MA HS Season Wrap-Up
The MIAA crowned four state champions in Massachusetts last weekend with Cambridge Rindge & Latin taking the top prize in Division I.
After winning the north, Cambridge matched up with Catholic Memorial in the semis, and narrowly escaped by a 77-73 margin. They met St. John’s Shrewsbury in the final, who had come out of the central region and knocked off Putnam in the semis.
St. John’s held a narrow lead for most of the first half but Cambridge was able to pull away with a decisive third quarter and take the state championship by a final score of 66-51.
Jakigh Dottin led the way with a team high 14 points while Dimon Carrigan scored 12 points and controlled the defensive end of the floor with 8 blocked shots. Carrigan had 12 blocks a few nights earlier in the semifinals. Aidan Keefer added 11 in the win. St. John’s was led by Adham Floyd’s game high 19 points, which including the 1000th of his career.
The state championship was Cambridge’s first since 2001 and they finished the season with a record of 24-1. Cambridge played the season in honor of Davonte Neal, a former teammate who passed away two years ago from cancer at the age of 16.
Below is a video made in November, just as the season was about to start, documenting Neal's impact on his peers.
In Division II, New Mission defeated Concord-Carlisle 52-48 in a match-up of the top teams from the north and central regions.
Lee and Jordan-Thomas both scored a team high 14 points while the senior guard also added 6 assists, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Laurent had 10 points, 5 blocks, 3 rebounds and took two critical charges down the stretch of the fourth quarter.
Eric Sellew, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Massachusetts earlier in the week, had 11 points and 12 rebounds for Concord-Carlisle while Aidan Cyr scored a team high 12.
The state championship is New Missions second in the last three years and fourth in the last seven years. They finished the season with a record of 23-3.
ESPN Boston has highlights on vimeo.
In Division III, Brycen Goodine exploded for 27 points and 10 rebounds while Malik Morris contributed 11 and 10 to lead Bishop Stang to an 80-64 win over Oxford. ESPN Boston spoke with Goodine following the win.
In Division IV, St. Mary's beat Maynard to take the state championship. Jonathan Mole and Jonathan Mercado each had 11 points while 8th grader Matt Cross 8 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks. Cal Howes and Corey Olivier had 22 and 20 points respectively.