Jones, Goldstein pace Doherty.
WORCESTER - Doherty High's Adam Goldstein admits he doesn't exactly stack up to teammate Antonio Jones when it comes to skills on the basketball court, but the two were equally important to the Highlanders last night.
Goldstein, a senior captain, came off the bench to provide a dose of intensity, while Jones, a junior, poured in 19 of his game-high 25 points in the second half to carry Doherty to a 59-49 win over Worcester Tech in the quarterfinals of the inaugural Worcester City Boys' Basketball Tournament at North High.
Doherty will meet Holy Name in a semifinal at 5:15 p.m. tomorrow, while Tech will play North High in a consolation game at 1:45.
The Highlanders struggled at the outset, and although coach Jermaine Chavis wouldn't offer excuses, it was clear Doherty was missing junior star Joey Berry, who was home with the flu.
Trailing, 17-11, in the second quarter, Goldstein stepped onto the floor and brought with him the willingness to play physically, and helped to ignite a 9-2 run by taking a charge and making a nice interior pass to set up a Youseff Fodalie layup.
"Adam is a senior captain and all he wants to do is win," Chavis said. "He gives a maximum effort, makes the most of his playing time, and when he's out there, good things happen."
Doherty led, 25-22, at the half.
"I'm not the guy who is going to go out and score a bunch of points," Goldstein said. "It's about knowing your role. My role is to play physically, play hard and to get the ball to the guys who can score. For whatever reason, we came out a little lazy, but we picked it up when we needed to."
Jones did plenty of scoring in the third quarter, dropping 14, including a floater at the buzzer to give the Highlanders a 45-33 lead.
"Antonio is a kid we need to go hard and stay focused for 32 minutes," Chavis said. "Because when he does, he's capable of having games like he did (last might)."
Tech (15-5) owned a 13-11 lead after one and should prove to be a tough out in next week's Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament.
The Eagles were paced by the hot shooting of guard Anthony Rovezzi, whose team-high 18 points included four treys. Steven Flores had 10 for Tech, while Jamal Mustapha finished with 18 for Doherty.