By Matt Noonan
A few local squads punched their ticket to their respective conference championship this weekend and below is this evening’s conference tournament roundup.
No. 14 Albertus Magnus 91, Lasell 72: Trailing 33-19 at the break, the Lasers attempted a comeback by scoring 53 points in the second session, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the Falcons, who’ll face St. Joe’s (Maine) on Saturday in the GNAC Championship. Brandon Ganesh scored 17 points in the setback, while Clyde Niba finished with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Salem State 82, MCLA 76: The Vikings are headed to the MASCAC Championship thanks to 17 points by Bryan Ortiz and 16 points by Andrew White. Salem State led MCLA at intermission, 34-30, before outscoring the Trailblazers 48-46 in the second half. Paul Maurice led MCLA and all scorers with 20 points.
Bridgewater State 66, Worcester State 62: Brendon Monteiro led all players 31 points, while Michael Lofton registered 10 rebounds as the Bears defeated the Lancers in Bridgewater and secured a spot in the MASCAC Championship. Dane Jobst led Worcester State with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Nichols 83, Salve Regina 80 (OT): Sam Horning, Jalen Hurst and Ryan Sheehan combined for four made free throws during the final 17 seconds, which helped the Bison defeat the Seahawks and earn a spot in the CCC Conference Championship on Saturday. Sheehan paced Nichols with 24 points, while Horning stuffed the stat sheet with 14 points, six steals, five rebounds, three assists and one block.
Gordon 66, Wentworth 55: Jason Dempsey netted 18 points, while Hans Miersma recorded eight points and 10 rebounds, as the Fighting Scots defeated the Leopards and advanced to the CCC Conference Championship. Wentworth’s Jherson Colon led all players with 20 points.
Bridgewater 88, Salem State 62: Jenna Williamson registered a game-best 36 points, along with nine rebounds, six assists and two steals as the Bears defeated the Vikings and punched its ticket to the MASCAC Championship. Salem State’s Rachel Carter finished the contest with 32 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Framingham State 62, Westfield State 53: Kristen Hoffman played all 40 minutes and registered 20 points, while Alycia Rackliffe recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Rams defeated the Owls in Westfield and earned its first trip to the MASCAC Championship since 2001. Westfield’s Jen Ashton and Forbasaw Nkamebo scored 15 points, respectively.
Roger Williams 60, Endicott 57: Angelica Ariola poured in a game-best 21 points, while Kaitlyn Bovee added 20 points as the Hawks rallied from a three-point deficit at the break to defeat the Gulls in the CCC Conference semifinals. Roger Williams will play University of New England in the championship. Endicott’s Samantha Crough matched Ariola with 21 points, too.