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Charlestown boys' basketball wins big against CASH

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  January 23, 2013 08:19 PM

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After a four-game losing streak, Charlestown got the confidence-booster it needed on Wednesday night.

The Townies (4-7) held CASH (1-9) to single-digit scoring in all but one quarter, propelling them to a 95-25 win.

“We’re not having a great season but I just want them to get better,” Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso said. “We still have a chance to maybe make the state tournament but I just want them to get better and better.”

With four players scoring in double figures, improvement was definitely shown in this Charlestown win. Many would expect one of those players to be junior Freddy Oliveira. However, the forward had just 8 points as a result of sitting for most of the second half.

Oliveira was quick to talk about the impact a game like this can have on his teammates who may not have seen a lot of playing time.

“If our bench can score that can help us out a lot, so when starters come out then we can get some scoring off the bench. When we get tired we’re going to need scoring from everywhere,” Oliveria said.

One of the bench players who caught the eye of Cardoso was forward Chris Conway. The sophomore took advantage of the increased playing time, scoring 14 points.

“I hope that when the bench guys get some playing time they take advantage of it, and when it comes to some close situations we can put them in there,” Cardoso said.

One bright spot for CASH was Zalido Pina, who had 8 points, including two 3-pointers. The guard is only a freshman, so CASH has some young talent with which to work in the future.

The win couldn’t have come at a better time for Charlestown, which hadn’t won since Jan. 9. And it should help give the Townies some momentum as they take on league-leading New Mission on Friday.

Cardoso said complacency would not be tolerated.

“We have a hard two-hour practice tomorrow, no pity on the kids," Cardoso said. "New Mission is a very good team, very well-coached. [Cory McCarthy’s] done a great job with his kids, so we’re going to go in to New Mission and just try and compete."

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at kannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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