The New Mission boys’ basketball team handed reigning Division 2 state champion Brighton a crushing 79-35 loss on Thursday night. Standout seniors and eager freshmen formed a winning combination for the Titans, who improved to 6-2 after the home victory.
New Mission senior guard Shaquan Murray scored a game-high 21 points in the Boston City League North showdown.
“We needed a big game from him and he delivered,” Titans coach Cory McCarthy said. “Shaquan’s always gonna get points. I just like the fact that he played with energy.”
Senior forward Fred Rivers, who finished with 4 points, set the tone for the Titans’ defense early in the game with a block that brought New Mission fans to their feet.
“I gotta be the defensive anchor on the court,” Rivers said. “I gotta talk them through everything. I know they can’t really see what I see 'cause I’m all the way in the back, but I think if I just talk them through it then we’ll be pretty successful.”
The Titans kicked off the game with a 12-0 run courtesy of the dominant play of their starting unit, which included freshman guard Charles Mitchell.
Mitchell finished the game with 11 points, including two 3-pointers in the second half. He was one of three freshmen who played for the Titans.
“I like those guys,” McCarthy said. “They can play anywhere and they chose to come here. They could play varsity anywhere.”
Freshmen Alex Delarosa and Chanle Mitchell, Charles’s brother, had played in New Mission’s JV game right before the varsity matchup. Both players saw varsity time in the fourth quarter.
“They’re going through the process of becoming varsity, high-level players,” McCarthy said. “You know sometimes you gotta go where you can. And they play at the JV level but they could play varsity anywhere else. I like how they were just intense. Intensity will take you far.”
New Mission held a 32-15 lead over the Bengals at halftime and continued to pull away in the second half. The Titans scored 8 straight points to start the third quarter and continued to curb any offensive rhythm Brighton tried to establish.
New Mission led, 53-20, to start the fourth quarter and the Titans’ freshmen added to the lead from the foul line. Delarosa scored 5 of his 7 points from the stripe and Chanle Mitchell sank two free throws. Mitchell also scored on a putback off of a missed Delarosa free throw to finish the game with 4 points.
“This was a big game for us,” Murray said. “We just wanted to come together as a unit, just play our game, just really send a message.”
Rivers echoed Murray’s sentiments, adding that New Mission’s cohesion has helped them perform well this season.
“Last year we didn’t have too much team unity, but this year it’s like we’re one,” he said. “I think that’s what plays a big part in our success on the court.”
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