The Salem boys basketball team had a miserable fourth quarter offensively last night.
But the Witches heated up in overtime to get the better of host Marblehead, 64-54.
Sparked by two three-pointers by Shakir White (game-high 21 points) and a pair of pull-up jumpers by Kelven Perpetuo, Salem (13-4) scored 15 in the 4-minute overtime after netting only five in the 8-minute fourth quarter.
Spencer Craig scored 17 for Marblehead (8-8) as the Magicians came back to tie it 49-49 at the end of regulation.
”We zoned each other to death tonight,” Salem coach Tom Doyle said of the back-and-forth Northeastern Conference battle. “We both had spurts where the zone caused major problems, and other times where guys, mostly Craig for them and Shaky for us, hit three’s and broke it.”
Jamie Dominguez added 14 points for Salem while David Kazadi (8 points) and Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (12) each had ten rebounds. Ryan Himes added 12 points for Marblehead.
Covenant Christian 53, Waring 43: Senior captains Henry Balf (15 points), Alex Mitchell (11 points) and Charlie Mitchell (6) played well in Waring’s last game before today’s league playoffs begins (at home against Cambridge of Weston). Dylan Macy scored seven points and Aiden Wood chipped in seven for Waring, which is seeded No. 2.
Pingree 52, Lexington Christian 47: Sophomore guard Justin Assad stayed hot with 24 points, including three 3-pointers, to help the Highlanders (15-7, 11-2 EIL) hold off the third place LCA. Kyle Lentini scored 11 points, including big back-to-back buckets in the third, and Reese Fulmer also played very well at both ends of the floor.
Manchester Essex 52, Ipswich 41: The Tigers trailed by one at halftime and battled throughout the second half, but the Hornets made the plays the stretch to secure victory. Matt Jaeger scored 15 points, including his 41st 3-pointer of the year, while Jake Long scored seven points and Ben Rice grabbed seven rebounds.