High School Season Wrap-Up: MIAA
The fifth in a six part series, today we take a look back on the high school season that was in the state of Massachusetts and the MIAA.
For the second consecutive year, Cambridge took the state association's top prize by winning the Division I state championship. After escaping a hard fought semi-final with Needham 50-45, Cambridge left no doubt in the final as they ran by Franklin 70-43 behind 21 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 blocks from Dimon Carrigan. The win solidified a perfect 24-0 season and the schools first back-to-back state championships since the days of Patrick Ewing.
The Boston Globe had a full recap of the final while LW Productions had video highlights of their last few games along with some behind the scenes footage.
Brighton was equally dominant in Division 2 as they knocked off Whitman-Hanson 94-48 in the semifinals before beating Nashoba 82-58 in the final. Ironically, the Bengals were actually down by one at halftime but ended up running away with the second half. Jordan Galloway led the way with a team high 16 points while Willie Veal and Tyrone Perry chipped in with 11 and 9 respectively.
Hanover won their first basketball state championship in Division 3 by knocking off Palmer 58-43. Matt Delahunt paced the champions with a team high 24 points, including 6 three-pointers, along with 9 rebounds. Fellow junior J.P. Landry added 11 points in a supporting role.
In a rematch of last year's Division IV final, Maynard scored some retribution over St. Mary's, avenging both last year's finals loss as well as another earlier this season, with a 62-42 win.
While neither the Boston Herald or the Boston Globe has yet to release their All-Scholastic teams, Inside the Huddle Massachusetts published their version of the all-state teams. It featured Cambridge's Dimon Carrigan and Jakigh Dottin as co-players of the year while Cathedral's Calvin Cheek, Needham's Thomas Shaughnessy, and BC High's Carl Pierre joined them on the 1st team. Arlington's Colin McNamara, Brighton's Tyrone Perry, Bridgewater-Raynham's E.J. Dambreville, Catholic Memorial's Ulyen Coleman, and Andover's Max Beati were named 2nd team. Everett's Ghared Boyce, Maynard's Corey Olivier, Lowell's Alex Rivera, Franklin's Connor Peterson, and Duxbury's Ryan Reagan were 3rd team. Newton North's Ethan Wright, Nauset's Charlie Campbell, Braintree's Nick Timberlake, Central Catholic's Colin Bradanese, and Mansfield's Sam Goldberg were 4th team. JE Burke's Dajour Dunkley, BC High's Travis Evee, O'Bryant's Rivaldo Soares, Lexington's Spencer Kendall, and St. John's Prep's Tommy ONeil were 5th team.