Cathedral should've known better. Their fans were screaming all night long, "box out!" Yet when it came down to it, they couldn't keep New Mission's twin towers Ousmane Drame (6-8) and Kachi Nzerem (6-4) off the boards.
Drame finished with 17 boards and 24 points, most of the scoring done off putbacks. Nzerem had another eight boards and 10 points. Together, the two anchored the Titans as they blew past Cathedral for a 28-point drubbing, 75-47, winning the Division 4 Eastern Mass championship at the TD Garden.
It was business as usual for New Mission, which has won its last three games by a margin of 41, 32 and 28 points, respectively.
Cathedral was led offensively by Kyle Lawyer off the bench. He scored 12 points in the game. Point guard Carlos Bermudez added 11 points for Cathedral, which struggled to hit shots throughout the day.
Samir McDaniels dropped 17 points on Cathedral for New Mission while point guard Osmel Odena added another 14, solidifying the Titans' offensive output.
We'll be chatting all day today as the Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 boys Eastern Mass championships and state semifinals take place at TD Garden.
First up at 2:30 p.m. is New Mission vs. Cathedral. Afterward, we'll tackle Bedford vs. Wareham at 4:15 p.m., then Salem vs. Falmouth at 6 p.m., followed by Central Catholic vs. Madison Park at 7:45 p.m.
You'll see all the updates here, all day long.
Get ready, because this is going to be a marathon.
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