BOSTON, MA – We were live from the TD Garden on Monday for the MIAA state semi-finals. Here are some quick highlights/links from the four games that occurred.
Eastern Mass/ Division 4 Championship: St. Mary’s of Lynn 70, Cathedral 64
Despite trailing for a majority of the opening quarter, St. Mary’s of Lynn rallied to net back-to-back baskets to end the first session with a 17-15 lead, which they never relinquished, as the Spartans defeated Cathedral High School, 70-64 in the MIAA Div. 4 eastern finals.
“These guys did everything you asked them to, [and] we knew that this Cathedral team was going to comeback,” said St. Mary’s head coach Kevin Moran.
“Our school’s doing really well right now. Hockey teams, girls basketball team, [so] we just wanted to make our mark in the school and make our school proud,” said St. Mary’s junior Randolf Thurman.
Cathedral mounted a 12-2 comeback late in the fourth quarter, but various free throws helped St. Mary’s preserve their first quarter lead, as well as the victory, too.
Div. 3 Semi-Finals: Danvers 68, Wareham 45
Senior George Merry paced Danvers with 22 points, while junior Nick Bates added 17 points, as the Falcons flew past Wareham in the semi-final match, and punched their ticket to the state championship on Saturday, Mar. 17.
Danvers held Wareham to nine points in the first frame, but the Vikings responded in the third quarter with 36 unanswered points. However, their comeback wasn’t enough as the Falcons preserved their lead and outscored the Vikings in the final session, 14-9.
Div. 2 Semi-Finals: Brighton 53, Stoughton 42
Senior Decorise James and sophomore Malik James each turned in 11 points, while junior Theo Oribharbor added 10 points, as Brighton defeated Stoughton, and clinched a spot in the Div. II state championship.
Both teams entered their dressing rooms with the score locked at 26-26, but once the second half started, Brighton registered nine points in the third and 18 points in the fourth, which secured the victory.
Div. 1 Semi-Finals: Brockton 67, Charlestown 64 (OT)