You could almost feel Tyler Nelson getting a little antsy in the fourth quarter after a scoreless/shotless third.
Who could blame the Central Catholic senior for leaking out on a break or two?
The first one was a clean layin.
The second, he paid for, when Charlestown’s Oliver Benner clobbered Nelson from behind in a shot-block attempt.
Nelson went to the hardwood in a heap and the Raider gym fell silent.
He quickly rose up and pleaded for a goaltending call (can’t blame him for trying, right?).
Instead, he canned points 17 and 18 from the line and saw his night come to a close with 4:44 left and Central went on to win 74-56.
You can’t blame Raider coach Rick Nault for being a little cautious as earlier in the night, well after a whistle, Raider Nick Cambio went up for an attempted dunk that a Charlestown player challenged.
Cambio hit almost head-first and looked shaken. Fortunately for Central, he was fine.
“We’ve been through it before with Doug (Gemmell) and even Nick last year,” said Nault.
“A key player like Tyler or Nick hits the floor, you start to wonder if they are going to get up.”
It wasn’t an A+ performance for Central’s “Red Sea,” the student fan section. But give the fans who did show up credit for appreciating athleticism.
When Charlestown’s Taris Wilson lifted off from what used to be the circle in the lane and rocked the rim with a nasty tomahawk dunk, the place erupted.
Pat Bjork poured in 21 points to lead No. 4 seed Georgetown to a 56-48 victory over 13th seed Winthrop.
Jake Chory scored 17 points but No. 6 seed Pentucket was upset 64-61 by 11th seed Bedford, which outscored the Sachems by four points in the third quarter and four points again in the fourth.