A strong defensive quarter was enough to help Salem pull away from Peabody last night, while also knocking the Tanners from tournament contention.
The Witches held Peabody to just two points in the third quarter and held on for a 58-47 win.
Jamie Dominguez hit five 3-pointers and scored 20 points to lead Salem while David Kazadi scored 18 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Rashad Keys, back from an ankle injury, scored 11 for Salem (14-4), which plays Lynn Classical tomorrow night for the Northeastern Conference Large title.
Jared McCarron scored 21 points and added six rebounds and three steals for Peabody. Matt Correale chipped in with 14 points and David Hoar played well for the Tanners (7-11).
Waring 40, Cambridge School of Weston 39: Senior Henry Balf led the way with 22 points as Waring advances to the MBIL championship on Thursday with the the win. Senior Charlie Mitchell had nine points and made the final steal of the game to seal the victory of Waring. Alex Mitch added two points and and nine rebounds, while sophomore center Dylan Macy finished with three points and seven rebounds off the bench. The entire school came out for the semifinal contest to show support for the the team. Waring plays Covenant Christian Academy in finals on Thursday at the Beverly YMCA.
Beverly 70, Revere 68: Nick Cross hit a game-winning three pointer with 20 seconds left in the game. Revere missed its last two shots as time expired to give Beverly the win. Jonangel Franco had a career-high 15 points, while Cross also added 15 and John Berchoff finished with a game-high 20 points for the Panthers (12-7).
Northeast Metro 68, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 63: Ricky Valenzuela netted a team-high 19 points, while Trace Schaejbe contributed with 16 for the Hawks (5-12). Sophomore Reilly Anderson added 12 and Paul Lazzaro (three points) pulled down 10 rebounds.
Danvers 44, Gloucester 41: Senior point guard Delaney Zecha had a school record 10 steals, including one with a little over a minute to go in which she fed teammate Hannah Llewellyn (8 points) for the tiebreaking layup as the Falcons qualified for state tournament play on Senior Night. Zecha also added 10 assists, while Emily McNulty had a team-high 15 points for Danvers (10-9) and Ashley Arnoldy also had a big game with eight points, eight rebounds and three steals. The hosts trailed by two (27-25) at halftime and were tied after three quarters (35-35) before pulling off the dramatic win late.