Josh Cairns had a breakout game for Beverly, dropping 17 points and earning the Panthers’ Player of the Game Award. Nick Cross scored 11 points despite battling foul trouble. Jon Berchoff and Zach Duguid added seven points apiece.
“In order for us to win ballgames we have to scrap and claw and we can’t afford to make mistakes, especially against a good team like that,” Chelsea (1-2) coach Jay Seigal said. “When you make mistakes, they’re going to make you pay and that’s what they did in the third quarter to break it open. You make a mistake, they make you pay for it and you can’t feel sorry for yourself. You gotta get back and continue to play hard, otherwise that 10-point lead becomes 20.”
Fenwick played Boston Latin tough through the first half and seemed to start fresh early in the second half, hitting its opponent with a 6-2 run to pull within five points (30-25). Boston Latin scored the next 10 points, however, and led 46-31 heading into the fourth quarter.
Matt Costello was named Fenwick’s Player of the Game after scoring 13 points, and Dom Luoni joined Costello in double figures with 11. Travis Maxner added eight.
“They have a little size on us, but I think we might have a little bit of a quickness advantage. We’ll see how it plays out,” Seigal said about his team’s consolation matchup with Fenwick.
As for the final, Lewis is hoping the Panthers can build off last night’s victory, but he knows it won’t be easy.
“They played really good defense. They talk and communicate and don’t take bad shots down the other end,” Lewis said. “They play good, disciplined basketball. It should be a good matchup.”