2011 Mass Boys D1 Sectionals at the Garden
The Massachusetts D1 sectionals were as advertised Friday as we saw a low scoring defensive battle and an up and down track meet.
In the 6:45 p.m. D1 South Final Mansfield defeated Newton North, 48-46.
In the 8:30 p.m. D1 North Final St. John;s Prep defeated Lawrence, 87-73
Mansfield trailed most of the game but got a huge fourth quarter and final two minutes from Michael Lofton '11 (pictured below) to defeat Newton North. Lofton scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds but it was his dish to teammate Chris Johnson with less than 5 seconds remaining that sealed the win for the Hornets. Lofton also had a steal, a breakaway dunk and another bucket when it mattered most.
Newton North was led by senior Tevin Falzon '11, who was assertive offensively (14 points) and dominating on the glass (16 boards) for the Tigers.
In the nightcap St. John;s Prep led, 47-46, at the half but came out in the third and put Lawrence away. Junior guard Mike Carbone '12 (pictured above left) put on a shooting clinic hitting seven 3-pointers ( 5 in the third) on his way to a game high 31 points,
Notre Dame bound senior Pat Connaughton '11 (pictured below) chipped in with 28 points and owned the glass for Prep.
Lawrence star guard Jaylen Alicea scored 30 points and picked up his 1000th point in the third quarter. Alicea was amazing throughout the entire tournament.
St. John;s Prep (23-1) will now face Mansfield (23-2) in the Eastern Mass D1 finals at the TD Garden on Tuesday.
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