Tag: High School Basketball

Sounds of the Game: Greater Lowell Tech 47, Somerville 37

Nelsy Sainvil and the Greater Lowell Technical High School boys basketball team scored a season-opening win on Friday against Somerville. (PHOTO COURTESY: Matt Noonan/NoontimeSports.com)

By NoontimeSports.com

Sure, we’re posting a few days after the “official” start of the 2021-22 Massachusetts high school basketball season, but we enjoyed filming — and yes, taking photos — of a non-league tilt last Friday between Greater Lowell Technical High School and Somerville.

The Gryphons scored an opening-day win, downing the Highlanders by a score of 47-37.

Fans can visit our Instagram channel (@NoontimeNation) to see a few photos and our postgame reel — we will be posting highlights on reels this winter, so hopefully, you stop by to see what we produce!

Following the conclusion of Friday’s basketball game, we produced our first-ever “Sounds of the Game” video package for our YouTube channel — fans can expect to see more of these throughout the remainder of the high school basketball and hockey season.

We’re excited to produce more of these video packages — consider them an extended uncut version of the game with different angles from underneath the hoop to behind the bench.

So, without further ado, enjoy our first “Sounds of the Game” from last Friday’s non-league basketball meeting below!

Where Things Stand With High School Sports

According to a recent NFHS study, some states are playing basketball while others are expected to start their respective seasons this month. (PHOTO COURTESY: VisualHunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

In normal times, the high school winter sports season, both here in New England and around the country, would be well underway. But these are not normal times.

Due to the coronavirus, some states, including Massachusetts, are playing some sports this winter – of course, they don’t look like they usually do with mask-wearing to social distancing – while others like Alaska, Connecticut, and Virginia have yet to play a single regular season basketball contest as of this morning. Those states are set to begin competition later this month, according to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), which recently unveiled its ‘Winter Sports Season Guide‘ on Friday, January 15.

The NFHS guide provides high school sports fans with a closer look – well, more a breakdown, to be exact – of who is playing and who is not to what states, including California, Hawaii, and Nevada that have yet to play a single sport this school year (2020-21).

When it comes to wearing masks during competition, 11 states, including Arizona, Kansas, and Kentucky, have mandated that everyone wears them except when competing while 19 states, including Massachusetts and New Hampshire, require all participants to cover their face, both on the bench and on the ice or hardwood.

While basketball was certainly the focus of this particular update, there were some interesting notes worth sharing (below) on the state of high school hockey:

  • Nine states are currently playing hockey – in fact, Ohio and Wisconsin started their respective seasons last November.
  • Six states have not dropped the puck this winter, including Connecticut, Michigan, and New York. Here in New England, Rhode Island has yet to announce when its schools will be able to play games, but practices are permitted. Vermont is currently not allowing its various programs to compete or practice.
  • Five states will conclude their respective seasons without a state championship while five others have yet to announce plans for postseason competition. Five states, including Alaska, Michigan, and North Dakota, have announced dates for their respective state finals.

While it is nice to see some states (and areas of the country) playing basketball and hockey, we certainly know these games should look a bit different – shall we say normal? – hopefully next fall and winter. But for now, make sure to wear your mask, social distance, and wash those hands.

Daily Noontime: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

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By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

Welcome to Tuesday, everyone. I hope you are ALL doing well and ready for another great day – I know I am!

It may not totally feel like spring (or summer) like it did yesterday, but I am confident the weather this morning and early afternoon will put a smile on your face. And you know what will also make you smile (and feel happy) is a brand new Daily Noontime, so let’s get started.

The TD Garden will be the go-to site for some great local high school basketball this afternoon and evening – here is today’s Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) schedule:

  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Matignon vs. Cathedral, 2 p.m. 
  • MIAA D4 State Semifinals: Snowden vs. Abington, 3:45 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Andover vs. Bridgewater-Raynham, 5:30 p.m. 
  • MIAA D1 State Semifinals: Lynn English vs. Mansfield, 7:15 p.m. 

As of this morning, it appears as if fans will be allowed to attend these four games, but if anything changes due to COVID-19, we will let you know! Fans can also stream all four contests through NFHSNetwork.com.

The Boston Bruins will return to the ice this evening when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers for a 7 p.m. face-off. Boston is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning this past weekend.

Following their trip to Philadelphia, Boston will head to upstate New York for a Friday evening affair with the Buffalo Sabres before returning home on Saturday, March 14th for a 7 p.m. face-off against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for three wins this week!

The Boston Celtics return to the hardwood this evening, kicking off a three-game set in four days with a visit to the Indiana Pacers with tipoff scheduled for 7 p.m.

Boston is looking to return to the win column after being edged by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday.

Following their visit to Indiana, the Celtics will take on the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday followed by a home date Friday, March 13th against the Washington Wizards.

With COVID-19 continuing to spread throughout the New England region, as well as the country, the NBANHL, and MLB are preparing for the possibility of playing games without fans.

Speaking of games without fans, according to D3Hoops.com, Amherst College, which will be the host site of this week’s NCAA D-III Women’s Basketball Sectional semifinals and finals, will not allow supporters of the four teams in their gym after denying access last weekend for three games, including the Mammoths’ initial postseason contest against Framingham State University.

According to the Burlington Free Press, the Norwich University women’s ice hockey team will play its first NCAA Tournament game against Amherst on Wednesday, March 11th without any fans due to concerns of the coronavirus. And this may not be the first postseason college hockey game to not include fans.

Finally, we’re inching closer to learning where Tom Brady will play this season – will it be with the New England Patriots or somewhere else? Amy Trask of The Athletic thinks there are plenty of teams that would love to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion.

Mass. High Schools: MIAA North & South Basketball Tournament Pairings

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports & @Noontime_HS

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) unveiled its pairings (North and South) for the upcoming high school state tournament with most games tipping-off early next week.

Below are links to the North and South brackets – we will be keeping an eye on the numerous games through our high school sports Twitter handle @Noontime_HS, so make sure to follow for some game coverage, along with scores, news, and links.


North Tournaments 

MIAA D1 Noth Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Lynn English 

MIAA D2 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Belmont

MIAA D3 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: St. Mary’s (Lynn)

MIAA D4 North Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Mystic Valley 

MIAA D1 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Belmont

MIAA D2 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Pentucket 

MIAA D3 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Latin Academy

MIAA D4 North Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Fenway 


South Tournaments

MIAA D1 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Brookline

MIAA D2 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Randolph

MIAA D3 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Wareham 

MIAA D4 South Boy’s Tournament | Top Seed: Blue Hills

MIAA D1 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Bridgewater-Raynham

MIAA D2 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Foxboro 

MIAA D3 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: Archbishop Williams

MIAA D4 South Girl’s Tournament | Top Seed: West Bridgewater 


Stay connected with our Noontime Sports high school sports coverage by following @Noontime_HS on Twitter! 

Mass High School Hoops: Brockton 67, Charlestown 64 (OT)

Brockton's clutch free throws in overtime lifted the Boxers past Charlestown on Monday in the state semi-finals, 67-64. (Photo Credit: C.J. Legner)

By Hayden Bird 

BOSTON, MA – The Brockton Boxers defeated the Charlestown Townies in overtime on Monday, 67-64 in the first of two Division I basketball state semifinal games.

Brockton not only carved a place for themselves in the State Championship (to be played on March 17th), but also gained a measure of revenge for an earlier loss to Charlestown during the regular season.

Considering the venue for the game (the TD Garden) and the fact that it’s the postseason, it was no surprise that both teams started with frantic urgency. And almost right away, the pattern for the game was established.

Despite all of the talent that both teams had between them, it turned out to be a game riddled with mistakes on both sides.

An early 11-2 Charlestown run took the game from a 10-6 Brockton lead directly to a 17-12 lead for the Townies.

Yet, it was foreshadowing of future events when Brockton rallied to tie the game on the back of some steals right before the end of the period.

Back to back turnovers that Brockton caused resulted in baskets, notching the first quarter score at 19 apiece.

The second quarter saw a drop-off in offense for long periods of time, stemmed as much from travels as it was from some inspired defense.

It was the shooting game, which most concerned Brockton coach Robert Boen.

“We made a couple of big ones,” Boen said after the game concluded.

His view of his team’s foul shooting was a little less than praiseworthy. “It was kind of surprising that we didn’t shoot better.”

That being said, Brockton did more than enough at the end of the second quarter to regain a lead and keep it at arm’s length.

The third quarter (and start of the second half) didn’t bring as much of a reprieve to the lack of offense as some might have hoped for. Instead, the third quarter saw a tightly contested contest where Charlestown actually had more points in that span than Brockton (winning the third quarter 14-10).

One big moment came at the very end of the third quarter when Brockton senior guard Drew Fiske nailed two crucial three pointers. The second hit as time was expiring in the quarter.

“I just got open,” Fiske said. “I don’t even think three when I shoot, I just shoot the ball.”

Buoyed up by the tie score, both teams reignited offensively in the fourth quarter, if only for periods.

Charlestown surged to a mid-fourth quarter lead ,which at one point was six points.

“People probably counted us out a little bit when we were down by six,” Fiske noted. “But we just knew we could win no matter what.”

Again, Brockton put together a rally that was jumpstarted by defense. Excellent rebounding and a lack of turnovers combined, helped the Boxers tie the score with under a minute in regulation (at 57-57). They even had a chance to win it with 20-seconds remaining, yet poor execution forced an extra session.

Yet Charlestown weren’t capable in overtime the same way they had been earlier in the fourth. And Brockton’s defense was too good. Though the lead was never more than four for Brockton, they rarely looked threatened and closed out the game with a 67-64 win.

Afterwards, Fiske couldn’t help but be taken by the moment of winning in the Garden, “it’s a dream come true.”