Six Premier Postseason Performances (2013 Basketball Playoffs)

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Six Premier Postseason Performances (2013 Basketball Playoffs)
Casey McLaughlin '13 - Central Catholic

Six Premier Postseason Performances (2013 Basketball Playoffs)

 

With the MIAA playoffs heading to the DCU Center in Worecester for the State Championships and the NEPSAC tournament already wrapped up we take a closer look at six star post-season performances that stood out over the past two weeks.

With their seasons on the line these Mass Prep Stars stepped up to the task and put forth BIG efforts.

 

 

 

Post-Season Performers:

 

Casey McLaughlin ’13 Central Catholic – In a 71-44 win over Woburn the Stonehill-bound McLaughlin (pictured above left) scored 34 points, had 16 rebounds, grabbed six steals, and had three blocks in the win.

She followed that up by scoring 24 points, including her 1,000th of her career, in a 62-31 win over rival Andover in the Sectional semi-finals.

McLaughlin scored 15 points and pulled down 14 boards in a 60-51 win over Westford Academy to secure a place in the D1 finals at the TD Garden yesterday.

Read more about McLaughlin and Central’s win here at ESPN Boston

At the Garden on Monday McGlaughlin helped lead her squad to the D1 Championship game at the DCU center against Holy Name on Saturday. Central Cathoic defeated Braintree 55-51 behind 18 points and 13 rebounds from McGlaughlin.

 

Kayla Burton ’13 – Point Guard – Newton South – Burton stepped her game up when the playoffs began as she helped guide No. 17 Newton South on a Cinderella run in the D1 South sectionals.

After defeating Taunton 60-54 in the preliminary round Burton (22 points) hit the game winner to help Newton South knock off D1 South sectional No. 1 seed Newton North 49-45 in overtime. The win over their cross-town rivals avenged a big loss to the Tigers earlier in the season.

Read more about the upset win here on ESPN Boston

Burton followed up that performance with 18 points in a 54-42 win over Durfee before bowing out against Franklin, 54-53, in a nail-biter in the semifinal round.

 

Jaszala Laracuente ’14 – Point Guard – New Mission – Despite a heart breaking 57-55 loss to Shawsheen in the D4 North quarterfinals Laracuente (pictured below) was simply amazing as the junior guard scored 32 points (five 3-pointers), had five assists, five rebounds and five steals.

A Divison 1 recruit Laracuente will be one of the top ranked players in the Mass Preps Class of 2014 rankings, due out later this month.

Read more about Laracuente’s performance on ESPN Boston

Jaszala Laracuente - New Mission

 

Tyler Gibson ’13 – forward – Rockland – The Rockland star ended his career in more than respectable fashion on Monday night in a 61-55 loss to Wareham.

The UMass Lowell-bound forward scored 25 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the narrow loss. Gibson averaged 20.6 points and 18 rebounds per game this season.

Read more about his effort on ESPN Boston

 

Malik James ’14 – guard – Brighton  - Fresh off a Boston City championship and an MVP award for his efforts James (pictured below right) has helped guide Brighton back to the TD Garden for tonight's match-up with Scituate.

James had 27 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds in a first round, 82-61, win over Salem.

James had his best effort on both ends of the court in a 65-62 win over previously unbeaten Melrose as scored 21 points, dished out nine assists and had some big defensive possessions late in the win.

Read more about James’ effort in the win on ESPN Boston

Malik James - Brighton

In the sectional championships James scored 10 of his 12 points in a big third quarter effort to help propel Brighton past North Andover 64-59.

 

Jalen Adams ’15 – Guard - Cushing – With the season on the line Adams (14 points) calmly drained a near half-court shot to propel Cushing Academy to 61-60 win over St. Andrew’s (RI) . The Championship shot gave Cushing the NEPSAC Class AA championship and earned Adams the Tournament Most Valuable Player.

Adams, a Roxbury native, is one of the top guard prospects in the Class of 2015, played his public school ball at Melrose last season and plays with the Mass. Rivals on the AAU circuit.

See Adams’ buzzer beater here on ESPN Boston


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