Tyrik Jackson’s 20-point, 10-rebound effort led Charlestown over Boston City League rival, East Boston, 61-58, in the quarterfinals of the Division 1 North Tournament at East Boston High School Saturday afternoon.
Jackson netted 13 of his team-high 20 points in the second half, as the Townies (18-4) rallied to defeat a Jets (18-5) team fresh off winning the Boston City League championship.
“I thought Jackson played with confidence today,” said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso. “Ever since we played Brockton High School [in the Comcast Basketball Classic] and [Jackson] went against Brockton's 6-foot-8 kid (Sayvonn Houston). He’s become more confident with his offensive moves and being more aggressive. I think Jackson really helped us get this victory tonight.
“The game was up and down,” continued Cardoso. “Nobody had a big lead. I think that our guys just continued to stay with their game. It was a tough environment, but I told my guys that this was a winnable game if we played together as a team.”
Omar Orriols chipped in with 17 points and nine rebounds of his own for the Townies, who trailed 14-11 after the first quarter.
Orriols connected on the Townies only 3-pointer of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the second half to send Charlestown into the half trailing by just one, 30-29.
Tyrik Jackson’s dunk set up by a nice pass from Rony Fernandez (9 points, five assists) with 1:25 remaining in the third tied the game at 40. However, the Jets, led by Kyle Fox (20 points, including five 3-pointers) refused to allow the Townies to take the lead, as the teams entered the fourth tied at 46.
Orriols finally gave the Townies a lead on the opening play of the fourth quarter, driving the lane, getting fouled, and hitting the shot to put Charlestown up 49-46.
With the score tied at 44 and 1:45 to play, Jackson grabbed his ninth rebound of the game and put it back to give the Townies a 57-55 edge. Charlestown then went up 59-55 on two Tyrese Hoxter (7 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) free throws with 40 seconds to play.
“[Eastie] wasn’t boxing out, so I tried to crash and be aggressive and I got my chance at the end of the game,” said Jackson. “It was the perfect moment."
Zack Gattereau (10 points) connected on a three with 2.5 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 59-58, however Hoxter made on two more free throws and the Jets couldn't convert a desperation three at the buzzer.
The Townies will take on the winner to Sunday’s game between Lowell and top-ranked Central Catholic in the North semifinals.
“We’re coming together as a team, we’re coming together as a family and we’re playing hard and good basketball, said Cardoso of the Townies, who have now won four straight.
"We’re confident, our defense is clicking, and we’re trying to win a championship,” added Jackson.
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