Old Colony freshman center could be the next big thing in the Mayflower and beyond

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ROCHESTER — Don’t be surprised if Maxwell Finney becomes a household name for SouthCoast basketball fans over the next few years.

The freshman center is already turning heads at Old Colony this winter with his aggressive play on the boards and his knack for putting the ball in the basket.

He showcased his abilities in Monday night’s 77-40 non-league victory over Atlantis Charter by scoring a game-high 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds.

Old Colony's Maxwell Finney hits the fade away mid-range jump shot.  Finney finished with a game high 25 points.
Old Colony's Maxwell Finney hits the fade away mid-range jump shot. Finney finished with a game high 25 points.

“He wasn’t hiding from us,” said Old Colony head coach Matt Trahan. “We knew who he was right at tryouts. He started from day one and there is no looking back. He’ll be a four-year starter for us. If we keep him healthy, he could be the next 1,000-point scorer with the rate he’s going.

“He’s got a huge upside. He’s just scratching the surface. We have extremely high hopes for him.”

Eight of Finney’s points came on second-chance opportunities on Monday.

Old Colony's Maxwell Finney hits the mid range jump shot in the Cougars' 77-40 victory over Atlantis Charter.
Old Colony's Maxwell Finney hits the mid range jump shot in the Cougars' 77-40 victory over Atlantis Charter.

“Rebounding is big for us. When he rebounds well and has put-backs, it’s big,” Trahan said. “He’s very lengthy and he’s good with the ball in his hands.”

Senior guard Xavier Pratt agreed, “He’s excellent as a freshman. He’s a big help to us grabbing the boards and getting extra points off the glass and our misses.”

Old Colony's Xavier Pratt attacks the lane for the Cougars.  Pratt finished with eight points.
Old Colony's Xavier Pratt attacks the lane for the Cougars. Pratt finished with eight points.

A resident of Lakeville, Finney began playing basketball in the first grade. He was surprised to make varsity his first year in high school.

“Being out here as a freshman, it’s pretty cool,” he said. “I never thought I was going to be here. When I first came here I thought I was going to be on freshmen or JV (team).

“It means a lot to me. I feel like in the second half of the season we’re going to try and turn it up.”

Against a smaller Atlantis Charter team, Finney said he was focused on going after as many rebounds as possible.

Old Colony Coach Matt Trahan coaches from the sidelines.
Old Colony Coach Matt Trahan coaches from the sidelines.

“This team I knew they weren’t the tallest so I knew we could crash the boards and get points off that so I tried to do my best at that,” he said.

A put-back by Finney early in the fourth quarter gave Old Colony a 66-33 lead. Less than two minutes later, he blocked a shot and sent an outlet pass to Pratt for a fast-break layup and 75-36 advantage.

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“He’s great,” said Old Colony junior Matt McGuiggan of Finney. “He’s been tearing it up. He’s got some really good years ahead of him.”

Old Colony junior Ryan Scott added, “He has a bright future. He’s going to be really good.”

Finney was one of eight Old Colony players to score in the game. He was joined in double digits by Scott (10 points) and junior Trevor Taveira, who scored 19 points off the bench.

Old Colony's Trevor Taveira hits the base line three pointer.  Taveira finished with three 3's and 19 points in the game.
Old Colony's Trevor Taveira hits the base line three pointer. Taveira finished with three 3's and 19 points in the game.

“It’s not the same person every night,” Scott said. “It’s someone different which is good. It’s good to move the ball around and get everyone involved.”

Pratt added, “We have many different scorers. It’s not just one person that scores. Everyone on our team can score so we’re not just looking at one person to score the whole game.”

Trahan said he liked how his team never let up after setting a fast pace from the start.

“For me this is our breakout game,” he said. “You’ve seen what we’ve done in the past and this is reminiscent of that. We like to go, go, go and keep the turnovers low and they were unselfish with the ball. I told the kids, ‘Don’t let up.’ They played well.”

Old Colony's Matt McGuiggan attacks the basket.
Old Colony's Matt McGuiggan attacks the basket.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Old Colony jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and never looked back as the Cougars led 22-6 after the first quarter thanks to eight points from Taveira.

“Trevor is a good kid and he works hard,” Trahan said. “He’s got a great shot. He brings energy for us. He’s going to play a lot of minutes.”

Old Colony outscored the Tritons 14-5 in the second quarter to take a commanding 36-11 lead into halftime.

Ryan Scott pulls up to hit the mid range jump shot for Old Colony.
Ryan Scott pulls up to hit the mid range jump shot for Old Colony.

All three of Atlantis Charter’s field goals in the first half came on 3-pointers. The Tritons’ first two-pointer came on an inside basket by Devon Paradise with 3:11 left in the third quarter. Nine of Atlantis Charter’s 12 field goals in the game were from long distance.

“That’s what our MO is but we try to work the ball inside and out,” said Atlantis Charter head coach Logan McNamara. “That’s what we’re working on.”

Atlantis Charter's Josh Hames (13) and Landy Pimental go up to block the shot from Old Colony's Ryan Scott.
Atlantis Charter's Josh Hames (13) and Landy Pimental go up to block the shot from Old Colony's Ryan Scott.

WHAT IT MEANS: With the win, the Cougars improve to 5-6. They visit Cape Cod Tech on Wednesday. The loss drops Atlantis Charter to 0-8. The Tritons visit South Shore Christian Academy on Thursday.

SOUTHCOASTVARSITY PLAYER OF THE GAME: While several players stood out for Old Colony, Finney was a force on the boards, a beast on defense and tough to stop on offense.

Xavier Pratt lays it in for Old Colony.
Xavier Pratt lays it in for Old Colony.

McNAMARA: “We have to do a better job of team rebounding. In the zone defense, we have to have all five guys rebound and we didn’t do a good enough job of that.”

TEAM STATS: Old Colony shot 29 of 63 (46%) from the field and 13 of 17 (76% from the foul line with 16 turnovers. … Atlantis Charter shot 12 of 46 (26%) from the floor and 7 of 9 (77%) from the stripe and turned over the ball 30 times. “It was tough,” McNamara said. “We have to make better passes and we have to come to the ball. We had too many turnovers and they scored in transition.”

Old Colony's Landon Hunter drives to the basket for the bucket.
Old Colony's Landon Hunter drives to the basket for the bucket.

OLD COLONY 77, ATLANTIS CHARTER 40

Atlantis Charter

Laudy Pimentel 6 (2), Josh Hames 6 (2), Cody Cordeiro 9 (3), Devon Paradise 10 (2), Nate Dias 3 (1), Darren Babs 2.

Old Colony

Xavier Pratt 8, Matt McGuiggan 8 (2), Maxwell Finney 25, Ryan Scott 10, James Simoes 3 (1), Trevor Taveira 19 (3), Aven Beauchemin 2, Landon Hunter 2.

Atlantis Charter;6;5;20;9 — 40

Old Colony;22;14;23;18 — 77

This article originally appeared on Standard-Times: Old Colony beats Atlantis Charter in boys basketball

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