HAMILTON — Freshman point guard Marcus Zegarowski really struggled for second seeded Hamilton-Wenham in the early goings of last night’s Division 4 North quarterfinal match up against Bishop Fenwick.
But with just seconds left in the first half, Zegarowski drilled a pull up jumper-his first field goal of the night-to tie the game going into the locker room. The freshman had found his game, and proceeded to own the third quarter, as the Generals pulled away from the Crusaders and held on for the 61-52 win in front of a standing room only crowd in Hamilton.
The Generals will take on third seeded St. Mary’s in the semifinals on Monday at St. John’s Prep.
Zegarowski used the dribble pull-up to perfection in the third quarter, consistently beating his man off the dribble and driving into the paint for high quality looks at the basket. He scored 16 of his game-high 21 points in the third quarter. No. 10 Bishop Fenwick (11-11) had just 14 points in the third as H-W built a 51-39 lead going into the final quarter, capped off by a Zegarowski three-pointer with the clock winding down.
”I told Marcus at half time to just relax and play his game. It’ll come,” explained Generals (18-2) skipper Doug Hoak. “He was certainly a different player in the third quarter and that was huge part of us winning the game.”
The freshman gave the Generals the lead, but it was senior captain Henry Eagar (15 points) that helped the team hold on in the fourth quarter after the Crusaders nailed a couple of three’s to pull within five points. Eagar had two And-1’s and a total of seven points for H-W, came up with a few big rebounds and even hit the floor a couple of times to keep possessions alive.