VIDEO: Medfield Knocked Out of Tourney by Sharp-Shooting Norwood
The Medfield High School boys’ basketball team fell to Norwood, 62-50 Tuesday in the first round of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional State Tournament.
There was no defense for the type of shooting Norwood displayed against Medfield Tuesday as the Mustangs knocked the Warriors out of the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional State Tournament with a 62-50 first round win.
Norwood hit seven 3-pointers in the first half to take a 34-25 lead into the break and finished with 10 shots made behind the arc in the game.
Medfield, which never led in the game, cut the deficit to six points, 48-42, with five minutes to play in the fourth quarter before Norwood regained momentum and extended the lead back to double digits to close out the game.
Norwood seniors Troy Sousa-Semper and Sean O’Neill lead the Mustangs with 13 points each. Medfield’s Johnny McCarthy was the game’s leading scorer with 16 and Drew Shea chipped in for the Warriors with 11 points.
Norwood (12-9), the 12th seed in the D2 field, will travel to fourth seeded Stoughton on Thursday for a 7 p.m. showdown in the quarterfinal round. To view the MIAA Division 2 South Sectional State Tournament bracket, click here.
Medfield, the tournament’s fifth seed, ends the season with a 14-7 record.
Score by Quarters
1st – Norwood 19, Medfield 10
2nd – Norwood 34, Medfield 25
3rd – Norwood 45, Medfield 35
4th – Norwood 62, Medfield 50
Johnny McCarthy – 16 points
Drew Shea – 11 points
Sam Tawa – 7 points
Tommy Conlon – 7 points
Bobby Hunter – 5 points
John Zimmerman – 2 points
Remy Fragola – 2 points
Troy Sousa-Semper – 13 points
Sean O’Neill – 13 points
Tommy Bartucca – 9 points
Daron English – 9 points
Steve Martinez – 8 points
Pat O’Rourke – 5 points
Nick Pietrzak – 2 points
Rodney Jean-Marie – 2 points
Tommy Munro – 1 point
Leading 16-10 in the final seconds of the first quarter, Norwood's Troy Sousa-Semper controlled a loose ball from beyond the 3-point line that was swatted out of the paint by Medfield's Johnny McCarthy and nailed the deep 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded. The bucket extended Norwood's lead to nine and set the tone for the rest of the game, deflating Medfield. Sousa-Semper's buzzer-beating three was the Mustangs' fourth in the first quarter.
‘Thank You’ Seniors
Medfield head coach Herb Grace thanked his four seniors, Sam Tawa, Tommy Conlon, Bobby Hunter and Matt Shea for their hard work and dedication to the program.
Gone but Never Forgotten
The Warriors dedicated the 2011-2012 season to the memory of assistant coach Ken Brackett, who passed away suddenly last March.
“We dedicated our season to coach Brackett,” Grace said. “He would have been proud of how we improved throughout the year and proud of how hard we played [Tuesday]. We were thinking of him throughout the whole night. He will always be in my thoughts as long as I’m coaching Medfield.”