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.”

Mass High School Hoops: Danvers 68, Wareham 45

Danvers' boys basketball team earned a convincing win against Wareham on Monday, and will now advance to Worcester on Saturday for the Div. III state finals. (Photo Credit: C.J. Legner)

By Hayden Bird 

BOSTON, MA – The Danvers Falcons defeated the Wareham 68-45 in front of a large and lively crowd at the TD Garden earlier today to earn a trip to the Division III MIAA Basketball State Finals.

Shortly following the 4:15 tip-off, the course of the game became clear. Though they couldn’t boast an undefeated record like their Wareham counterparts, Danvers quickly asserted themselves as the more threatening of the two sides.

Utilizing a slew of scorers, including lengthy senior George Merry, Danvers took an 8-8 tie, and ripped off a 13-1 run, culminating in a 21-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The second quarter saw a distinct drop-off in offense, as both teams reignited their defenses but couldn’t avoid mistakes on offense. Wareham took the respite in Danvers scoring to chip away at their deficit.

Behind perimeter shooting from senior Aaron Baptiste and a perfect free throw ratio from junior Jeff Houde, the Vikings chopped Danvers’ lead to eight, trailing 30-22 at halftime.

And it was the beginning of the second half that saw a brief glimmer of hope for the hitherto undefeated Wareham Vikings.

Engineered largely from guard Darien Fernandez, Wareham remarkably tied the game at 30 before taking a short-lived lead, 32-30.

“We had to weather the storm,” noted Danvers head coach John Walsh. “One more hoop (by Wareham) and we would have had to call timeout.”

Yet, Danvers finally found their shooting touch in the third quarter and began a run that would eventually put the game away. Three unanswered three pointers from juniors Nick Bates and Nick McKenna emphatically handed Danvers a 39-32 lead in the game once again.

The Falcons would not relinquish their advantage again.

In fact, what started as a promising third quarter turned into a nightmare for Wareham. Danvers closed out the quarter on an incredible 24-4 run, with their offensive dominance interrupted only by four points from Fernandez.

By the start of the fourth quarter, the game was a lopsided 54-36 in Danvers’ favor.

For Walsh, the crucial part of their success started defensively. Danvers accomplished this by focusing in on one of Wareham’s strength’s.

“I thought we did a pretty good job of defending the perimeter” said Walsh.

“They like to shoot the three ball” Walsh asserted. “We knew that if we could limit that, I don’t know if they could make enough twos to get up into the seventies where they like to be.”

In the end, too many turnovers and missed rebounds were the backbreaker for Wareham and their undefeated run. Despite a resurgent fourth quarter, the disastrous third quarter proved too big a hurdle. That, and Danvers’ energetic defense.

“I was pretty happy with the way the kids played” declared a relaxed Walsh after the game. “It’s really exciting.”

Danvers now moves onto the Division III final next Saturday (March 17th) at 12:30pm. They will play the winner of Tuesday’s other semifinal between Whitinsville Christian and St. Joseph’s.