Mystic Valley Beats Shawsheen
The Mystic Valley boys’ varsity basketball team stepped up at a crucial time of the season, defeating Shawsheen Tech, 43-40, before a boisterous crowd in Billerica on Tuesday night.
With the victory, the Eagles improved its overall record to 8-8, 4-2 in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC) Small Division.
Against Shawsheen, a team from the CAC Large Division, the Mystic Valley five got off to
a great start, holding leads of 16-6 at the end of the first quarter and 27-13 at the half, respectively.
At the close of the third frame, the Eagles maintained a 31-21 advantage. In the fourth quarter, both teams battled each other like a heavyweight fight, both offensively and defensively.In the end, Shawsheen had one final shot to tie the game, but it bounced off the rim as time ran out.
“This was a gigantic win for us, particularly because it gets us one step closer to qualifying for the state tournament,” said Mystic Valley head coach Tony Ferullo. “Shawsheen is a deep and talented team with good long range shooters and big low post players. We simply followed our game plan from start to finish.
“I could not have been more proud of our team’s effort. They gave everything they had – blood (senior guard and co-captain Hari Perisic actually suffered a bloody nose), sweat and tears – from the opening tap to the final whistle. “They left their hearts on the court, and from a coach’s perspective, there is no better feeling than that.”
The Eagles next game is Saturday, February 9, when they travel to Lawrence to play Notre Dame High School at 3:30 pm.