Boys’ basketball cruises past Braintree in thrilling, commanding win


Aanya Vishwanath

NESPA Winner: Sports story, 2023

The Newtonite, Newton North High School, Newtonville, MA

Boys’ basketball rebounded from recent losses by defeating Braintree 60-35 Tuesday, Jan 24, in the Reggie gym.

“It was really a very consistent effort and a good bounce back,” said special education teacher Paul Connolly, the head coach. “Our last couple of games have been a rough patch, so I’m proud of the guys for the way they responded tonight.”

In the first quarter, North played aggressively on defense, forcing Braintree into difficult positions and eliminating possible play-making opportunities. Offensively, North took advantage of Braintree’s numerous lazy shooting fouls. Braintree still managed to keep up with North, and the quarter ended with a slim 13-12 lead for the Tigers.

“It was really close, a one-point game at the end of the first quarter, and we all kind of chipped in to win the game together,” said senior Will Davis, a captain along with seniors Victor Caira and Jose Padilla.


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