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Saturday will be a busy day in Massachusetts with 16 high school basketball teams vying for eight state championships.
Holy Cross and WPI will be the sites of this year’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) state championships with games tipping off at 12 p.m.
Before all eight games commence, let’s dish out our thoughts on each contest, as well as our predictions, too.
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MIAA State Basketball Championship Predictions
MIAA D1 Boys Final: Lynn English vs. Putnam (6:45 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Bulldogs were just the better team on Tuesday when they beat Newton North in the state semifinals. Alonzo Linton was one of many players that powered the Maroon and White to the team’s 22nd victory of the season. Linton should be a factor on Saturday against Putnam, which must find a way to slow down him and others on this Lynn English team. PREDICTION: Lynn English
MIAA D1 Girls Final: Braintree vs. Springfield Central (2:15 p.m. @ Holy Cross): For the third-straight March, the Wamps and Golden Eagles will meet in the finals. Jaliena Sanchez highlighted Springfield Central’s win over Franklin on Tuesday with 32 points and should be a factor against Braintree on Saturday, which needed a second-half surge to beat Central Catholic. PREDICTION: Springfield Central
MIAA D2 Boys Final: Tech Boston vs. Taconic (2:15 p.m. @ WPI): Tech Boston’s Shamar Browder was very impressive against Belmont on Wednesday, netting 19 of his 30 points in the second half, while Lyron Bennet was extremely clutch from the charity stripe, especially in the fourth quarter. Both players will need to mimic their performance on Saturday against Taconic, which pushed ahead for good against Westboro in the second half of its semifinal contest. Tech Boston won their meeting with the Braves last year, but Taconic should be motivated to erase last year’s setback with a win over the Bears this weekend. PREDICTION: Taconic
MIAA D2 Girls Final: Pentucket vs. Northampton (4:30 p.m. @ Holy Cross): The Sachems’ full-court press and transition offense seemed to be one of many reasons the Green and White was able to secure the lead for good against Pembroke on Wednesday. Look for a big game from Pentucket’s Angelica Hurley, who finished Wednesday’s semifinal with 19 points and nine rebounds. PREDICTION: Pentucket
MIAA D3 Boys Final: Bishop Stang vs. Dover-Sherborn (12 p.m. @ Holy Cross): Everything seems to be clicking for Dover-Sherborn these days. The Raiders have scored some impressive wins over the past few weeks to secure a spot in the championship game, including recent victories over Sabis in the state semifinals and Hudson, which was the top seed in the D3 Central Tournament. Their luck should continue against the Spartans in their first championship appearance since 1981. PREDICTION: Dover-Sherborn.
MIAA D3 Girls Final: St. Mary’s of Lynn vs. Hoosac Valley (12 p.m. @ WPI): Alexandria Mercier has been the go-to this season for the Hurricanes, especially earlier this week when she canned a game-high 22 points against Millis in the state semifinals. Mercier, along with Alison Mendel will be a tough duo to stop on Saturday and should find a way to lead Hoosac Vallet past a Spartans squad that overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat Archbishop Williams at the Garden on Wednesday. PREDICTION: Hoosac Valley
MIAA D4 Boys Final: Abington vs. Worcester Tech (6:45 p.m. @ WPI): The Green Wave was rather impressive Tuesday – they rallied to beat Pope John at the Garden, thanks to a late three-pointer from William Klein, which secured Abington a spot in this year’s championship game. The Green Wave will need to play the way they did down the stretch against Pope John to beat a talented Worcester Tech squad. PREDICTION: Abington
MIAA D4 Girls Final: Cathedral vs. Hopkins Academy (4:30 p.m. @ WPI): Dejah Jenkins will attempt to cap her senior year with the Panthers by delivering Cathedral its second state title in three seasons. Cathedral beat Fenway en route to its D4 crown in 2017, so expect the same to happen this time, as well. PREDICTION: Cathedral
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