BOSTON — You want numbers? Central Catholic senior Carson Derosiers had numbers last night.
Here's a few eye-openers: 20 points, 20 rebounds and nine blocks.
Most nights this winter, Central got away with another win with much less from the Wake Forest University-bound blue chipper.
A 13-point and 10-round effort was more than enough most of the time. Often times, it was his 6-foot-7 understudy, junior Jimmy Zenevitch, grabbing his share of the glory.
Last night, though, the Eastern Massashusetts title hinged on the 6-foot-11 Desrosiers' every last point, rebound and block.
Madison Park found out early — Desrosiers had already compiled two rebounds, two assists, two points, one block and one steal just 58 seconds into the game to put Central ahead 7-0 — that his presence is unlike anything they've seen before.
"All he has to do is stand in the middle of the court and he is a disruption," said Madison Park boys basketball coach Dennis Wilson. "We've seen a lot of good players this year, but nobody like that Carson Desrosiers. He's an amazing player."
We've been licking our collective chops waiting for games like last night when Desrosiers played the role of alpha dog from the opening tap until the final buzzer.
While he didn't drop 40 points, he did everything else but.
"People look at Carson and they want 35 points," said Central coach Ricky Nault. "But that's not what he's about. Carson is a complete player. He does whatever he has to do. People ask why we throw him the ball at the foul line. We do it because the offense runs through him. He's our best player. He makes great decisions."
Despite the monster numbers, there was one number that sent Central fans reeling for an extended period at the beginning of the fourth quarter: four fouls.
He left the game less then a minute into the final quarter with Central leading 49-44. To be honest, it didn't look good.
But Luis Puello may have scored the key points of the game, swishing a 20-foot 3-pointer to put Central ahead, 52-47, before Andrew Ouellette chased down a rebound of his own missed 3-pointer and then drove to the hoop for a 54-48 lead with 1:55 remaining.
"As good as Carson played, I believe we lost the game because we didn't take advantage when he was out of the game," said coach Wilson, whose team wasn't able to make up any ground in the four minutes Desrosiers was on the bench.
Other than having fun, Desrosiers has only cared about one thing as a Central Catholic basketball player.
"I just want to win," he said. "I don't care about points or stats. I love all the aspects of the game. I love playing defense. I just love playing the game, especially here at Central for coach Nault."
The feeling is more than mutual.
Desrosiers' partner in rebounding and scoring crime, Zenevitch, says he has learned so much about being a team player from watching his teammate every day in practice and in games.
"Carson is special," said Zenevitch. "He is so good at every aspect of the game. He's the best passer I've ever seen. He's the best shot blocker I've ever seen. He could score all the time if he wanted. But he wants to win. I've been lucky to be around him."
Desrosiers was asked about the fact that his career at Central Catholic is officially one game from coming to an end, an impressive end — 91-11, including three sectional championships and potentially two state championships — at that.
"I don't like to think about that ... in fact, I haven't thought about it," said Desrosiers. "I'm only focused on the next four days of practices and our game on Saturday. I want to win a state championship for Central. That's what is driving me."
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