Senior Freddy Oliveira and his Charlestown High teammates knew the Madison Park boys' basketball team boasted a 4-0 record heading into Tuesday night's Boston City League North matchup. But the Townies refused to let the past dictate the present.
"We didn't care if they were undefeated," Oliveira said. "We just needed another win at home."
Oliveira, a 6-foot, 6-inch forward/center, and Taris Wilson both scored 14 points to lead Charlestown to a 70-58 win on their home court. Sophomore guard Keywan Platt scored 12 points and senior guard Oliver Benner added nine.
"I thought we played as a team today, we shared the basketball," Charlestown head coach Edson Cardoso said. "Our first four games we played some tough teams, so strength of schedule is going to help you play against Madison."
After three tight quarters, the score was tied at 47.
"We started off kinda slow," Cardoso said. "We weren't making our shots. We were missing some layups and had some bad turnovers, so that threw us off a little bit, but the momentum came back in the late third quarter and into the fourth."
Oliveira said that "rebounding and not turning the basketball over" were the key factors that kept Charlestown in the game through the first three frames.
In the final eight minutes, Charlestown outscored Madison Park 23-8. Wilson, a 6-foot-3-inch guard led the charge, scoring 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
"I think I did all right, I guess," Wilson said. "Kinda sluggish through the first three quarters. Coach told me 'time to be a leader, time to lead my team to victory,' so I tried to step up in the fourth quarter."
Wilson's offensive surge in the game's final minutes was supported by Charlestown's stifling defense.
"As a team we focused on defense," Wilson said. "I think we went on a 10-0 run at one point so it's our defense. Our defense creates transitions on buckets for us so that's what we like to do. We're an athletic team so we like to get out and run."
Charlestown sealed it with free throws.
"We hit free throws in the fourth quarter," he said. "That's what we were capitalizing on."
Madison Park senior center Donizete Fernandes led the Cardinals with 16 points. Senior guard Terrell Matthews chipped in 10 points. Madison Park's next game will be Friday night vs. Dorchester High at home.
Charlestown hosts another North rival, East Boston High School, on Thursday night.
"[Tonight's win] is a big momentum boost for us because we got our rivals coming up on Thursday so this is a big motivation win for us," Wilson said. "We started off 1-3 and them being 4-0, being the best in the city and to come out here and beat them like we did, it's a big motivation. It's a big boost going forward."