A win against Brighton last week had many thinking that an upset would be probable for Dorchester against New Mission, but the Bears could not come out ahead under the bright lights of the city tournament.
“You could tell it was our first time here,” said junior Khail Newson after Dorchester’s 53-37 loss. “We [weren’t] really playing hard. Guys were scared. I would say so, it was like we ran away from the shine.”
If it wasn’t enough that Dorchester hadn’t made it to the city tournament in, from what coach Jonny Williams thinks, at least 30 years, the Bears were also without their traditional underdog mentality.
Many predicted Dorchester to win after their win over Brighton and multiple injuries to New Mission’s roster.
“Everyone, including me, could’ve thought ‘oh, they got us projected to win so we’re [going to] win,” Newson said. “But also we have to show, as the reporters said, that we can win this game.”
However, Williams thought that the loss was more a result of his team's inexperience, than the hype getting to their heads.
“I just think honestly my kids are unaccustomed to being on this stage,” Williams said. “That’s what happens when you get a team that hasn’t been here and they’re doing it. But I’m glad it happened now because it prepares us for states.”
One area that really exposed Dorchester’s inexperience was its free throw shooting. While senior Dakari Wurnum led the Bears with 13 points, he also went 3 of 13 from the line. New Mission coach Cory McCarty said this was the main reason for his team’s big lead.
“I would have hacked him more if I knew he was going to miss all his free throws,” said McCarthy. “I would have clobbered him.”
Despite the mistakes and the inexperience, Newson said that with Dorchester still having postseason play left, his team would have to move on.
“It’s a tough loss because obviously we wanted to win the city championship and so forth, but now we have to let this go. We can’t dwell on this and we look forward to the states.”
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