Although they currently sit atop the Boston City League South Division standings, the Burke High School boys’ basketball team fell to Boston English Thursday night, 72-64, on the Blue and Blue’s home court.
English was led by senior guard Shaun Miller, who scored a game-high 23 points. He knocked down four 3-pointers in the contest and played solid defense. But the Blue and Blue’s leading scorer actually began the game on the bench, as did the rest of English’s starters.
“I changed the lineup,” English head coach Barry Robinson said. “We kinda surprised [Burke] a little bit because they didn't expect that. I started my bench and my bench came in and did a tremendous job. Keep it close, make us inspired, make a switch, make the starters see how it feels on the bench.”
After one quarter, English held a slim 11-10 lead over the Bulldogs. The scoring began to heat up in the second frame as English jumped out to a 17-12 advantage. Burke eventually battled back toward the end of the second quarter and carried a 28-27 lead into halftime.
English junior guard Stanley Davis kicked off the third quarter scoring with a layup that put the Blue and Blue up, 29-28. Following another layup from senior forward Jerome Penn, Miller hit his first 3-pointer of the night to give English a 6-point advantage.
Burke cut English’s lead to 2, but Miller sank another 3 that crushed the Bulldogs’ offensive momentum.
“That’s what he brings to the table,” Robinson said. “He’s an excellent 3-point shooter.”
English held a 48-37 lead after the third quarter and shut down every attempt at a comeback by the Bulldogs.
Miller extended English’s lead as he sank a deep 3 to kick off the final eight minutes, firing up the home fans.
“I just try to do what my teammates need me to do to get the ‘W’ and that’s why everybody shared the ball, including myself,” Miller said. “If you’re open, you’re gonna get the ball with this team and that’s how the system works.”
English closed out the victory in the fourth quarter with 11 points from freshman guard Thomas Mabine, who finished with 13. Penn finished with 9 points and senior center Charles Andrews chipped in 7.
“I think everybody’s definitely stepped up today, especially the bench,” Miller said.
Despite starting the season with a 2-4 record, English still has plenty of time to earn a spot in the Boston City League championships. The Blue and Blue will look to carry the momentum from Thursday’s victory into next Wednesday’s matchup against South Boston.
“We’re just trying to flip the script and go above .500,” Miller said. “And try and make a run and go to states.”
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