Whitinsville Christian 53, Keefe Tech 26: Broncos busted..By Frank Arena/Daily News staff.The MetroWest Daily News..WORCESTER —..The Keefe Tech boys basketball team has been relying on defense since losing top scorers, cousins Anthony and Brandon Morales. And the Broncos’ defense was on full display in the opening quarter of the Division 3 Central semifinals against defending Div. 3 state champion Whitinsville Christian at WPI’s Harrington Auditorium when they held the Crusaders to just six points...Unfortunately for Keefe Tech, its lack of offense and a second half full of turnovers proved to be the undoing of the Broncos in a 53-26 loss. Compounding the absence of the Morales cousins, was the loss of freshman Yunel Morales, who missed the game due to illness. That left too much responsibility in the hands of senior forward John Cancel, who couldn’t match Whitinsville Christian’s power all by himself. “We were missing our two leading scorers and our backup point guard,” said Keefe Tech head coach Paul Cavicchi. “It was a lot of pressure on John.”..Despite being shorthanded, Keefe Tech got off to a hot start, just as it did in its previous game against Bromfield. The Broncos outscored the Crusaders 5-0 over the first five minutes, with the defense holding Whitinsville Christian 0-for-8 from the field. But the Crusaders ended the quarter with a 6-0 run, then scored the first eight points of the second quarter to open up a 14-5 lead before Cancel (4 points) ended the run with 2:29 remaining in the half...Keefe Tech tried to quickly take the pressure off Cancel by getting the ball to senior Edwin Mieses (6 points, 15 rebounds), who hit two late shots in the second quarter to send the game to halftime with Whitinsville Christian ahead 18-12. Then the wheels fell off for Keefe Tech in the second half...“We played our defense I thought in the second half, but they doubled-teamed (Cancel) and took the ball away from him,” said Cavicchi. “Then we didn’t have anyone to take the ball down.”..Whitinsville Christian forced 11 second-half turnovers, the majority of them on steals. After four minutes of back-and-forth basketball, the Crusaders busted the game wide open, going on a 22-0 run spanning eight minutes. The offensive charge was led by junior guard Colin Richey, who finished with a game-high 11 points..The majority of the turnovers were forced by Whitinsville Christian’s full-court press, which was something Keefe Tech did not expect...“We haven’t done that all year,” said Whitinsville Christian coach Jeffrey Bajema. “We had to try something to get some energy for us.”..The press frustrated the Broncos and expunged any offensive rhythm they might have had..“At that point offense became so frustrating to them they could not even get into the right position,” said Cavicchi...The Crusaders continued to pour it on in the fourth. Senior guard Connor Dolan (8 points) started hitting jumpers, and senior center Jesse Dykstra (8 points) started hitting tough shots in the paint..While a victory was what Keefe Tech was looking for, or even just a closer outcome than last year’s 87-38 thrashing, the team did have an opportunity to get some younger players time as the clock wound down...“We got to get some kids out there on the court and get them to feel good about playing some varsity,” said Cavicchi. “We’re graduating 11 kids this year, 11 great kids.”...Read more: www.metrowestdailynews.com/editorspick_mobile/x1014037833...
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