By: Connor Donahue
Eamonn Joyce always had dreams of playing for a high school basketball championship. This Friday that dream will become a reality…but not in the way anyone had envisioned.
Joyce, a 16 year old resident of Medford and alum of the Roberts Elementary and McGlynn Middle School – transferred after his sophomore year at Medford High to Saint Clement after serious recruiting from the basketball coaches. Eamonn and the rest of the starting five – Khaneil Bruce, Brandon Williams, Jack Hartnett, and Emaru Pena – dominated the regular season, finishing 19-1. Most games were extremely lopsided – in the last regular season game against Cristo Rey, Saint Clement won 73-22.
As the top seed in the Division 4 Northern Massachusetts State Tournament, the Anchormen rolled through the first round against Lowell Catholic winning 71-54: Joyce had 30 points. Saint Clement played Manchester-Essex in the second round, again winning 53-48. The closest game came against Saint Mary’s in the finals of tournament, down by 8 at the half the Anchormen battled back to steal a victory with a score of 62-57 – Joyce had 28 points.
Saint Clement played the southern Massachusetts champions, Bishop Connolly, last Monday at the TD Garden. The Anchormen put down the Cougars 56-44: again Joyce lead the way with a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Quaboag, the western Massachusetts champions, won decidedly against the central Massachusetts champions Hopedale, 59-33. This means they have to face Eamonn Joyce and the rest of the Saint Clement squad this Friday at Holy Cross College, 7:30 PM.