Injuries fail to stop Braintree
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Brockton is rolling
When Brockton topped Dartmouth, 71-67, for the second time in five days, coach Robert Boen had one main conclusion: Crisis averted.
Boxer senior guard Jaylen Blakely, who missed five days and one game with a bad ankle, was fine. He netted a team-high 17 points in Brockton’s seventh win in a row.
“We really needed it,” Boen said. “You hear ‘ankle sprain’ and no one thinks it’s a big deal. . . . It can go on for a long time sometimes.”
After a 1-2 start the defending Division 1 South champs are rolling and have secured wins over Classical (69-57) and St. John’s Shrewsbury (59-51).
The Boxers have arguably the biggest game of their regular season 4:30 p.m. Sunday when they visit 11-1 Mansfield and Boen’s nephew, sophomore Michael Boen.
“We’re way ahead of where I want to be, but . . . we still have a lot of getting together,” said the Boxers boss. “We’ll see how close we are to being ready for a state championship.”
Final week a big one
In addition to the Mansfield-Brockton game of the week, there are a couple other games to keep an eye on. On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., Hanover (9-2) will host Kelly Martin and the Scituate girls. At the same time, the Rockland boys (11-1) will visit Abington (7-4).