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February 18, 2014

Monday's area roundup: Martinez-Rodriguez propels Witches to boys hoop tournament title


The Salem News

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Salem 65, Malden 52: Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez scored a game-high 27 points and earned tournament MVP honors as Salem (16-5) prevailed in their own inaugural Witches Shootout. Martinez-Rodriguez also grabbed 11 rebounds and finished the two-game tourney with 44 points.

He was joined on the All-Tournament team by Salem teammates Jamie Dominguez (11 points, 13 rebounds last night) and Rashad Keys (17 points). David Kazadi contributed eight points and 14 rebounds in the win.

Beverly 72, Minuteman 47: The Panthers won their seventh straight game behind 14 points each from Chris Sinclair and Jon Berchoff to finish the regular season at 15-7. Nick Cross added a dozen points, fellow senior Josh Cairns added nine while fellow seniors Jonangel Franco and Zach Duguid also had fine all-around contests for Beverly, which outscored their foes 27-3 in the decisive third quarter. Sophomores Ryan Garrity and Sam Traicoff added nine and seven points, respectively.

Masconomet 61, Lynn Tech 38: The Chieftains improve to 12-8 on the season after last night’s win as Jake Rudolph poured in a team-high 26 points. Jackson Latimer added 10 points and Jalen Aho finished with 13 points.

Peabody 58, Ipswich 50: Bobby Sullivan had a team-high 10 points as the Tanners (8-12) ended the season on a winning note. Brian Onessimo, Jared McCarron, Matt Correale and Matt D’Amato all added nine points in the victory.

For Ipswich (1-19), Jake Long canned three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points, with teammate Aleks Kuljik scoring eight points.

Amesbury 66, Swampscott 61 (OT): Senior captain Chad Nelson had 28 points and 18 rebounds while teammate Joey Ragusa, a sophomore point guard, added 19 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Big Blue dropped to 4-14.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hamilton-Wenham 48, Hingham 34: Sam Charette led all scorers with 13 points to go along with 11 rebounds and three blocks as the host Generals (15-4) advanced to tonight’s Patton Tournament title game. Catherine Eccker added five points and a dozen rebounds while Sue Rose has two points, 10 assists and five steals. Kelly Walsh finished with five points and seven steals and Molly Eagar contributed with 10 points.

Bishop Fenwick 64, Beverly 28: The Crusaders (11-8) had a huge third quarter to knock off the Panthers (8-11) and will face H-W in the Patton championship game tonight (6:30 p.m.). Gianna Pizzano dropped in 13 of her game-high 21 points in the third quarter while also making three steals. Colleen Corcoran (11 points, 11 rebounds, 3 blocked shots) and Kate Lipka (11 points, 6 rebounds) also had big games.

Beverly (8-11) got seven points from Olivia George and five from Bridget Keaton.

Ipswich 47, Cardinal Spellman 44: The Tigers (9-9) officially earned their state tournament ticket with a victory at the St. Mary’s of Lynn tournament. Jenna Gagnon scored a game-high 17 points, with teammates Jordan Morrissey (14) and Bridget Curran (10) also in double figures. Nikki Pignone also scored, adding six points.

Salem 50, Everett 44: Captain Jaclyn Panneton had a game-high 19 points for the Witches (8-11), who won their third straight. Maritza Scott added 13 points in the win while Brianna Rodriguez added 11 points

Woburn 48, Peabody 38: Despite a 19-point second half effort by captain Carolyn Scacchi, the Tanners (14-5) fell short in the Woburn Tournament final. Scacchi finished with a team-high 21 points and 15 rebounds. Point guard Sara Hosman finished with eight points.

BOYS HOCKEY

Masconomet 5, Bishop Fenwick 1: Joe Griffin had two goals and an assist while Jake Esposito also scored twice to power the Chieftains (12-4-2) in the opening round of the Newburyport Bank Tournament’s Gulazian Division. Tyler Costello assisted on four of his team’s five goals while Mike Castro had two helpers and Jared Brann also scored. Mitch Nekoroski was sharp in making 21 saves.

Bishop Fenwick (2-18) got its lone goal from sophomore Mike Gallant, the first of his varsity career. Dylan Maida and Jimmy Moore had the assists.

Amesbury 2, Marblehead 2 (Amesbury wins in shootout): Goals by Dean Fader and Erik Powers gave the Headers (14-5-1) a 2-0 lead after 30 minutes, but the Indians rallied for two third period goals and prevailed in the fourth round of the shootout up in Newburyport. Tim Kalinowski, Kyle Koopman and Alex Delvento had assists while Harrison Young stopped 23 shots.

Everett 4, Salem 4 (Everett wins in shootout): At the Mulloy Tournament in Everett, the hosts tied the game with 11 seconds to play and won it in the sixth round of the shootout over Salem (9-7-3). Freshman Mike Gillis had two goals and an assist for the Witches; teammate Sam Petri had a goal and an assist and Derek Zwiercan scored a shorthanded marker. Brett Harring finished with 27 saves in the Salem nets.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Masconomet 9, Matignon 1: Sophomore Kylie Currier scored four times and added an assist to power the Lady Chieftains (7-8-3). Captain Jensena Moner had a goal and two assists; Nell Criscione, Izzy Sarra and Danielle Teixeira each finished with a goal and an assist; and Rose Sullivan also tallied. Molly Kelly (2 saves) and Andraya Ferraro (3 saves) both played well in goal.