Sports: Bosco Basketball Gears Up For The Open Division Final At The Honda Center

by Marcelles Williams

After a strong performance in pool play in the CIF-SS Open Division Playoffs, the Trinity League Champions are set to take on Corona Centennial, the defending Open Champions, on Saturday at 8:00pm at the Honda Center.

The Bosco Braves just knocked off the number eight high school basketball team in the country, according to Maxpreps. The Harvard Westlake Wolverines came into the matchup with only one loss before meeting the Braves last Tuesday night. This crucial win came in a must win game, as Bosco fell to West Ranch in the first round of pool play.

The win came off of a strong performance by five star sophomore Elzie Harrington who led the Braves with 22 points. Other players also played big roles in the win, like senior Xinyi Li who tied the game at 46 in the 4th quarter with just over four minutes to play after the Braves were down for most of the game.

“We know what we got to do and we just got to execute it, and we’ll be champs,” Elzie Harrington said. “We just want to go out there and prove everybody wrong.”

After going down later in the game to the Wolverines, the Braves went on an 8-1 run to seal the win with buckets coming from junior Jack Turner and sixth man, freshman Brandon McCoy. The 62-55 win broke Harvard Westlake’s 13-game win streak. 

The Braves improved to 26-5 on the year after their win last Friday night at home over St Bernard.

Several Braves stood out in that game, most notably Brandon McCoy, Jack Turner and Elzie Harrington. Brandon McCoy had a great sequence at the end of the game to propel the Braves to victory. The freshman sixth man got a block late in the fourth quarter then topped it off with a dunk to give the Braves a twelve point lead.

“I just have fun out there competing and showing everybody who I am and what I can do,” said Brandon McCoy.

Elzie Harrington and Jack Turner were both consistent throughout the whole game making play after play time and time again. Jack scored 20 points, while Elzie added twelve.

“We’ve been working towards this the whole year, and now that it’s here, we’re going to give it our all,” said Jack. “We’ve been doubted all year; can’t wait to prove them wrong,”

The Braves now have their sights set on Corona Centennial, the top ranked team in the state and a top five team in the nation. This should be a great game, and this year’s Braves are making history, as the only Bosco Basketball team to ever reach the Open Division Finals and the first to win a Trinity League Championship.

This matchup will tip-off at 8:00 pm at the Honda Center and looks to be one of the top games in school history.

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