DORCHESTER – In a matchup that went wire to wire for the second time in two weeks, Burke used a soldout crowd and the return of its level guard to steal a share of the Boston City League South boys basketball title.
Junior Jasaad Fenton hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with beneath three minutes remaining because the No. 12 Bulldogs survived No. 5 Charlestown, 68-65, at Burke High on Thursday.
“The way we practice, a lot of people would not be able to survive what we do in practice,” stated Burke coach Joe Chatman in regards to the psychological toughness of a sport that had 9 ties and 14 lead modifications. “We try to make practice more competitive than games, so that’s why when we’re in those environments we perform the way we do.”
Senior Jaeshawn Rogers scored the ultimate 4 factors to seal the victory for Burke (13-3, 7-1) and performed arduous all through as he led the crew with 18 factors and stepped up when junior Jaeden Roberts (16 factors) sat out a lot of the second half.
“As a team, we saw one of our best scorers go down early in the third. We lost our big man early in the fourth and it didn’t change anything,” Rogers stated in regards to the crew’s capability to get going within the fourth trailing 49-46. “We still stayed poised.”
With the crew’s depth examined as junior Gerald Banks fouled out halfway by means of the fourth, senior Demani Williams and senior Denilson Fanfan got here up with big buckets down the stretch off the bench.
“The biggest thing for us on that is that we teach that everybody has an opportunity to play,” stated Chatman in regards to the crew’s depth. “Everybody knows what my job as a coach was when I came here and it was to empower everybody.”
Charlestown (13-2, 7-1) didn’t falter after falling down as many as seven within the third quarter because the groups traded 9 of their 14 lead modifications within the second half with 5 of these coming within the third. The Townies led as a lot as 5 within the second quarter because the groups have been tied 14-14 after one and 25-25 on the half.
Sophomore Jaylen Hunter-Coleman led all scorers with 28 for Charlestown as he knocked down 5 triples, with three of these coming within the first half.
Next up, the Bulldogs will head to Massasoit Community College to face Dennis Yarmouth on Sunday at 5 p.m. Charlestown will face Brookline on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.