WORCESTER -- Springfield Central took a 5-point lead entering the fourth quarter of the Division 1 state championship and turned it into a resounding, 67-46, win over Brockton at the DCU Center in Worcester on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles, who clinched their first state title since 1991, started the fourth on a 20-5 run, highlighted by two Cornelius Tyson 3-pointers that sucked the life out of Brockton, to hand the Boxers just their third loss all season.
“He had that look in his eyes,” said Springfield Central coach Michael LaBrie of his 6-foot-1 junior guard. “Tyrell [Springer], Chris [Prophet], and Lee [Turner], They all started looking Tyson because they knew he was on fire.”
Tyson finished with a team-high 16 points (and four 3-pointers), all of which came in the second half.
6-foot-2 senior point guard, Tyrell Springer also came alive in the second to score 9 of his 14 points for Central.
“I don’t like isolation stuff,” said LaBrie, “but [Springer’s] special. Once he gets it going I just stay out of the way. I just let him go and good things seem to happen.”
Central, who was badly outrebounded in the first half, erased a 7-point halftime deficit and rallied to put up 47 points in the final two quarters. The Golden Eagles also managed to hold Brockton’s leading scorer, Sayvonn Houston (9 points, 17 rebounds), scoreless in the second half.
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