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Brighton gets to the D2 North finals after 84-68 win over #1 seed Salem

Mykel Derring (17 points) hit four 3's in the final quarter including this one.

Mykel Derring (17 points) hit four 3’s in the final quarter including this one.

Jordan Galloway (23 points) turned in seventeen points in the second quarter including three 3's

Jordan Galloway (23 points) turned in seventeen points in the second quarter including three 3’s

(Beverly MA) No let up from Brighton as they rolled past Salem, 84-68, in the D2 North semifinals on Thursday night.

The Bengals (16-8) put a 45-20 second half on Danvers in the quarterfinals on their way to ending the Falcons 30-game home winning streak. They were just as good against the Witches (21-3) and gained separation in the early going.

Speed, accuracy, and a steady influx of rested bodies enabled Brighton to put points together in a hurry.

Salem was plenty fast but there was very little rest for their starters. Tiredness often shows up on defense and the Bengals had more and more open looks as the game progressed.

It surely helped the Brighton cause to have Jordan Galloway (23 points) catch fire in the second quarter and Mykel Derring (17 points) do the same thing in the fourth quarter.

Jordan collected seventeen of his points in the second quarter hitting three 3’s and powering the Bengals to a commanding 49-28 halftime lead.

Mykel had four three’s in the final quarter. His accuracy in the late game kept Salem from ever getting closer than eleven points.

Alex Sanchez (28 points) with Bengals everywhere

Alex Sanchez (28 points) with Bengals everywhere

This was my first look at Salem’s Alex Sanchez. Talk about fast! He broke by and between some awfully good Brighton defenders to get to the rim. Most 5’6” players live long range but not Alex. He would dart to the rim without any encouragement.

This was a game played at such a pace that there actually were few fouls called. The shots went up that quickly for both squads.

Numerous Brighton players attempted to cover Alex Sanchez. In one of my pictures BHS coach Hugh Coleman looks as if he’s also part of the Bengals defense on Alex.

BHS coach Hugh Coleman exhorting his team to contain Alex Sanchez

BHS coach Hugh Coleman exhorting his team to contain Alex Sanchez

Good, loud crowd for both teams. The game’s start was delayed so that the Brighton fan bus could arrive.

Brighton took Salem out of the tournament last season in the quarterfinals.

The Bengals will now take on New Mission in the D2 North finals on Saturday. Brighton lost to New Mission, 85-70, on January 8th.

Brighton boxscore (Jordan Galloway should have 23 pts)

Salem boxscore

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Mykel Derring (17 points)

Mykel Derring (17 points)

Jonathan Casseus

Jonathan Casseus

Jordan Galloway tries guarding Alex Sanchez

Jordan Galloway tries guarding Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez covers Laqu Howard

Alex Sanchez covers Laqu Howard

Johnny Ortiz leads a break

Johnny Ortiz leads a break

Ricky Arias (17 points and 13 rebounds)

Ricky Arias (17 points and 13 rebounds)

Jordan Galloway (#4) sets up teammate Jordan Diaz

Jordan Galloway (#4) sets up teammate Jordan Diaz

Alex Sanchez (28 points)

Alex Sanchez (28 points)

Action on the rim

Action on the rim

Tyrone Perry congratulated at hafltime after tossing in a long buzzer-beater

Tyrone Perry congratulated at halftime after tossing in a long buzzer-beater

Izaiah Winston-Brooks in the closing seconds

Izaiah Winston-Brooks in the closing seconds

Tyrone Perry set to block Kelven Perpetuo

Tyrone Perry set to block Kelven Perpetuo

Brighton huddle

Brighton huddle

Jhonel Roberts skies for a rebound

Jhonel Roberts skies for a rebound

 

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Salem rallies to beat Brighton 60-58 in overtime in D2 North

Rashad Keys (#1), Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (#23), David Kazadi (#5), and Jamie Dominguez (#3) celebrate win over Brighton

Rashad Keys (#1), Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (#23), David Kazadi (#5), and Jamie Dominguez (#3) celebrate win over Brighton

(Salem MA) A year ago at the same site in a game between the same teams Brighton pulled away from Salem in the second half and won convincingly, 82-61.  The Bengals went on from there to become the Division 2 state champs.

This time around (Friday night) Brighton pulled away in the third quarter, leading by as many as thirteen points, but couldn’t hold the lead.  Salem caught up late in the fourth quarter and won in overtime, 60-58, in a Division 2 North First Round game.

Jamie Dominguez lines up the free throw in overtime that turned into three crucial points.

Jamie Dominguez lines up the free throw in overtime that turned into three crucial points.

Salem’s foul shooting was downright frightening (2-for-13) but in overtime that bad foul shooting helped produce the game winning points.  How, you ask? The Witches’ Jamie Dominguez went to the line with seventeen seconds left in OT shooting a one-and-one.  Salem was clinging to a one-point lead (57-56) at the time. When Jamie missed the front end, Brighton failed to react by blocking out and the rebound came right back to Jamie.  In an area where guards (like Jamie) get their shots blocks, Jamie wasted no time putting the ball back toward the basket with his left hand.  Off the backboard the shot went and in, and Jamie was fouled as well.  This time Jamie made the free throw and Salem suddenly had its biggest lead of the game, 60-56, and Brighton did not recover.

Salem hadn’t played in nine days and it showed.  Besides the scary free throw shooting there were also twenty-one turnovers through three quarters.

To say that the Witches (17-4) were fortunate to be anywhere near Brighton after three quarters is a huge understatement.  But they were because Brighton had sixteen turnovers through three quarters themselves.

Mark Mujica drives the lane

Mark Mujica drives the lane

The key to the Salem win, in my opinion, was the tempo change that Brighton opted for after they had the double-digit lead in the second half.  It was almost as if they tried to run out the clock too early.  They would pass the ball around the perimeter against Salem’s 3-2 zone and launch a long one late in the shot clock.  When things were going well for the Bengals they ran their way into good looks and were aggressive in their half-court offense.

Senior Rashad Keys (21 points) made several big plays for Salem in the overtime.  He started the scoring with a three from the corner.  Later with less than thirty seconds left, and Salem only up by one (57-56), Rashad blocked the shot of driving Mark Mojica.

Brighton (11-11) looked sharp early, jumping in front, 11-4.  Senior Mark Mojica (16 points) had two 3’s and a layup off a Salem turnover in the early going.

The Witches were able to come all the way back (21-19) with a 10-2 run.  Rashad Keys took a turnover in for a rousing dunk during this segment.

Javaughn Edmonds gets double-teamed

Javaughn Edmonds gets double-teamed

Salem had a 28-27 lead in the first minute of the second half before falling apart for three minutes of playing time.  While Salem had four turnovers and two missed free throws, the visitors ran fourteen straight points.  Freshman Javaughn Edmonds (14 points) collected five points and Mark Mojica added seven including a 4-point play.

Brighton now had a 41-28 cushion that was even bigger (46-33) when Javaughn hit a three and took a turnover in for two with three minutes left in the third quarter.

This was where I thought the Brighton tempo changed.  The Bengals got deliberate and the Witches became much more active on offense getting second chances and making layups.

A run of eight straight put Salem within four (47-43) two minutes into the final quarter.  A three by freshman Tyrone Perry stopped the bleeding momentarily before the Witches went on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 52-52 with 1:50 left.  A 3-point shot from the corner by Rashad Keys was the tying hoop.

Mark Mujica (16 points) and Jamie Dominguez (17 points)

Mark Mujica (16 points) and Jamie Dominguez (17 points)

Mark Mujica gave Brighton a 2-point lead but Jamie Dominguez (17 points) answered with a jump shot in the last twenty seconds.  Mark Mujica had a shot in the lane in the closing seconds of regulation but it wouldn’t fall.  Overtime went Salem’s way and they will advance to play #6 seed Belmont on March 3rd.

David Kazadi (12 points) and Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) also reached double figures for Salem.

Jason Jones had thirteen points for Brighton while Tyrone Perry added three 3’s.

Salem box

Brighton box

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David Kazadi gets a rebound

David Kazadi gets a rebound

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) puts back a rebound

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) puts back a rebound

Rashad Keys scores a three early in overtime

Rashad Keys scores a three early in overtime

Tyrone Perry shoots from the corner

Tyrone Perry shoots from the corner

Kelven Perpetuo tries a layup

Kelven Perpetuo tries a layup

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Strong second half sends Brighton by Salem 82-61 in Division 2 North quarterfinals

Malik James (25 points) tries to get between two Salem defenders

Malik James (25 points) tries to get between two Salem defenders

Chris Dunston (13 points) reached 1000 career points

Chris Dunston (13 points) reached 1000 career points

(Salem) Chris Dunston reached 1000 points but that was the only good news Salem got out of their, 82-61, loss to Brighton in the Division 2 North quarterfinals on Friday night.

The Brighton Bengals (17-6) face the winner of undefeated Melrose versus New Mission.  In February, Brighton defeated New Mission to win their first ever Boston city championship.

Very misleading final score.  The first half saw seven lead changes, and an eleven-point (28-17) Salem lead early in the second quarter.  Brighton was only ahead by three (42-39) at the half.

With that paragraph of information you can now imagine what a disaster the second half was for the Witches.  The home team put their trust in the perimeter game and paid for it when serious cold shooting set in.

Nick Simpson (29 points including two dunks and three 3-pointers)

Nick Simpson (29 points including two dunks and three 3-pointers)

The visitors ran eight straight to start the second half and suddenly after three minutes Salem trailed by double figures (50-39).  Nick Simpson (29 points) had an old-fashioned three and a tip in while Daivon Edwards (17 points) drained a three in this surge.

The Witches cut the deficit to six (50-44) and later nine (55-46) with 3 ½ minutes left in the third quarter.  A layup  by Jamie Dominguez (12 points) and a three and a jump shot by Billy Muse (15 points) provided the offense.

But the Bengals had all the points (six) during the rest of the quarter and they ended up ahead, 61-46.  Malik James (25 points) and Nick Simpson had layups and Mark Mojica took a Salem turnover in for two.

The Witches did not have the accurate shooting to respond in the fourth quarter.  When Chris Dunston (13 points) went out with his 5th foul with 4 ½ minutes left, Salem was down, 68-54, and now minus their best shooter.

Brighton celebrated the end game with layups and two dunks by junior Nick Simpson.

Salem played a zone defense and Brighton connected nine times from long range.  Senior Daivon Edwards had five long ones and Nick Simpson had three.

The Witches had six 3’s including two during their 18-7 segment in the first half when they turned a 4-4 tie into a 28-17 advantage.  Seven different players contributed points.  It looked like a long night in the making for Brighton.

Marvin Baez (9 points) with Daivon Edwards (17 points) behind him

Marvin Baez (9 points) with Daivon Edwards (17 points) behind him

But the Bengals trio of shot makers turned things their way over the next three minutes by putting a streak of fourteen unanswered points together.  Nick had a three, two free throws, and a layup off a Salem miscue.  Malik canned a jumper and a layup down the lane.  Daivon connected on one of his five 3’s.  This collect of Brighton scoring gave them a 31-28 lead.  They would still have that three-point lead (42-39) at halftime.

Brighton and Salem barely escaped their first round games.

This is Brighton coach Hugh Coleman’s fourth season with Brighton.  His up-to-date record at BHS is 71-22.

They only used seating on one side of the Salem gymnasium.

Both teams had tremendous quickness.

Malik James hears it

Malik James hears it

Junior Malik James has a next-level game already.  His dribbling, shooting, and defending are special.  What does he need to work on?  Ignoring the crowd.  No question the boisterous Salem crowd gave him plenty to listen to.

Somewhere along the line Chris Dunston got his 1000th point.  That info was announced several minutes after the talented senior had fouled out.

Brighton boxscore

Salem boxscore

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cheerleader toss

cheerleader toss

David Kazadi tries to block the shot of Nick Simpson

David Kazadi tries to block the shot of Nick Simpson

Malik James defends

Malik James defends

Brighton coach Hugh Coleman

Brighton coach Hugh Coleman

Second Nick Simpson jam

Second Nick Simpson jam

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