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East Boston residents want sidewalks cleaned up

May 5, 2014 03:48 PM

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Ashley Jamie Delma

The day the city’s weekly trash pick-up in the neighborhood, refuse remains strewn on Saratoga Street in East Boston.

After the start of city street cleaning April 1, and thanks to the residents and business owners who clean the sidewalks outside their buildings, the sidewalks of East Boston are getting cleaner.

But some resident’s of East Boston are still not satisfied with the trash that lingers around on streets like Putnam and Saratoga after trash day.

“I feel like there’s a lot of work that needs to be done. The sidewalks are filthy,” said Nikki Trottier, 26 of East Boston. “I constantly complain about how filthy they are.”

Sidewalk uncleanliness is much worse in East Boston than other areas of the city, Trottier said. “I lived in the South End for a little while and it wasn’t nearly as bad as this,” he said.

East Boston has dealt with this issue of clean sidewalks in the past. On Facebook there is a page titled “Cleanup Eastie,” which was created in 2011. People in the community are encouraged to post pictures of the trash when they see it.

Four years ago, a pilot program launched in Jeffries Point neighborhood that was supposed to spread throughout all of East Boston. The goal was to impose “proper trash disposal and enforcement” to help get the streets of East Boston clean according to Eastetimes.com.

Yet, since 2012, the traffic on the Facebook page has died down and the trash is just as visible in the pictures then as it is on the sidewalks of East Boston now.

“I think it’s the community here. I think they don’t care, or at least no one is making them care anymore,” said Trottier.

Four years ago a new recycling program was introduced and residents of East Boston received new recycling bins, but “people don’t use them,” said Ed Pearson, Coordinator of East Boston Community Garden at Maverick.

Since some residents don’t recycle, people come pick through the trash bags for returnable bottles and cans, causing a mess said Julie Hard, who lives on Maryann Street.

Residents complained about what they often find when walking on the streets of East Boston. “I see the occasional diaper,” said Hard.

Pearson recalled finding a syringe outside the tree of his home on Green Street. “I called the city for that one,” said Pearson. “I wasn’t picking it up.”

“Lottery tickets everywhere, “ said Trottier. “Biggest thing I see around here, always.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

Malden/East Boston Mites win Valley Championship

March 25, 2014 09:10 AM

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The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

The Malden/East Boston Mites skated to a 3-2 overtime victory over Methuen in the Valley Championship in Haverhill.

MEB spotted Methuen the first two goals before mounting a great come from behind victory.

Jake Simpson had the first two goals with an assist to John Summers. Chris Cecca sent the boys home happy with a beautiful wrist shot 2 minutes into overtime that beat the Methuen goalie and sent the MEB skaters, coaches, and family members into a frenzy.

Chris Hanifan was spectacular in net making 20 saves and helped shut down Methuen for the final two periods and overtime.

The tone of the game changed on a Jonathan Monge checking penalty that seemed to send a message to Methuen that MEB should not be fooled with on this day. A strong defensive effort by Will Fosdick, Cristian Monge, Ryan Thomas, and Summers kept the Methuen forwards back. The backchecking and pressure of Anthony Messina, Ryan Jones, Joe Hurley, Lukas Deguire, and Chad Robertson kept Methuen on their toes all game.

The Mites were coached by Jon Fosdick, Bill Hanifan, Joe Hurley, and Tom Robertson.

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Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey looks towards playoffs

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Round Up for week 21 of the regular season. It’s a frantic time of year where make-up games pile on top of the end of the regular season. Playoffs are right around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000 in the MEB 10K Raffle and Dinner, March 21st at the Malden Moose. Only 200 tickets will be sold. See www.mebhockey.com/Fundraising_Events.html for details and ticket form.

MITE K (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Concord Carlisle 5
The Edge, Bedford MA

Jake Simpson had 2 goals, Chad Robertson 1 goal, and John Summers picked up an assist. Chris Hanifan kept the game close making 12 saves.

Malden/East Boston 6, Concord Carlisle 2
Valley Rink, Malden MA

The Mites were back in action on Sunday defending the Malden rink with a 6-2 victory over the same team that had beaten them 24 hours earlier. Jake Simpson had 4 goals, Chad Robertson had a goal, and Will Fosdick picked up the last goal. The defensive corps of Fosdick, Cristian Monge, John Summers, Ryan Thomas, Chris Cecca, and Lukas Deguire kept the puck out of the MEB end of the ice for most of the game.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Natick 5
Valley Rink, Malden MA

Malden/East Boston 6, Newton 4
Cronin Arena, Revere MA

Malden/East Boston 6, Stoneham 0
Allied Rink, Everett MA

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 2, Masco 7
Ranger Rink, Methuen MA

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, Lynn 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
 
Malden/East Boston 6, Arlington 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
   
MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 6, Arlington 1
Valley Rink, Malden MA
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Playoffs right around the corner for Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey

March 13, 2014 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey Round Up for week 22 of the regular season. Playoffs are right around the corner. Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000 in the MEB 10K Raffle and Dinner, March 21st at the Malden Moose. Only 200 tickets will be sold. See www.mebhockey.com/Fundraising_Events.html for details and ticket form.

MITE K (5-8 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 4, Newburyport 3
Valley Rink, Haverhill MA

The Mite Valley team finished up the regular season with a hard fought victory. Jake Simpson led MEB with the hat trick and Ryan Jones adding the other goal. Lukas Deguire, John Summers, and Will Fosdick all had assists. Chris Hanifan was solid in net. The Mites finish the regular season in 2nd place with a record of 6-2-2. 
Playoffs begin next Saturday morning in Lawrence.

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 7, Natick 3
O’Brien Rink, Woburn MA

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 8, Dorchester 0
Devine Rink, Dorchester MA

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 5, Burlington 3
Valley Rink, Malden MA

MIDGET (15-18 Years Old)

Malden/East Boston 3, Shrewsbury 4
O’Brien Rink, Woburn MA
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Malden/East Boston Bantam AA skates to tournament championship

February 27, 2014 10:00 AM
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The following was submitted by Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey:

Malden/East Boston Youth Hockey attended the Central Mass Winter Classic over the weekend and it was a great time. The Bantam AA team skated to a tournament championship!

Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000 in the MEB 10K Raffle and Dinner, March 21st at the Malden Moose. Only 200 tickets will be sold. See www.mebhockey.com/Fundraising_Events.html for details and ticket form.


MITE S (5-8 Years Old)

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston 0, Cyclones1, 6
Malden/East Boston 1, Cyclones2, 7
Malden/East Boston 0, Wilmington, 6
MITE K (5-8 Years Old)

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston 7, South Shore Eagles, 2

Jake Simpson had 4 goals, Chris Cecca had 2 goals, and Ryan Jones had 1 goal. Lukas Deguire had 3 assists, Cristian Monge had 2 assists, Joe Hurley and Ryan Thomas had an assist apiece. Great defensive effort by Will Fosdick and excellent goaltending by Chris Hanifan.

Malden/East Boston 5, Wilmington, 2

Chris Cecca stayed hot scoring 3 goals, Jake Simpson had 2 goals and an assist, with Anthony Messina adding an assist. Chris Hanifan played well in goal stopping a dozen shots.

Malden/East Boston 0, Ludlow Wildcats, 6

The Mites kept the game close holding Ludlow scoreless for the first period and a half. Strong defense by Will Fosdick, Jake Simpson, and Cristian Monge.  

SQUIRT (9-10 Years Old)
 

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston 1, NJ JR Titans, 1
Malden/East Boston 5, Holy Name Stars, 6
Malden/East Boston 8, WYHA Jr. Bombers, 5

PEEWEE (11-12 Years Old)

 

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston, 4 Wilmington, 3
Malden/East Boston, 0 Burlington,  6
Malden/East Boston, 2 Coastal Stars, 4

BANTAM AA (13-14 Years Old)

 

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston, 6 Coyotes2, 0
Malden/East Boston. 6 Norwood Nuggets, 2
Malden/East Boston, 7 LBYH Bantam C,  1

Malden/East Boston, 4 Coyotes, 1

TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS!

BANTAM AAA (13-14 Years Old)

NESC Marlborough, MA

Malden/East Boston, 6 WHK Hawks, 0
Malden/East Boston, 5 South Shore Eagles, 1
Malden/East Boston, 0 Wonderland Wizards, 2

Malden/East Boston, 1 Wonderland Wizards, 2

The Bantam AAA’s were defeated in Double Overtime

TOURNAMENT RUNNER UPS!

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East Boston falls to Somerville in first round of tournament

February 25, 2014 09:49 PM

Behind a game-high 25 points from sophomore forward Fru'nwi Che, the Somerville boys' basketball team defeated East Boston, 54-45, Tuesday night to advance to the quarterfinal round of the Division 1 North tournament.

“Fru’s the coach's dream,” Highlanders coach Mark Antonelli said. “You can yell at him, you can praise him, and his expression never changes."

Somerville kicked off the scoring but Jets junior guard Dion Knight answered with two straight layups to give East Boston and early 4-2 advantage.

After a low-scoring first quarter, Somerville led, 12-8.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Antonelli said. “It was a sloppy game offensively for us but I felt like they really stuck together and made the key defensive plays.”

The second quarter was another poor offensive showing for both teams. With just seconds left on the clock, the Highlanders held a 23-19 lead. But as the buzzer sounded, Knight drilled a 3-pointer to cut Somerville's lead to just 1.

“At halftime in the locker room the last thing I said to them was ‘do you want to go home or do you want to keep on playing?’” Antonelli said.

Somerville jumped out to a 29-23 lead early in the third quarter, but Jets junior forward Kevin Sinatra and Knight nailed back-to-back treys to tie the game.

Despite the brief burst of sharp shooting, the Highlanders defense refused to let East Boston find an offensive rhythm. Knight nailed another 3-pointer but Somerville senior guard Rayoni Matos answered with a 3 of his own, stifling the Jets’ surge.

Somerville led, 37-36, after three quarters. 

“Honestly we needed to step up, we were making too many mistakes on offense, too many turnovers,” Che said. “Transition defense was kinda shaky.”

Knight opened the final quarter with a nifty move to the rim, scoring and drawing a foul. He hit the free throw to complete the 3-point play and give East Boston the lead. 

A layup from senior guard Marcus Shaw extended the Jets' lead to four, but Che answered to pull Somerville within 2. 

Two free throws by Somerville junior guard Salim Warsame knotted the game at 41 with four minutes to play. 

A Che layup gave the Highlanders the lead. The Jets struggled to score as time ran off the clock, thanks to relentless defense from senior guard Kervinson Exilus and a strong rebounding effort by the entire Somerville squad.

Che said he knew the Highlanders could wrap up the win in the final two minutes.

“We hit our free throws,” Che said. “We got the ball over half and just broke their press.”

Eight points from Che and 3 from Exilus closed out the victory. 

Knight finished with 23 points for the Jets. Warsame and junior forward Jonathan Santana Arias each finished with 10 points for Somerville.

The Highlanders will take on Greater Boston League rival Everett in the quarterfinal round.

“It’s gonna be a typical GBL battle,” Antonelli said. “Both teams know each other, both coaches know each other. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Everett won both matchups with Somerville in the regular season, but the score was close in both games. In the season opener, Everett won by 6 points. In the most recent contest Feb. 7, the Crimson Tide won by 8.

“They’re a good team. They’re a really good team,” Che said of Everett. “Last time we faced them it was close. We just gotta fix some mistakes and get back to practice tomorrow and hope for a win.”

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

High voter turnout in Revere for second casino vote

February 25, 2014 07:53 AM

By late afternoon, there were no official turnout estimates available from city officials, but poll workers in Revere reported a steady flow of voters throughout the day for Tuesday's referendum on Mohegan Sun's proposal to build a $1.3 billion resort style casino at Suffolk Downs.

"I think the [turnout] has been equally steady citywide," said Joan Regan, a poll supervisor at St. Mary's Church in west Revere.

By mid-afternoon, nearly 1,000 voters had cast ballots at the church, the polling place for Ward 6, precincts 1 and 2.

Among the first voters was Revere mayor Dan Rizzo, who cast his ballot at about 8 a.m., Regan said.

Jane DeFronzo, 64, said she voted "yes" after casting her ballot just before 2 p.m. at St. Mary's.

"It's either going here or to Everett," said DeFronzo, who walked to the polls from her apartment nearby. "I'd like to see Revere get some money out of this."

Across the city on Broadway, the Reverend George Szal, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, stood holding two "No Casino" sings.

"Short term gains, long term pains," Szal said, explaining his opposition. "This casino will not fulfill its promise. It might provide provide some jobs in the beginnings but they won't last."

Szal said he was among the first in line, at 7 a.m. at Revere High School to cast his "no" vote.

The battle lines between supporters and opponents were clearly drawn. Cars, trucks, and even a mini-bus circled the city, plastered with red and blue "Vote Yes" signs or yellow and red "No Casino" signs.

Volunteers from each camp held signs outside many of the city's 21 polling locations, which included schools, churches, and fire stations.

They waved to motorists and flashed "thumbs up" whenever drivers beeped in support.

More than 200 workers are staffing the city's 21 polling places. Revere has 25,680 registered voters, and a flurry of new registrations were made in the run-up to the election.

Voters will be asked to decide if Mohegan Sun should be allowed to develop a casino on 52 acres of land on the Revere side of Suffolk Downs, a 160-acre thoroughbred race track that also lies in East Boston.

The Revere Beach-themed development would include two hotels, chic shops and restaurants, and a 24-hour casino overlooking the race track.

The outcome will determine if Mohegan Sun will remain a contender in the state's casino sweepstakes.

A "yes" vote will allow the project to advance before the state's gambling commission.

A "no" vote would kill the project, since the state's gambling law requires local approval.

Mohegan Sun is competing against Wynn Resorts of Las Vegas for the one license to operate a resort casino in Greater Boston, which is expected to be awarded by the state gambling commission in May or June.

Wynn proposes to build a $1 billion resort casino on vacant industrial land on the Mystic River. Everett voters last June approved that project, voting 86 percent in favor.

In Revere, the ballot will include a summary of key economic benefits of a host community agreement, a key requirement of the state's gambling law.

Mohegan Sun's agreement with Revere calls for the Connecticut-based casino company to make a one-time payment of $33 million to the city, plus annual payments of $25 million to $30 million.

Revere residents also would receive hiring preference for the estimated 2,500 temporary construction jobs, and 4,000 permanent jobs expected to be created if the project is approved.

Still, Mohegan's proposal has unleashed heated debate among city residents. On Sunday, supporters and opponents held dueling rallies trying to convince voters to approve or defeat the project.

Tuesday's election will mark the second time since November that Revere voters have been asked to approve a casino at Suffolk Downs.

An earlier proposal, which did not identify a casino operator, won 60 percent of the vote. But the proposal was soundly defeated in East Boston.

Suffolk Downs then partnered with Mohegan Sun to propose a new project to be built solely in Revere.

Kathy McCabe can be reached at katherine.mccabe@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @GlobeKMcCabe.

New Mission wins City League title, Sandiford earns tournament MVP

February 20, 2014 10:52 PM

Senior guard Shaquan Murray notched his 1,000th career point and senior forward Asante Sandiford earned tournament MVP honors, but New Mission’s 73-54 City League championship victory over East Boston Thursday was truly a team effort.

“They’re such a great group of kids. I can’t even put it into logical words,” New Mission coach Cory McCarthy said. “Those are incredibly good kids.”

Sandiford scored a game-high 21 points, Murray added 19, and junior guard Tyrique Lee finished with 12.

Sandiford said although it felt “really good” to be named the MVP, the award is actually for all of his teammates.

“I really appreciate them, they’re giving me the ball, they’re feeding me inside so I just really appreciate that,” Sandiford said. “The MVP doesn’t go to me, it’s a team game. We have team chemistry and we’re a family.”

The 6-foot- 4-inch Sandiford led the Titans’ offensive charge from the opening tip. He drew a foul with an aggressive drive on New Mission’s first possession and sank one of two free throws to give New Mission a lead they would never relinquish.

After one quarter, the Titans led, 22-11.

New Mission’s offensive dominance continued in the second quarter. Murray, who entered the game 10 points away from the 1,000 mark, nailed a 3-pointer with 2:55 to play in the frame to eclipse the milestone.

“It’s amazing. It’s a blessing,” Murray said. “Words cannot express how I feel about it right now.”

At halftime, New Mission held a 38-27 advantage.

East Boston (14-7) tried to stage a comeback in the second half, but struggled to find an offensive rhythm. Jets junior guard Dion Knight, who scored 35 points in East Boston’s semifinal matchup, was well-defended by Lee and senior guard Kordell Harris.

“Dion Knight’s a stud,” McCarthy said. “And we had to really focus on him to make sure he wasn’t the one that was gonna beat us. And that formula worked tonight.”

Knight finished with 18 points for East Boston. Senior guard Marcus Shaw scored 11.

The Titans played with intensity until the final buzzer. Sandiford scored 5 points in the final frame to complete his MVP performance.

McCarthy praised Sandiford’s effort in the game.

“He came to play,” McCarthy said. “His hand is a little bit banged up from yesterday’s game, he was all banged up, he’s running around with a band-aid on his head. But you know what, he’s a kid who has developed to a utility basketball player that any college program could use. 6-4, can shoot, can dribble, can pass, can play defense.”

The Titans (18-2) posted the best record in the city league this season and are in position to make a serious run in the state tournament. Sandiford said the team is going to work hard and “bring a lot of heart” in the postseason.

“At the end of the games when it’s close and tight, it’s not about talent,” Sandiford said. “It’s about your heart and who really wants it. And we want it. We’re hungry.”

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

Legoland seeks child ambassadors for Discovery Center

February 20, 2014 12:52 PM


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Think your child has what it takes to become one of Boston’s inaugural Lego ambassadors?

From now until March 14, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will be accepting applications from children ages 5 to 12 to participate on a team to help LEGOLAND become the best attraction of its kind.

Kelly Smith, Marketing Manager at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, said this is another step that will bring the discovery center closer to its opening in May. The group selected Ian Coffey as the new master model builder on January 26, and now Coffey will select his panel of child advisors to give feedback on the new center.

“We had our Brick Factor competition to find the master model builder, but every one needs a great team of support,” Smith said. “So we’ve developed the junior competition, which will allow 12 kids to be part of a team to help Ian with events and activities leading up to grand opening, as well as after the fact.”

Ian Coffey, the master model builder for Boston’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center, said he is excited to select the team of children that will comprise the junior construction panel and that he will be looking for a variety of qualities in the applications.

“It’s my first real responsibility, which I’m really excited for,” Coffey said. “The things I’m looking for is how creative the children can be, how enthusiastic they are, and how their imagination comes about . . . [I’m looking for] who really had all those things coming together when they built with the Lego bricks.”

As part of the application, children must include a video or photo and written response explaining what makes them the biggest Lego fan and why they should be part of the panel. They should also show something they built with Lego bricks. Coffey said he is excited to see the responses and what the kids come up with by themselves.

“In an essay, I want to see the kid. I love the raw child, even a handwritten note,” Coffey said. “When you’re reading it and you can really see that they’re engaged in what they’re writing, that’s the kind of stuff that’s going to stick out to me.”

Smith said that while a major part of being ambassador is testing the rides and being excited about the attraction, another part is providing feedback to the center. She said LEGOLAND is an attraction for children, and as such their opinions help make the center the best it can be. She said that in the process, it also provides children a great opportunity to interact with adults and grow through working in a team atmosphere.

“It’s a team of 12, so they will need to work together and develop skills of teamwork. But also, interpersonal skills, speaking skills and confidence will be gained throughout the year . . . It’s a pretty strong role for a child,” Smith said. “[We’re looking for] children who feel comfortable working with a variety of different people.”

Smith said it will be interesting to see the number of children who apply. She said it’s great to be able to offer those selected the chance to experience the discovery center before it officially opens in May.

“The Discovery Center is a really exciting attraction coming to the Boston area,” Smith said. “It’s kind of a unique opportunity for a child to be able to experience something so new and great and incorporate it with a toy that’s so educational and constructive. It’s such a great toy that so many children love.”

Coffey hopes that parents will encourage and help their Lego-loving children to apply. He said that for him, it was all about taking steps towards what he loves, and he hopes a lot of children will do the same.

“I want kids to come out of this after day one saying this is my dream, I can reach it. I can do this,” Coffey said. “The creativity, design, imagination, you can build those and shape them, but I really want children to understand that if they want to become something—even become a junior panelist—to just keep going for it.”

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston will be accepting applications for its junior construction panel from now until March 14. The 12 winners will be announced on their Facebook page on March 17. For contest rules and to apply, visit the LEGOLAND’s website.

Championship week: East Boston wins in OT, New Mission tops Snowden

February 19, 2014 10:35 PM

East Boston earned a 59-57 overtime victory over Dorchester in the first matchup and New Mission defeated Snowden, 66-50, in the late game Wednesday at Madison Park. The two teams will go head-to-head in the city championship Thursday.

In the first semifinal, junior guard Dion Knight carried East Boston with a game-high 35 points. He scored 9 in the first quarter and gave the Jets an early 16-7 lead.

“We gotta ride him, he’s our go-to guy. We go as Dion goes,” East Boston coach Shawn Brown said. “And in that situation it’s get the ball to Dion and we play off of Dion, it’s no secret.”

Dorchester’s defense tightened up in the second quarter. After trailing, 23-10, The Bears went on a 16-4 run behind two 3-pointers from senior guard/forward Tavon Smallpiece and trailed by just 1 at halftime.

After a low-scoring third quarter, Dorchester led, 36-35.

The teams swapped 1-point leads to start the fourth quarter. Down 42-41, Knight gave East Boston its largest lead of the frame after a layup and a 3-pointer. Layups from Dorchester junior guard Justin Clarke and Smallpiece tied the game at 46 with just over a minute to play.

Neither team could score in the final seconds and the game headed to overtime.

“It was a scary thing,” Knight said. “I thought we were gonna lose. I had to keep my head in the game.”

Brown said he told his team that overtime was just four more minutes to win the game.

“I told them at that point it’s about them,” Brown said. “They gotta want it more, it’s about who wants it more. And they came out and worked hard.”

Overtime was much like the final quarter. The teams traded buckets and the score was knotted at 55 with 1:47 to play. Knight sank two free throws to give East Boston the edge, but senior guard Khail Newson made a layup to tie the game once again.

With just 34.8 seconds left on the clock, Mitchell scored to put the Jets on top. Dorchester was unable to score on its final possession and East Boston escaped with the victory.

Dorchester senior guard Markus Neale notched his 1,000th career point and finished with 15 in the loss.

In the second game, New Mission coach Cory McCarthy earned his 200th win and senior forward Fred Rivers scored a game-high 21 points for the Titans. Senior forward Asante Sandiford added 12 points, including three huge one-handed dunks.

“Snowden, they’re a good team,” Rivers said. “They came out, they gave us their best in the first and then we felt we needed to turn it up a little notch so we came out and tried to have as much fun as we could playing.”

Originally published on the blog The High School Sports Blog.

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