By Dan Libon
Boston, MA – Despite a small bump in the road at the beginning of the game, the Watertown Raiders took the lead and did not look back in their Eastern Massachusetts Championship game against the Cardinal Spellman Cardinals.
“They’re so good. It looks like your doing a great job as a coach but its them. They got just great basketball IQ that on the defensive end they make up for each other, they rotate well.” Said Watertown coach Stephen Harrington.
Both teams started slow in the first quarter, but it would be Cardinal Spellman that would jump out to a quick 5-0 lead midway in the first quarter.
Senior guard Marco Coppola would lead Watertown back to take a 14-9 lead to close out the first quarter.
Watertown would continue to lead during the second, shutting down the Cardinal Spellman offense. Coppola would end the half with 11 points by himself and the Watertown defense held Cardinal Spellman to only two field goals in the second half.
“Their defense was as advertised.” said Cardinals coach Michael Perry.
Cardinal Spellman struggled to get back in the game during the second half, only scoring 6 points in the third quarter and being unable to convert on any opportunities on offense.
Meanwhile, the Raiders were dangerous from all over the court getting eight three-pointers and driving to the basket with ease.
Marco Coppola ended the game with 26 points while teammate and senior forward Cory Donahue had 11 points. Both players worked together to put the game away in the third quarter, as they both combined for 17 points in that quarter.
“He’s a spot up shooter and he knows that when I go to the lane he better be ready to shoot and he was tonight and knocked down some big shots.” said Coppola said of Donahue.
For the Cardinals, Joe Glynn led the team with 13 points.
Watertown will move on to the Division III Massachusetts State Finals against the winner of the Central Mass. vs. Western on Saturday at the DCU Center in Worcester.