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Carl Joseph stars for Men’s Basketball

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Carl Joseph and the Beacons made sure to send Titus off with a victory

This season, Carl Joseph emerged as one of the top players on the University of Massachusetts Boston Men’s Basketball team. Although the squad has had its share of struggles this year, Joseph has been a major bright spot.
Why has the junior forward been so successful? He attributes his success to his developing relationship with Coach Charlie Titus.
“This year, me and coach’s relationship has become a lot stronger than previous years,” Joseph said. “From my freshman year to now, he’s been able to trust me on the court more, allowing me to play my game.”
Health is also a big reason why the 6’5 junior forward out of Brockton is averaging a team and career-high 19 points per game, as well as six rebounds and two blocks per game.
“I’m just looking to be a whole lot more aggressive this year. I’m a whole lot more healthy this year than I was last year, when I was dealing with a patella tendinitis.”
“Last year my limits were limited, per say. But I did start most of the games. And I did play a frequent amount, but the knee just stopped my progress,” Joseph said.
Right now the Beacons are 513. With the second half of the season underway, Joseph thinks his team needs to be more consistent in order for them to get back in the win column.
“We’ve have great spurts in games when we really gelled,” Joseph said. “We need that more frequently.”
With consistency, the Beacons will be able to play their run-and-gun style of basketball and get into the open court. Joseph hopes that in the remaining games, the Beacons will be able to use their strengths in order to force teams to play their style of basketball and win games.
Joseph noted that although the Beacons lost a lot of players from the previous season, the team has received a lot of contributions from returning players Quadry Allen, BJ Rosary, Selim Omerovic and transfer student Gregory Young.
As the Little East Conference tournament approaches, the Beacons’ goal is to play better than their record shows and earn some respect from other teams within their conference.
“That’s probably the first thing that’s on my mind,” Joseph said. “I really do want the conference to respect us as a basketball team.”