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    Brockton 57, MP 48

    Boxers deliver KO

    Houston proves too much of a force for Cardinals

    Robert E. Klein/For the Globe
    Brockton’s Sayvonn Houston (left) wards off Madison Park’s Dovonta Jackson to take a shot.

    Brockton big man Sayvonn Houston (13 points, 12 rebounds, 9 blocks) continued his run of strong tournament performances Saturday as the Boxers beat Madison Park, 57-48, in the Division 1 South boys’ final at UMass-Boston.

    The fourth-ranked Boxers (22-2) were treated to a chorus of “Boston Garden, Boston Garden,’’ from their fans, as they made their way to the locker room after holding the seventh-ranked Cardinals to just 14 field goals in the game.

    Brockton will meet North champion Charlestown Monday in the Division 1 EMass final at TD Garden.


    “It’s real nice [to be heading to the TD Garden],’’ said Brockton coach Robert Boen. “I have one guy who has been there before - Jahleel Moise - he made it with us as a freshman. But the kids are really very excited about getting to play there.’’

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    Houston, who stands 6 feet 6 inches tall, was coming off a 20-point, 21-rebound performance in a 49-44 win over Newton North in the semifinal Wednesday. In the final, he battled all game with Madison Park big man Dakim Murray (8 points, 10 rebounds).

    Although the Boxers had several double-digit leads, they didn’t put the game away until Houston grabbed his 11th board and hit a streaking Moise (8 points) for an emphatic two-handed jam to put Brockton up, 50-39, with 2:26 to play in the game.

    “A play like that was what we needed,’’ said Boen. “We had tightened up a little bit after getting that big lead and [Madison Park] came back and the game had become grinding. Then Jahleel does that and it’s like, ‘That’s right, we can do stuff like this. OK, let’s get back to being aggressive.’’

    Brockton scored the game’s first 6 points, forcing Madison Park coach Dennis Wilson to call a timeout. The Cardinals took 3:30 to finally score, but once they did, they rallied to tie the score at 6 with 2:30 to play in the first.


    A Jaylen Blakely 3-pointer as time expired gave the Boxers a 14-10 lead after one quarter.

    Brockton outscored the Cardinals, 19-13, in the second to enter the half leading, 33-23.

    The Cardinals’ defense went to work in the third quarter, holding the Boxers to just 6 points in the frame, while David Stewart netted 10 of his team-high 17 points, to send Madison Park into the fourth quarter trailing, 39-33.

    Brockton rebounded to score 18 in the fourth quarter, highlighted by Moise’s dunk, pulling away for the 9-point victory.

    “It’s a wonderful group [I’ve got],’’ said Boen. “At the start of the year, I wouldn’t have thought we were going to win the South Sectionals. They’ve done more than I thought they could and they get better every day.’’