“I’m not positive (what happened). I think he (the official, who walked over to the Prep bench after the call to try to explain) said Ben might have grazed him when he went by him. It was nothing he said. I wasn’t even looking at it; I was watching the ball. We haven’t had a technical foul all year and that was the worst time to get our first one.”
St. John’s Prep coach John Dullea
I keep reading this quote and wondering how an official could call a technical foul in the final minute of overtime in a 2-
It was a tough game to call all night long and the three-man crew DID NOT HELP.
Honestly, and it hurt both teams with foul trouble, two of the officials let them play to the point where they let it all go.
The third guy was calling hand-checks at halfcourt late in the fourth, making it truly difficult for the players to adjust.
It depended on which official the action was closest to.
Anyhow, the call marred an absolute classic between Central and St. John’s Prep last night at my new favorite place, Beverly High.
Folks, this is facetious when I say this, I’d hold the Commonwealth Christmas Classic at Beverly. Yes, the place is that nice.
I’m not sure on the crowd figure. Beverly Ad James Coffey pronounced it a sellout on twitter last night. It had to be the biggest non-Lowell, non-Garden crowd I’ve seen for a high school game.
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The two student sections were off the charts.
The venue, spectacular.
The teams brought their “A” games.
The two blue-chippers, Central’s Tyler Nelson and the Prep’s Ben Judson were priceless.
Nelson got now breaks, going to the hole. The little bumps and subtle nudges were let go both ways.
So he adjusted, became a facilitator, a winner, the champion he already is.
He could have added six or seven passes to his highlight reel last night, all for Raider layups.
It makes you think that at the next level, he’ll be more of a combination guard than just the designated bomber.
Nelson’s been such a complete player, not just a scorer, this season, it’s been an amazing trip.
Fairfield head coach Sydney Johnson and assistant Martin Bahar were in the house last night to see their prized recruit.
As for Judson, the shooting exhibition caused nothing but head shakes with is five triples. I had him for 32, but it might have been 30. Either way, that first half was flat-out awesome.
Not that they need it, last night was a great advertisement for both schools.
As for Andover and Everett, I’ll let David Willis top-level video take over from here.