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BOYS’ BASKETBALL | MANSFIELD 71, BC HIGH 58

Boulter tre-mendous for Mansfield boys

TAUNTON — Once he sunk his first 3-pointer of the night, Tyler Boulter said, “I knew that I had it going.”

And thank goodness the senior guard trusted his gut. He didn’t miss a three again until the fourth quarter, the game well in hand, finishing a stupendous 8 of 10 on treys as part of a career-high 35-point effort in the Hornets’ 71-58 Division 1 South quarterfinal win over BC High.

That pushed the memory of BC High’s 73-64 win over Mansfield on Dec. 28 in the rearview mirror (Boulter missed the game with a hip injury).

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“Probably his brother,” said Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan with a laugh, alluding to Ryan, who led the program to its first and only state final appearance in 2013.

“Sometimes when he misses his first [three], it takes him a while to shoot his second, whether it goes in or not,” Vaughan said. “But I think he just stuck with it, and what a performance. I mean, what a performance.”

Overall, Mansfield connected on 12 threes, shooting 48 percent from beyond the arc overall. Boulter was the only Hornet in double figures, while Travis Evee (25 points) and Mike Vasil (18 points, nine rebounds) accounted for nearly 75 percent of BC High’s scoring total.

Brendan Hall can be reached at bhallwrites@gmail.com.