Matthew Boen has permanent bragging rights in his household.
Boen scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while picking up his 1,000th career point as Mansfield defeated Taunton, 68-53, to claim their ninth consecutive Hockomock Kelley-Rex league crown on Monday night at Mansfield High School.
Over the last nine years, Boen watched from the stands as older brothers Mike and Max piled up points on the hardwood for the Hornets. While Mike came within 50 career points and Max claimed a Division 1 state championship, Matthew now heads home as the only one in the family to earn the honor of scoring 1,000 career points. The senior star and 2020 Boston Herald All-Scholastic is the fifth boys basketball player in Mansfield history to claim the honor.
“It’s an incredible honor to be able to do this and it speaks to my teammates,” the youngest Boen said. “It was really cool being able to watch my older brothers growing up.”
Boen scored his 1,000th point of his career with 15.2 seconds remaining on a free throw that put the Hornets (13-1) up 68-51.
While Boen’s accomplishment was the story of the night, Hornets sophomore Chris Hill was the difference in the game scoring 18 points while corralling eight rebounds going up against Taunton star forward Tyler Stewart. Mansfield senior Matt Hyland joined Hill in the attack scoring 15 points. Similar to Boen, Hill and Hyland both have had older brothers in Brendan and Sam who have been a part of Mansfield’s success over the last decade.
“It speaks to the dedication and loyalty that these kids and these families have had towards the program,” Mansfield coach Mike Vaughan said. “Matty has given everything he has to this program and so has his family so it makes me incredibly happy to see him accomplish what he did tonight.”
One day after suffering their first loss of the year at the hands of the Tigers, Mansfield came out firing in the second half to even the score. The game was tied at 29 heading into the third quarter but seven points from Brendan Foley and two more from Hill put Mansfield up 42-33 midway through the frame. Taunton closed to within five, 45-40, before the third ended on a three by Trent Santos but the Hornets would not be denied.
Foley hit a pair of cutting layups and then Boen finished a transition layup to put Mansfield up 51-40. Moments later, Foley put the finishing touches on scoring five straight before Jack Colby knocked down a trey of his own to put the Hornets up 61-43 with three minutes to play.
“This is something I won’t forget,” Boen said. “It’s the best feeling I have had on a basketball court and I can’t wait to celebrate it with my family.”