Path Ends in the Garden

DIVISION 1 STATE SEMIFINAL, MARCH 12 AT THE TD GARDEN:
MANSFIELD 73, EVERETT 65

Talented and Efficient Mansfield Ends Crimson Tide’s Dream Season
By Lorenzo Recupero

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Junior Erick Thompson leans in for a shot during the loss to Mansfield.

For all of the accolades and milestones set this season, none could save the Crimson Tide from suffering a tough, 73-65, defeat against a strong Mansfield team that covered more of the TD Garden parquet than Everett’s defense could handle.

The Crimson Tide were playing in their first state finals bracket since 1994 following a 19-win regular season, one of the best in the illustrious career for head coach John Dibiaso, but the strength of the Hornet’s game — spreading the floor, living and dying by the 3-pointer — was too overwhelming for the Tide. Everett’s final lead of the game was 17-14 with just under a minute to go in the first quarter. Mansfield never let-up after that, going on a 20-2 scoring run that flattened Everett and ballooned Mansfield’s lead to 34-19 with 2:39 seconds to play in the first half. Continue reading Path Ends in the Garden