot-9 big man for the unbeaten Red Raiders makes his biggest impact in something that isn’t quantifiable through statistics, as the number of possessions he changes on the defensive end is staggering. Coach Kevin Barrett said earlier this year that he was blocking seven shots per game during the tourney last year, and altering at least as many. That means he’s single-handedly effecting the outcome of more than 10 possessions per contest, and that doesn’t include the way the rest of the Red Raiders defense can play in the faces of their opponents, knowing he’s back there as a last line of defense.

Coach of the Year: Bo Ruggiero, Cohasset
An argument could be made for plenty of guys this year, and people like Cory McCarthy at New Mission and Mike Vaughn at Mansfield (being unbeaten despite losing Hill is pretty impressive) certainly deserve some consideration. That said, Ruggiero has put together one of his finest coaching performances, which is saying a lot when you consider he’s got more than 500 career wins on the sidelines. The Skippers graduated a 1,000 point scorer a year ago in Shane Haggerty, and lack a star to lean on this season. Guys like Chris Haggerty, Rocco Laugelle, Henry Brown and Joe Buckley have just come together to play good fundamental hoops. They’ve gone all in on defense, and are allowing a South Shore League best 39 points per game this year. At 10-0, they have to be considered among the favorites, if not the favorite, to capture the MIAA Div. 4 crown this year.

Recap: No. 22 North Quincy 72, Quincy 64

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QUINCY, Mass. -- Every day over this past summer, North Quincy forward Efthim Butka rose early from his bed with this basketball season on his mind. Originally, the plan was to put on some size and some strength to benefit his low-post game.

As the summer wore on, the plan evolved into something more -- and his offseason workouts resulted in his game not being played just inside the paint anymore, but out well beyond the 3-point line.

“It’s very new,” Butka said. “I’ve been working on it all off-season. I saw how effective it was with Dan (Gould) last year.It really showed me that if you have an overall game you can be a bigger threat and that’s what I wanted to be.”

On Friday night, as the No. 22 Red Raiders downed cross-town rival Quincy, 72-64, Butka showed the Presidents what his overall game was capable of as he poured in a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks.

Butka’s 3-point shooting -- he hit six times from behind the arc -- ensured the Presidents (2-1) wouldn’t complete an impressive second half comeback.

“A lot of people didn’t expect to see this, but he worked so hard in the offseason to extend his range and develop his game,” said North Quincy coach Kevin Barrett. “That’s a new piece now that he has as a weapon. It’s going to be pretty hard to defend going forward, I would say.”

“None of our scouting reports had Butka throwing up three,” said Quincy coach Dave Parry. “We concentrated on his down low stuff, because he’s very good down low. When he pops up and he’s got James (Lam) in his face, I can’t ask for any more than that.”

Friday may have served as a coming out party for Butka’s newly minted skill set, but it’s one that didn’t happen by chance, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight.

“Every day, I was shooting for about three hours straight -- threes, twos, just everything,” said Butka. “I really worked on my shot off the dribble because I can’t just be a catch and shoot shooter, people would just lock me down. The three came along with, I don’t know, maybe a 1,000 shots a day.”

For North Quincy, that improved range meant stymying an improbable comeback attempt. Just before halftime, the Red Raiders opened up what appeared to be an insurmountable 16-point lead.

After the Presidents outscored them, 22-7, in the third quarter, NQ headed for the fourth clinging to a one-point lead.

On the opening possession, Butka took a pass about five behind the arc, straight on, and let loose another arcing shot toward the hoop. His fourth 3-point of the contest snapped through the twine.

“At a certain point, it just feels like you’re throwing the ball into an ocean,” Butka said. “It just felt automatic, I didn’t hesitate for a second.”

That was just as true two other times in the fourth when Quincy slipped into the lead, briefly. His final two 3’s of the game both erased deficits for North Quincy, ensuring they’d remain unbeaten.

Teammate Matt Gerakis, who added 15 points, also connected on a lead-changing fourth quarter 3-pointer.

North Quincy also got 13 points and eight rebounds from 6-foot-9 center Anthony Green, as well as 11 points and seven assists from speedy point guard Kyle Richardson.


PRESIDENTS' RACE FOR VICTORY FOILED

The Presidents knew they’d dug themselves quite a hole headed into halftime, and set to use the third quarter to work back into contention.

“I’m proud of the way the kids came back,” said Parry. “I asked them to cut the lead to eight. I just thought if we went into the fourth down only eight, we’d have a chance to win. They did better and got it down to one.”

Shifting out of a trap-based zone full court press into a man-to-man coverage one wreaked havoc on the Red Raiders offense in the third, forcing a bevy of turnovers and less than desirable shots.

“We tried to contain Kyle a little bit, we switched up our press a little bit and tried to take the ball away from and make somebody else make some plays,” said Parry. “For the most part, it worked. The man to man gave them less open looks. They worked harder for everything they got in the second half.”

Lam was perhaps the biggest key to the second half surge, acting as the President’s do everything Swiss Army knife. He poured in 13 points to go with eight rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks.

“James was the quarterback of our football team, and he sees everything out there,” said Parry. “He sees the whole court and just always knows where to be.”

J.T. Bain notched a team-high 18 points and Brendan Cunningham chipped in with 10 in the loss.

D1 South: North Quincy 51, Newton North 47

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BOSTON -– In the final 30 seconds of No. 5 North Quincy’s win over No. 2 Newton North, 51-47, at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center in the Div. 1 South Sectional Semifinals on Tuesday night, Red Raiders’ senior guard Dan Gould stepped to the free throw line four times.

All four times, he knocked down his foul shots, sealing a win for North Quincy in a game they never trailed in.

“I shoot free throws all the time –- it was pretty much just like shooting free throws in the driveway, or at practice, or wherever,” said Gould. “I just felt ‘I gotta hit those free throws. Those are big time. I’m a senior and it’s my time to shine right now.”

Gould was 5-for-6 from the stripe on the day, and was arguably the biggest reason the Red Raiders (20-5) slipped past Newton North.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNSenior Dan Gould (20 points) sank four free throws in the final minute to seal North Quincy's upset of Newton North.
He recorded seven points during the opening minutes as North Quincy raced out to an 11-0 lead before Newton North got on the board.

The 5-foot-9 guard knocked down four threes and finished with a game-high 23 points in the win.

Even with his offensive showing, it was his defense that put North Quincy in position to advance to the title game on Saturday against Mansfield at this very same venue.

After Newton North (20-3) forced a backcourt violation with 34 seconds to go and NQ up, 47-45, a timeout was called to allowed them to set up their final play.

They never got a chance to run the play, though, as Gould stepped in front of the Newton North target on the inbounds pass and picked it off near midcourt, setting up his late game free throws.

“That was huge,” said Red Raiders coach Kevin Barrett. “He’s been doing that for three years now, making big plays. It’s usually when people are counting us out, he steps up and makes big plays. Over the course of the three years, he’s just taken to a different level every time we’ve needed him.”

The play ensured that Newton North –- which has appeared in the South semifinals eight years straight, and advanced to the sectional finals four times in nine years -– would never lead in this contest.

“That was just miscommunication,” said Newton North coach Paul Connolly. “Just some miscommunication, that happens. Gould was just there to make a play. What can you do?”

It might have been the nail in the coffin for the Tigers, but they dealt with a strong defensive presence all night.

The Red Raiders held stand-out guard Korey Mui to just eight points –- and one field goal.

“That’s Marquis McClendon,” said Bennett. “You look over the course of his career, and not just tonight, and his M.O. with us has been to lock down their leading scorer. He tries to make everything difficult for them and that’s why he’s so valuable to us. He did that tonight when we needed it most. Equally as impressive was Pat’s (Gould) job on Mobley.”

Sophomore Tom Mobley finished with 21 points but had to hit three 3’s to do so, and none of his points came uncontested last night.

Pat Gould chipped in six points and five rebounds in the win, McClendon added six points and three rebounds, Efthin Butka had eight points and eight rebounds and Anthony Green scored five points to go with eight rebounds and eight blocks for North Quincy.

On the other side, Jack Boucher added 12 points while Liam Bruno chipped in with 10 points for the Tigers.

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