Final: New Mission 67, Hopkinton 56 — The Titans are headed back to the DCU Center for the second season in a row looking for a state title after taking down the Hopkinton Hiller 67-56. New Mission took a step up from Division 4 to Division 2 this season and proved their potential in the game, shutting out the Hillers shot in the fourth quarter, allowing them to score just 10 points in the victory. The Titans scored 18 in the fourth.
End of the third quarter: New Mission 49, Hopkinton 46 —Hopkinton stayed on New Mission's trail, but the Titans held onto the lead going into the fourth quarter led by Samir McDaniels and Leroy Hamilton who scored 4 points in the quarter.
End of the second quarter: Hopkinton 32, New Mission 30 — The Hillers took their first lead of the game at the 2:05 mark in the second quarter, 32-30, but New Mission junior guard Kachi Nzerem answered 5 seconds later with a trey to give the Titans a 1-point edge.
New Mission senior guard Darius Davis fouled Hopkinton's Brendan Litavis on the way to the basket, sending him to the line to shoot two, but the senior only nailed his second to tie the game 33-all with a 1:31 left in the half.
The Titans had the opportunity to take the lead with 57 seconds on the clock when Hopkinton's Will Relle recorded his first foul (9 team fouls) and sent Charles Gunter to the line to shoot one-and-one. Gunter missed his first attempt, giving way to a Hopkinton-possession after jump ball on the rebound scramble. Hopkinton senior Jake Doucette recorded his first 30 seconds later, putting the ball back in New Mission's hands but Gunter missed a jumper.
Hillers senior Jeff Dufficy and senior Graham Eagan tried for last second shots, but both were blocked by Titan sophomore center Isshiah Coleman, and New Mission stopped Hopkinton from taking a halftime lead.
End of the first quarter: New Mission 22, Hopkinton 18 — After a real physical first quarter, New Mission leads 22-18. The Hills have racked up four fouls and New Mission has 3.
Before game: The stands are filling up here at the TD Garden in the venue's third game of the day. No. 8 New Mission is warming up on one side, ready to take on the unranked Hopkinton Hillers for a berth in the MIAA Division 2 State championship game on Saturday at the DCU Center. Both squads have 20 games in the win column this season, so it should prove to be a battle for the No. 1 spot in the East.
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