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    Aaron Cooley ignites spark for Newton North boys

    Brookline, MA - 2/06/2018 - Newton North's Ezra Pemstein (30) and Ethan Wright (14) put the defensive squeeze on Brookline's Blake Burke (11). No. 1 ranked Newton North at Brookline boys' basketball. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Nathaniel Weitzer, Topic: 07schrdp, LOID:8.4.899630454.
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    Newton North's Ezra Pemstein (30) and Ethan Wright (14) put the defensive squeeze on Brookline's Blake Burke (11) in Tuesday night’s Bay State Conference clash.

    The top-ranked Newton North boys’ basketball team often follows the lead of star senior Ethan Wright, but the Tigers are not a one-man band.

    On Tuesday afternoon, Newton North wrapped up its 13th consecutive win against Eastern Mass. competition by pulling away from Bay State Conference rival Brookline for an 80-69 road victory.

    While Wright had his usual standout effort with 34 points — on 15 of 34 shooting from the field — he struggled to find his offense as Brookline (10-5, 5-3) took a 27-16 lead early in the second quarter.


    In stepped Aaron Cooley to spark the Tigers.

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    The 6-foot-5-inch sophomore led a 12-2 run in the second quarter, trimming the deficit to 36-32 by halftime.

    Then Cooley helped Newton North (14-3, 7-1) seize control with 11 points and five rebounds in the third quarter as the Tigers outscored the Warriors, 26-8,to take a commanding 58-44 lead into the fourth.

    “It was rough start for us,” Newton North coach Paul Connolly said. “[Brookline] went right at us and we were playing on our heels. We clawed back. We got a little bit of momentum and when the second half started, we got into the open court. Cooley was a tough cover for them.”

    Cooley shot 8 of 9 from the field and a perfect 7 for 7 at the free throw line for 23 points. He added a game-high 12 rebounds.


    “Ethan’s our top scorer so we know he’s going to get a lot of attention,” Cooley said. “Coach always says we’re going to need someone else to step up, and I just wanted to be the person to step up and help the team win.”

    The Tigers won the rebounding battle, 47-21, and scored 52 points in the paint, including 16 from Cooley.

    “[Cooley] is starting to impose his will and skill,” Connolly said. “He’s a sophomore, so he’s a puppy right now, but he’s getting stronger and he’s very coachable.”

    After going scoreless in the second quarter, Wright began to heat up in the third quarter and caught fire down the stretch, scoring 22 second-half points.

    His second 3-pointer of the game gave North its largest lead (66-49) with 6:26 remaining, and the Tigers were able to hang on from there.


    “It’s good when Ethan’s on fire and it’s also good when we can play together as a team when he gets extra attention,” Cooley said. “When other people have the ball in their hands, we can score.”

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