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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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Salem holds off previously undefeated Danvers 41-38

Jamie Dominguez (11 points) hit clutch free throws vs Danvers

Jamie Dominguez (11 points) hit clutch free throws vs Danvers

Devan Harris lines up the last shot of the game

Devan Harris lines up the last shot of the game

(Salem MA) It wasn’t pretty but it was plenty exciting!

Salem held off formerly undefeated Danvers, 41-38, before an excellent weekday crowd on Tuesday night.

Danver’s Devan Harris took the last shot…….a three from the right corner that rimmed out with a second left.  If that goes the game would have gone into overtime, but instead Rashad Keys of Salem secured the rebound and the Witches had the win.

This game was low in scoring but abundant in miscues.  Bad passing decisions caused many of the forty-one turnovers (21 Danvers, 20 Salem) that I unofficially totaled.

Danvers (8-1) started fast getting the game’s first seven points and later building a 19-10 advantage with 4 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter.

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) and David Kazadi (10 points)

Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (10 points) and David Kazadi (10 points)

The Falcons had five turnovers and one point to show for the rest of the second quarter.  Salem (5-1) took flawless care of the ball and put ten points together (three layups Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez, jump shot David Kazadi, 3-pointer Jamie Dominguez) and had a 21-20 halftime lead.

That one-point lead held up through the third quarter.  Jamie Dominguez (11 points) and Mark McCarthy (12 points) both had two 3’s in the period.  Jamie’s first one was three straight free throws.

Danvers regained the lead (34-33) early in the final quarter as Peter Merry (14 points) converted his own rebound.

Salem scored all the points in the next 3 1/2 minutes on outside shots by Rashad Keys, Kelven Perpetuo, and David Kazadi (10 points) and Danvers never recovered from the 39-34 deficit.  They certainly came close!

Peter Merry (14 points) gets a rebound

Peter Merry (14 points) gets a rebound

Inside scores by Peter Merry at 1:27 and :26 had the visitors within one.

The Falcons gave two fouls and then got Jamie Dominguez to the free throw line shooting 1-and-1 with ten seconds left.  Jamie calmly sank both tries boosting the lead to three.

The Falcons executed their tying attempt perfectly.  The ball was on one side and Devan Harris, who had been in close to the basket all night long, drifted to the weakside corner.  A long diagonal pass (from Kashad Francois) found the Hingham transfer with a great look.  But his shot rimmed out to deny overtime.

A scary moment for Salem was when Rashad Keys went out with a leg injury early in the second quarter.  The newcomer from Mississippi, however, did return in the second half.

Good crowd on hand from both schools.  There was plenty to cheer and groan about in this one.

halftime cancer awareness speakers

halftime cancer awareness speakers

At halftime there was an excellent presentation on cancer awareness.  Both teams were wearing shirts for the event.

Next for Salem is home versus Revere on Friday night.

Danvers will travel to Swampscott on the same night.

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Danvers box

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Salem shot blockers

Salem shot blockers

Jamie Dominguez drives on Devonn Allen

Jamie Dominguez drives on Devonn Allen

sportsmanship

sportsmanship

fancy pass

fancy pass

Rashad Keys goes for the block on Kieran Beck

Rashad Keys goes for the block on Kieran Beck

Devan Harris in heavy traffic

Devan Harris in heavy traffic

Mark McCarthy (12 points)

Mark McCarthy (12 points)

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