BROCKTON – The incessant exchange of tedders between BC High and Brockton boys ‘basketball teams ended with a decisive punch that silenced a once electric frenzy of fans – at the Boxers’ home, no less.
Seeking to complete a double-digit comeback effort, Brockton’s Cameron Monteiro aggressively led down the lane, absorbing contact en route to a layup that worked its way to tie the scoreline at 71 with nine seconds to go in extension.
With no time out to set the pace, BC High’s Mahari Guerrier was in a good position under the net to bounce off a Mike Loughnane miss to score the winning basket as time has expired.
“I’m too old for that,” joked BC High coach Bill Loughnane.
The decisive Monteiro / Warrior storyline was preceded by additional late-game heroisms from Monteiro. The second-year guard pulled out to receive the ball at midfield, rushed to the top of the key and flirted with an expensive turnover, to return a one-legged runner just inside the 3-point arch to set up the possible extension frame at 62 points each.
“Honestly, we were trying to get some sort of bullet proof. They missed the ball, but Cam is a returning varsity player. He’s just a sophomore and he will only get better, “said Brockton head coach Emanuel DeBarros.” He has nerves of steel – I call him IceMan because he ‘he was fantastic in terms of preparing for the biggest moment. He has taken a giant leap for us.
Monteiro finished with 19 points, including eight in the fourth quarter.
“It was a fun game, really. I thought the first half, the flow, the kids were going up and down, ”said Bill Loughnane. “I think both teams picked up a lot defensively, although we both scored points. I think every basket for both teams – you had to earn points. “
Speaking of which, Mike Loughnane finished with a top 33 points to lead BC High to the win and he scored in a variety of ways, serving as the team’s fire extinguisher during times when Brockton’s defense got coveted saves. . The senior skied three dunks overnight, one of which was to hit home a strong lob during the Eagles’ remarkable first quarter.
Brockton’s Dajon Burton – who also hit three 3-pointers – accepted the defensive mission on Loughnane and forced one of the state’s top players to take some tough shots.
“It was tough,” Mike Loughnane said of Burton’s defense. “He’s a great physical guard. He’s fast so he got into me and I couldn’t pass him easily. I really had to work for every point. It’s hard to score, it’s sure.
“Trying to go against him is a big achievement,” said DeBarros de Loughnane, who averaged 21.9 points per game last season. “He had to earn it and honestly that’s all we wanted to do. And when you’re such a good player and you deserve it, hats off to you. “
The Eagles got off to such a quick start (19-6 at the end of the first quarter) in large part thanks to the energy of their surrounding cast. Senior Greg Cooper’s backward jumps and transition passes totaled 23 points and Guerrier, also a senior, finished with 14. Senior Will Doyle’s 16 rebounds and 8 blocks solidified the paint.
“We say to the guys – if you’re open you have to shoot it. Tonight I thought Greg was really good,” said Bill Loughnane. “The 3 points he hit (in overtime) was a clutch. Mike can score. Mahari does a bit of everything. He rebounds, plays great defense, offensive rebounds that are huge, “he said, thinking of the winner of the game.
Mike Loughnane evaluated the production of Cooper, his backcourt mate: “It’s huge. He brings so much energy, he’s so athletic. He makes it difficult for people on defense and then he can turn things around so quickly and play on offense. He really took charge of us when our attack was a bit stagnant with his energy and that’s what he does well. It is really helpful.
As for the Boxers, the loss reluctantly presents itself as the team’s second in a row with a narrow two-point margin. Brockton lost his first game of the season to Dracut, 70-68 on Monday.
“We are still building. We have a lot of new guys so we’re just trying to freeze, “DeBarros said.” These guys are a really great bunch of men trying to learn. “
“Today you saw it, they are building together,” added DeBarros. “So tough loss, but I told them I’m very proud of them because of the way they competed. That’s all we want, just to compete. You win with class, you lose with class. and that’s all that matters. “