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Mystic Valley 5th & 6th grade boys advance in tourney

Posted by boston.com  March 12, 2014 05:53 PM

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The following was submitted by the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School: 

The Mystic Valley boys’ 5th & 6th grade basketball team advanced in their league championship tourney with a win over Tewksbury. The Eagles lost to Georgetown in a seesaw battle that had both teams leading at various points.  Georgetown was able to make their free throws down the stretch and pulled out the win.  Kenny Jean-Pierre had 19 points and Alfie Tsang added 16 to lead the team.  

Also scoring were Devin Aquino with 10 big points, Tarekegn O’Neill with 8 and Simon Daponta and Michael Selter adding 2 points apiece.
Fortunately, it is a double elimination tournament and on Sunday the team regrouped and led from start to finish.  Alfie Tsang led a balanced attack with 10 points.  Devin Aquino and Tarekegn O’Neill had 6 points each, Joey Dajci added 5, Kenny Jean –Pierre scored 4.  Also on the board were; Ethan Pho with 3 points and excellent passing and floor management; along with 2 points each from Simon Daponta and Shamus Royds.

The team now plays #2 seed Beverly at the Governor’s Academy (formally Governor Dummer Academy) in Byfield on Wednesday at 5:45.

Also over the weekend, Mystic Valley's 7th and 8th grade girls' basketball team lost to Danvers, 40-33, in the 2nd round of their playoffs, bringing their season to an end. The Eagles played a well-fought game and a late 2nd half surge made things interesting before Danvers pulled away with the win. Leading the Eagles in scoring were two 7th graders, Michela Correale (9 points) and Talia Mamayek (8 points). Rounding out the scoring were 7th grader Anastasia Bessler with 4 points and 8th graders Hannah DiGiovanni and Brianna Paris with 3 points apiece. Rachel Wronski, Petrina Alesy, and Kamari Adamson also contributed with 2 points each. "They played hard and never gave up", said Coach Andrew Brown after the game. "I'm sad that the season had to end this way but I'm also proud of what this group accomplished over the course of the season."  

In their first year in the North Shore Girls Basketball League, the Eagles finished the regular season in 2nd place of the 8th Grade Division 2 with a record of 9-6. Coach Brown was happy with how far the team had come from the beginning of the season. "Towards the end of the season, this group really came together and started playing as a team rather than playing as 15 individuals who happened to be wearing the same jersey. 

This is a good group of young women who exemplified what Mystic Valley is all about, both on and off the court, and I'll enjoy watching them play at the next level of basketball." The Eagles are losing 6 of their players as they move on to the High School next year. "I want to wish Brianna, Hannah, Leah, Petrina, Malak, and Kamari the best as they move up to the High School next year and try out for the JV and Varsity teams. They were a good group of 8th graders and will definitely be missed next season."

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