After a torrid 23-point first half for BC High senior Mike Loughnane, Mansfield began doubling the 6-foot-4 guard on every possession. It didn’t do too much to slow him or the Eagles down.
Loughnane poured in 41 points as top-ranked BC High pulled away from No. 5 Mansfield, 87-65, in a nonleague showdown Monday evening in Dorchester.
“It started pretty bad, I threw up a few floaters and turnovers,” Loughnane said of Mansfield’s pressure on defense.
“As I got into it more, the wings started coming up, I was able to throw more direct passes at them and that definitely helped us get into our offense.”
The game started with a frenetic pace — both teams looked to run in transition and Loughnane scored 13 of BC High’s 18 first-quarter points. Despite the quick start from the Eagles (6-0), the Hornets (7-1) held a one-point edge at the end of the first.
“We want to go up and down,” BC High coach Bill Loughnane said. “We’re pretty athletic. Our kids like playing that type of basketball. We were hoping to get in a game that would go up and down.”
The Eagles kept the pace up in the second quarter, but their defense shined as they forced Mansfield into errors. The strong defensive quarter was headlined by a Loughnane close-out block on a 3-point attempt and subsequent pull-up jumper on the break. BC High led by 10 at the half.
“Against a team like Mansfield that moves the ball so well, I thought our defense was good,” Bill Loughnane said. “They hit shots, but they always hit shots.”
In the second half the Eagles expanded the cushion, despite the constant double-teams thrown Loughnane’s way. After a few errors, Loughnane began to find the open man, which was often senior guard Greg Cooper (15 points). Fellow senior Will Doyle scored all of his 11 points in the second half.
“We’ve got a lot of seniors on this team, they know that they can do it, and we expect them to step up,” Bill Loughnane said. “They did a really good job tonight.
Even with the constant double team, Loughnane still managed to find his share of highlight-reel plays in the second half. He hit a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer at the end of the third then threw down a reverse dunk off a steal in the fourth. The Mansfield defense frustrated Loughnane, but he and the Eagles kept their composure to put the game away in the second half.
“We’re a team that can play with anyone,” Mike Loughnane said. “We play a really hard schedule, and we love that. We like to get up for games like this. These are the games we practice for and want to play for.”
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