Central Catholic Raiders Boys Basketball '08-'09

Sun, Mar 08, 2009 07:00 PM @ Central Catholic
Team 1 2 3 4 Final
Lynn English 16 17 17 21 71
Central Catholic 14 8 17 21 60
Central Catholics Billy Marsden, right, drives past the Lynn English defender during boys basketball Division 1 North Finals at the Tsongas Arena. » Eagle-Tribune, Staff PhotographerMore photos

Central repeat bid ends at Tsongas

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Sunday, March, 08 By Hector Longo
Staff writer

LOWELL - Lynn English accomplished what no other Bay State team could this year.
The Bulldogs flustered Central Catholic to the point of bewilderment.

Forcing 30 Raider turnovers, including 16 on steals, English ended Central's bid for a state championship repeat with a gate-to-wire 71-60 victory before about 4,000 fans in the Division 1 North title game at Tsongas Arena.

"Their athleticism one-through-nine was just to deal with, "We're not a great ballclub taking care of the basketball, but we're not as bad as we were tonight. It had a lot to do with their pressure defense.

"They made us play a hectic game, helter-skelter. They made us play sloippy."

Central, which finishes at 23-2 (the other loss was to American Heritage of Florida), never had the lead and pulled even just once, at 2-2.

"We really messed up in the first half, and that was so tough to overcome," said senior Billy Marsden.

Somehow, despite all the carelessness with the basketball and a money game from English junior Ryan Woumn, Central still managed to make things interesting.

Trailing by as many as 16 points in the third, the Raiders, behind Marsden - Who else? - electrified the faithful with a wild flurry in the fourth.

A Marsden three, from well behind the NBA arc, sliced it to five at 62-57 with 2:21 left.

"Billy get going in the second half, but we never got really comfortable," said Nault. "I thought we had something, I really did. I thought, 'could the magic happen one more time?' It just didn't work out that way.

Twice, the Raiders had the ball with a chance to make it a one possession game, and the came up with a turnover and a missed three-point try.

Marsden, attacked by two defenders every time he touched the ball, closed out his career with a team-high 24 points. Junior Carson Desrosiers added 15 points and nine rebounds and six blocks. No other Raider even approached double figures.

Woumn, the Northeastern Conference MVP as a junior, simply refused to let Central back in it. With Central turning the tide earlier in the fourth at 52-45, Woumn attacked the hoop and scored twice, over Desrosiers. His steal and layin at the four-minute mark was a killer, too.

"He showed why he's the captain of our team tonight," oozed English coach Buzzy Barton. "He's been doing it all year long. We spread the floor, and we know he can take anybody one on one."

Game Statistics:

L60ynn English (71):  Ryan Woumn 11 1-2 25, Travonne Berry-Rogers 6 5-8 17, Justin Young 2 0-0 6, Jeremy Subervi 1 0-0 2, Charlie Rucker 3 3-5 9, Archie Allen 2 2-2 6, Gene Turner 2 1-4 6, Totals 27 12-21 71

Central Catholic (60):  Michael Alvarez 1 2-4 4, Luis Puello 0 2-2 2, Billy Marsden 5 11-12 24, Jose Pena 2 0-0 4, Tim Wheeler 0 0-0 0, Michael Garcia 0 0-0 0, Zak Adamopoulos 0 0-0 0, Matt Torrisi 0 0-0 0, Benny Fernandez 1 3-4 5, Jimmy Zenevitch 3 0-0 6, Carson Desrosiers 5 4-4 15, Totals 17 22-26 60

3-pointers:  LE - Woumn 2, Young 2, Turner; CC - Marsden 3, Desrosiers

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