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Division 2 boys’ semifinals

Concord-Carlisle rallies past Longmeadow

Concord-Carlisle tops Longmeadow

SPRINGFIELD — The early 8-point hole in Tuesday night’s Division 2 state semifinal got Concord-Carlisle senior Jamir Henderson’s attention.

The Patriots needed to be aggressive, and Henderson knew he had to be the guy.

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Henderson and Co. kicked up the defensive intensity and attacked the rim, erasing the hole and holding on to top Longmeadow, 65-55, at Springfield Central High School.

The Patriots (22-2) will face New Mission in the Division 2 state final Saturday at 4 p.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester.

Henderson finished with 13 points, and constantly attacked the rim, particularly in the second half.

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“I realized the team goes as I go,” Henderson said. “Whether I score a lot or pass it up, I just have to be more aggressive. I have to play with more intensity and more heart.”

Longmeadow (20-3) started off red-hot from the field, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes. Concord-Carlisle coach David Cohen burned a timeout and the Patriots responded with increased intensity on defense and contested jump shots.

The Patriots regained control with a 19-6 run to put them ahead for good.

It was a 5-point game with 1:01 left to play in the fourth quarter when the Patriots came up with the shot of the game. As the shot clock wound down under five seconds, Henderson received a pass on the right wing and swung it to the top of the key, where senior Joseph Cowley made the extra pass to senior Jonathan Dor for a triple. The bucket was Concord-Carlisle’s only 3-pointer of the game and pushed its lead to 8.

Dor finished with a game-high 22 points.

The Patriots led by 12 late in the third quarter when the Lancers closed the frame with a 6-0 run, thanks to a pair of layups from Christopher King.

Michael Lemke and Daniel Kofman led the Lancers with 17 points each and King finished with 11.

Blaine Taylor tallied 16 points for Concord-Carlisle.

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