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
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