Saturday, March 12, 2011
Newton North loses to Mansfield, 48-46 in the South Div. 1 finals.
The upset was there to be had, but in the end, the Newton North boys basketball team just could not finish. With an eight-point fourth quarter lead, the seventh-seeded Tigers controlled their destiny. But Newton North hit a cold streak allowing No. 1 Mansfield to gain the upper hand, and eventually, take the 48-46 victory in the Div. 1 South Sectional final last night at the TD Garden in Boston. “I’m devastated,” said Newton North head coach Paul Connolly. “We were so close. We battled all-year long. We’ve come together. We made some big plays in the game. We stretched the lead a little bit and then we stopped scoring.” With the defeat, the Tigers' season ends at 19-7. The Hornets, meanwhile, improve to 24-2 and advance to the state semi-…
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Newton South ends a historic 21-2 season with a 47-45 loss to Mansfield.
For most Lion players, the tears commenced as time expired and it continued to flow as they streamed out of the locker room one by one after the coach spoke. This was a heartbreaking loss for the Newton South girls basketball team. The third-seeded Lions appeared to be in control of the Div. 1 South Sectional semi-final game after tallying a 19-point advantage at halftime. But Newton South could only muster four third-quarter points in what turned out to be an abysmal offensive half leading to a 47-45 loss to No. 2 Mansfield. “I could have made a few adjustments,” said Lions head coach Sam Doner. “I’m sure when I get home I won’t sleep tonight and think about what I could have done differently. One possession, two possessions, would have …
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Newton North beats New Bedford to advance to the Div. 1 South finals.
To the TD Garden they go. The No. 7 Newton North boys basketball team used a momentum-shifting third quarter to defeat No. 3 New Bedford, 67-44, Tuesday night, which catapulted the Tigers to the Div. 1 South Sectional final to be held at the Garden. “This is the best game of the season,” said Tiger senior captain Avi Adler-Cohen. “We were locked in. We came in with a game plan. We knew what we had to do to execute it.” With the triumph at the University of Massachusetts’ Clark Athletic Center, Newton North improves its record to 19-6. The Tigers will now battle No. 1 Mansfield, which knocked them out of the tournament last season, for the Div. 1 South title Friday. The time has not been determined. Notwithstanding the Newton North’s potent…
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The Newton North boys won their semi-final match tonight against New Bedford, 67-44.
Come Friday night, the Newton North boys basketball team will be under the big lights at the TD Garden in Boston. After tonight's 67-44 semi-final win against New Bedford, the No. 7-ranked Tigers move on to the Finals for the South Div. 1 tourney. The boys will face top-ranked Mansfield for the sectional title Friday. Newton North's win brings the boys basketball team to 19-6 on the season. Mansfield sits at 23-2. Stay tuned to Newton Patch for full game coverage of tonight's semi-final match.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
The Newton North boys basketball team beat Weymouth yesterday 54-45.
Add one more Newton basketball team to the list of semi-final teams in the South Div. 1 Sectional Tournament. The No. 7-ranked Newton North boys basketball team beat No. 2 Weymouth yesterday in a quarterfinal match 54-45. The Tigers (now 18-6) will move on to face No. 3 New Bedford (18-3) in a semi-final match Tuesday evening at UMass Boston. The game is set to start at 7 p.m. After a win Friday night, the No. 3 Newton South girls basketball team slid into a semi-final spot after taking down Taunton. They will face Mansfield Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at Massasoit Community College.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Newton South defeats Taunton, 64-57, to advance to the semi-finals.
For the second March night, the Newton South girls basketball team’s playoff life hinged on the three-point shot. And once again, the clutch shooter was Sophie Bikofsky, who netted four fourth-quarter three-pointers en route to the Lions 64-57 win over No. 11 Taunton in the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament. “She is one of the best shooters I’ve ever seen in New England,” said Newton South head coach Sam Doner. “I’ve been training a lot of kids in my life and I’ve seen a lot of great shooters. Shooters keep shooting—open, if you’re not open, shoot the ball. She started losing confidence in the first half, starting gaining it in the second half.” The third-seeded Lions (21-1) now advance to the semi-finals where they will play No. 2 …
Friday, March 4, 2011
The Tigers defeat North Attleboro, 62-51.
Individuals win scoring records, teams win titles. The Newton North boys basketball squad is on its way to validating that maxim after a team effort led to a 62-51 victory last night over No. 10 North Attleboro in the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament. The cohesive play was epitomized by the fact that the seventh-seeded Tigers had three scorers net double digits in the contest: Luke Westman (18 points), Aaron Falzon (17 points), and Avi Adler-Cohen (13 points). “Our guys did a great job,” said Newton North head coach Paul Connolly. “We had a game plan. We prepared for these guys. They can really shoot the ball.” He added later, “It was a good team victory for us.” With the triumph, the Tigers (17-6) advance to the quarterfinals where they …
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Newton North boys basketball beat North Attleboro tonight 62-51.
With a victory tonight against No. 10 North Attleboro, the No. 7 Newton North boys will move on to the South Div. 1 quarterfinals. The Tigers took the win tonight 62-51 and move to a 17-6 record on the season. Newton North will face No. 2 Weymouth this Saturday in Weymouth for the quarterfinal match. The game starts at 6:30 p.m. Stay tuned to Newton Patch for full game coverage from tonight.
Newton South defeats Brockton, 67-53.
Move over Ray Allen, there’s a new three-point sharp shooter in town, and her name is Sophie Bikofsky. The senior Lion drained five first-half three-pointers helping guide the No. 3 Newton South girls basketball team to victory over No. 19 Brockton, 67-53, in the first round of the Div. 1 South Sectional tournament. “We talked about that from day one, about when someone has the hot hand, keep giving them the ball,” said Lions head coach Sam Doner. “Not only did they give her the ball at the right spots, she ran to the right spots. She moved without the ball extremely well.” Newton South bounced back from its only loss of the year—a 73-70 overtime defeat to Central Catholic to end the regular season—with a triumph that advances the team to …
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
The Lady Lions beat Brockton tonight 67-53
The strong No. 3 Newton South girls basketball team slid into a South Div. 1 quarterfinal spot tonight with a win against No. 19 Brockton. The Lady Lions took down Brockton tonight at home, 67-53. Newton South, now 20-1 on the season, will face the winner of the Quincy and Taunton game held tonight in Quincy. The quarterfinal match will be held Friday at 7 p.m. The location has not been announced. Stay tuned to Newton Patch for full game coverage.