VIDEO and RECAP: No. 2 New Mission 78, No. 7 Brighton 70
by Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars
BOSTON – It’s not always pretty, but more often than not, the New Mission Titans find a way to wear down their opponents and come away with a win.
The No. 2 Titans (4-3) started slowly in their annual battle with No. 7 Brighton (3-2) at Madison Park High, but pulled away with a strong third quarter and put the hammer down over the final three minutes to seal a 78-70 victory over their conference rivals.
“It was a typical New Mission-Brighton game,” began Titans head coach Cory McCarthy. “It was ugly, messy and disgusting, but that’s the fabric of our team and the fabric of our program.”
Led as always by star twin guards Charles and Charlie Mitchell, New Mission hung around in the first half, but trailed Brighton 36-35, as they committed an uncharacteristic 14 turnovers over the first two periods.
Charles to Charlie Mitchell for 3 and were tied at 5 early Q1 pic.twitter.com/AHt20dlUat— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) January 7, 2017
Charles to Charlie Mitchell.
In the third quarter, the Titans committed just two turnovers while making a concerted effort to attack the basket and they soon built a five-point lead that they were able to sustain into the fourth quarter.
“It had me sick,” McCarthy said about the high number of turnovers in the first half. “It’s pathetic when a team of all guards turns the ball over 14 times. It’s not what we do. We were undisciplined, and although we won the game I’m absolutely furious at my team right now.”
Yet the Titans rallied when Alex Delarosa (15 points, 4 assists) began attacking the basket throughout the third quarter and Darren Tsagaroulis (16 points, 12 rebounds) finished in the paint.
New Mission led 69-64 with two minutes remaining when Daeshawn McLaughlin (14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) scored seven straight points as part of a 9-2 run to put the game beyond doubt.
“[McLaughlin] is a football player and that’s what football players do in basketball- they make plays no one else wants to make. He showed up big time for us and if you’ve been around us over the last few years you know that someone always steps up,” said McCarthy.
With this victory, New Mission defeated Brighton for the fourth consecutive time and maintained their in-state winning streak, which dates back to the beginning of last season.
Stars Who Shined
Charlie Mitchell ‘17 G – Both twins came up huge at points and Charlie was very productive with 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the victory. As one of the clear-cut leaders of his team, he explained the mentality that allows New Mission to win so many of these close games in the Boston City League.
“First we test the waters and then we play New Mission ball. It’s our rivalry and we were a little scared at first, but after awhile we saw how [Brighton] was playing and we felt like, ‘We got this.’”
Charlie leaked out for a key bucket during the Titans late runs, and added how New Mission’s intense practice regiment prepares them for these moments.
“We run and we run at practice and we know that other teams aren’t going to be able to run as long as we do. So when the fourth quarter hits, we know we got them and when we see the other team tired that’s when we go on our run.”
Alex Delarosa ‘17 G – The senior scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime and came up with a string of buckets immediately after the Titans lost key forward Kevin Nunez (7 points, 3 rebounds) to an apparent ankle sprain.
Delarosa again and New Mission leads 50-47 late Q3 pic.twitter.com/rkazS46QSi— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) January 7, 2017
Delarosa attacked the basket with consistency and found his teammates when the lane closed.
“Once we started attacking the basket and stopped shooting threes it opened up better looks for us,” explained McCarthy. “That’s how we have to play.”
Charles Mitchell ‘17 G – Charles was uncharacteristically slow to start, as he missed his first four three-point attempts, but he hit a huge corner three as a response to a three from Brighton’s leading scorer Mykel Derring (18 points) to put New Mission up 63-58 in the middle of the fourth quarter and helped seal the win with a couple of key assists.
Darren Tsagaroulis ‘17 F – The Titans are undersized up front, but 6-foot forward Tsagaroulis plays much bigger than his listed height.
He was able to provide a double double with a team high 16 points and 12 rebounds, while he also managed to knock down a couple of threes in the first half with a jump shot that can only be described as unconventional, but effective.
Daeshawn McLaughlin ‘17 G – Another senior rising to the challenge this season, McLaughlin stepped up when Nunez suffered his injury and made a number of big plays down the stretch.
Charlie Mitchell said, “Kevin [Nunez] is a big factor for our team and when he went down our hearts did drop, but we’re a team and we have a lot of talented players on our team and we know that if they got an opportunity to shine they will shine.” Indeed, McLaughlin shined with a huge three-pointer to make it 72-66 and a fast break layup to make it 74-66 with just over a minute remaining.
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