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Mystic Valley splits first round MIAA games

Posted by boston.com  March 1, 2014 10:00 AM

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

The Mystic Valley girls’ varsity basketball team will advance to the quarterfinals of the MIAA Tournament thanks to a 54-14 win over North Shore. The boys’ season came to an end on Tuesday night after a hard fought loss to a tough and senior laden team from Bishop Fenwick.

The Mystic Valley boys played one of their best games of the year despite being without the services of star center, Matt O’Connor, and playing against a Bishop Fenwick team that featured 8 seniors. The Eagles were up at halftime 31-30 having battled back from a 12 point deficit. They Eagles hung tight throughout the third quarter but two quick Fenwick baskets at the end of the quarter turned the momentum towards Fenwick leading to the final score of 73-61.

Junior guard Jean Celestin led the Eagles in scoring with 24 points. Michael Carlino followed with 15 including 3 three pointers. Kevin Mudymba scored 8 and Danzy Briceus and Ryan Foley each had 7 to round out the scoring.

Despite the loss, Coach Tony Ferullo was upbeat after the game. “I am very proud of my team. They left their hearts out on the floor and never gave up even when they were down in the first half. The character of this team is off the charts. They put forth a great effort from the beginning to the end of the year and were a joy to coach”.

The girls’ team easily won their opening round game. The game saw all 13 players score in the same game for the first time all season. Leading the way offensively was 8th grader Menel Lamadzema with 13 points and sophomore Meghan Foley with 11. Sophomore Ngosu Ndiwane played her “best game of the season” according to coach Cantwell swatting 7 North Shore shots and grabbing a game high 17 rebounds.

The girls’ record now stands at 16-5. They will return to the court at home Saturday night at 8:00 in quarterfinal action against Maimonides of Brookline.

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