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By Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars
Shaquille O'Neal was in the house to watch his son Shareef. Nate Weitzer photos
Stars Who Shined
Jakigh Dottin ‘17 G – Only a point guard like Dottin can control the game while scoring just two points and failing to convert a single field goal. The senior produced nine rebounds and eight assists while finding Octavien for all four of his critical three-pointers.
He also found Carrigan off a well-designed inbounds play and the 6-foot-8 center dunked over a Crossroads defender to make it 45-36 and put the exclamation point on the win.
Kareem Octavien ‘17 G – The senior came up clutch against Santa Monica’s tough zone defense. His three triples in the second quarter softened up the Road Runners defense and allowed other Falcons to score in the paint down the stretch.
Third straight triple from Octavien. Cambridge up 21-17 late Q2 pic.twitter.com/TzWLR9jkWU— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) January 14, 2017
“I saw the clock running down and I knew I had to take the shot,” Octavien (video above/below) said about his first made three-pointer. “I have confidence in my ability and I don’t really mind where I’m at on the court. I was excited to come out and play and never really felt the nerves.”
His coached heaped praise on the Falcons unsung hero.
Crossroads TO leads to a layup for Octavien. 25-19 Cambridge early Q3 pic.twitter.com/V19R4ZmhBX— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) January 15, 2017
“Kareem [Octavien] just doesn’t get enough credit,” Dottin said. “He’s the fourth guy in our rotation behind [Carrigan], Daniel [Rymer] and Jakigh [Dottin]. It was nice to see him make those shots and he also deserves credit as our best on ball defender.”
Dimon Carrigan ‘17 C – The most critical defender for Cambridge on a night in which the Falcons faced a gigantic opposing front-court, Carrigan understood his role as the rim protector in this matchup.
Carrigan with the BLK off a crossroads player. 4-1 Cambridge early Q1 pic.twitter.com/jwRTk6zbOp— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) January 14, 2017
Carrigan with the rejection
“I’m a defensive player, that’s what I do, and the coaches had us prepared for everything, but It’s all about heart at the end of the day,” Carrigan said. “Most games I’m the tallest player on the court but dealing with 6-foot-10 guys today, I had to really focus and get some help from Daniel [Rymer] as well, which is what took the heart.”
He added, “Today wasn’t really about blocking shots for me, it was about changing shots. [O’Neal and Lee] might be bigger than most players I face, but the coaches told me that as long as I stay on my feet and use my reach I can affect their shots.”
Daniel Rymer ‘17 F – Right alongside Carrigan in terms of paint defense, Rymer denied Lee and O’Neal easy looks and helped force the duo to a combined 6-of-26 shooting from the field.
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