For the second straight year, the Beverly boys basketball team went on the road and defeated Lynn English with a buzzer-beater.
Last year it was Nick Cross’ deep three-pointer but this year, with just eight tenths of a second left, Jon Berchoff finished off a perfectly executed out of bounds play and the Panthers pulled out the thrilling 78-77 win.
The win clinched the state tournament for the Panthers (11-7) and was just the way to end what’s been a very remarkable week for the team and head coach Scott Lewis.
“This capped off a week where we beat Lynn Classical, Lynn English and Salem and that doesn’t happen to too many programs,” said Lewis. “It’s a good feeling. We were struggling during the season with injuries and not playing well.”
Freddy Hogan hit a three-pointer with 18 seconds left to put the Bulldogs up by one and Beverly came down just like last year and didn’t take a timeout.
“The ball got batted around a little bit but we got it underneath and then I had to take a timeout with eight-tenths of a second left,” said Lewis. “We ran a play for Berchoff and executed it perfectly. He was wide open.”
Berchoff had 13 points on the night, Cross led the team with 23 points and Chris Sinclair also contributed 13 points.
Marblehead 73, Gloucester 44: Marblehead (8-7) shot the lights out early hitting seven first-half three-pointers en route to a 46-12 halftime lead. Cian Saunders was sensational draining five field goals from downtown to finish with 22 points.
Lynnfield 53, Ipswich 48: Ben Rice had a big second half for Ipswich (1-16) grabbing 11 total rebounds to go with seven points. Matt Jaeger (13 points) added three, second half three-pointers and Jake Long finished with 16 points as the Tigers attempted to mount a comeback trailing 14 at the half.
Danvers 75, Swampscott 50: Peter Merry (16 points and five rebounds), Devin Harris (13 points and four rebounds), Kieran Beck (12 points and eight rebounds) and Rashad Francois (10 points and five rebounds) all were double-digit scorers for Danvers (13-2). Mark McCarthy (four points, eight assists and five steals), Mike Nestor (five points and seven rebounds) and Devin Allen (seven points, two rebounds and three assists) also had good games.
Waring 51. Waldorf 23: Waring improved to 11-3 thanks to some strong defense by Nick Wiggelsworth, who was making his first start. Adrien Hupin (eight points), Zak Vanack (eight points), Jacob Vanack (five assists) and Johnny Sandri (eight rebounds) were the other top Waring contributors.
Lynn Classical 57, Peabody 46: Junior Matt Correale scored 19 points and had three assists but it wasn’t enough for Peabody, which at 7-10 must win its last three games to qualify for the playoffs. Jared McCarron chipped in 11 points for the Tanners while Matt D’Amato grabbed five rebounds and Brian Onessimo scored six points.
Salem 73, Revere 49: Double-doubles from Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez (14 points, 11 rebounds) and David Kazadi (game-high 19 points and 10 boards) helped the Witches (12-3) pull into a first place tie in the NEC North along with Beverly’s win over English. Rashad Keys scored 16 for Salem and Jamie Dominguez added 13. The Witches host Everett at Salem State University tomorrow (3 p.m.).
North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 94, St. Joseph Prep 64: The Hawks (5-11) lost to St. Joseph just three days ago and took the second meeting in impressive fasion. Trace Schaejbe poured in 29 points while North Shore benefitted from great ball movement by Mike Mitchell (16 points, seven assists) and Jeff White (10 points, nine assists). Riley Anderson added 12 points for the Tech and Paul Lozzaro scored 11.
Bishop Fenwick 68, Matignon 46: Four Crusaders scored in double figures and Fenwick (9-7) grabbed a road win to boost their hopes of getting to the state tournament. Colleen Corcoran led the way with 18 points and 13 rebounds while Kate Lipka had 12 points, four steals and three blocks. Sydney Brennan chipped in 10 points and Gianna Pizzano scored ten for the winners.
Governor’s 51, Pingree 32: Haley Sabino led Pingree (9-8) with eight points while Kerri Zerfoss and Hanna Stasiuk contributed six points each.
Danvers 43, Swamspcott 38: Hannah Llewellyn scored 11 points and senior Ashley Arnoldy added 10 as Danvers (9-8) jumped out to a 22-point lead in the first half. Swampscott (5-11) caught fire in the second half as Jaymie Caponigro scored a game-high 19 points and senior captain Jackie Walsh added 10, but the Falcons got enough stops in the fourth quarter to win.
Masconomet 61, Hamilton-Wenham 46: Nicole Femino scored 17 points and added eight rebounds with three steals and two assists and strong perimeter defense by Kate Kitsakos (10 points) helped Masco (15-0) hold off Hamilton-Wenham (12-4). Sam Charette scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to help the Generals keep it close. Masco’s Hannah Kiernan scored 12 points, Meghan Collins had 12 points, Lexie Nason collected nine rebounds and freshman Steph Mini came up with four blocks. H-W’s Catherine Ecker had 12 points.
Marblehead 50, Gloucester 36: Emily Freedland put up 25 points to lead Marblehead (10-5) while Mia Bongiorno added 16 points.
Revere 39, Salem 34: The Witches lost a close one at home as they only trailed by two at halftime. Revere scored the final seven points to preserve the win. Jaclyn Panneton, Maritza Scott, Rachael Zipper and Brianna Rodriguez each had six for Salem (4-9).
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