The final outcome may have been a little more heart-pounding than Beverly boys basketball coach Scott Lewis would have liked, but in the end he couldn’t complain with his team’s victory in the Beverly North Shore Basketball Tournament final.
Beverly defeated Boston Latin, 58-54, to win its second title in the tournament’s three years of existence. Senior Cam Rogers made some critical free throws down the stretch to seal the win, and he ended up with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and the tournament MVP trophy.
Jon Berchoff added 18 points and six rebounds, Josh Cairns connected for 13 points, and Nick Cross produced nine points and six rebounds. Berchoff and Cross joined Rogers on the All-Tournament Team.
Beverly improved to 4-1 with the victory.
Rockport 55, Ipswich 41: Junior forward Eric Fyrer had game-high 21 points, though the Tigers drop to 1-4 overall. Ipswich couldn’t overcome the first half deficit, while Curran O’Connor contributed with seven points.
Swampscott 32, Danvers 30: Ara Talkov (17 points) drained two free throws with six seconds left to give the Big Blue the Malden Christmas Tournament Finals victory. Emily McNulty led Danvers with nine points.
H-W 54, Amesbury 24: Cassandra Fibbe scored 14 points to go with four assists and eight rebounds as the Generals (4-1) jumped out to a 24-9 halftime lead. Sue Rose (two points and seven assists), Taylor Morong (nine points and nine boards), Carolyn Cook (two points and 10 boards) and Haley Willis (10 points and five assists) all played well in the win.
Salem 49, Everett 34: Salem was led by Jaclyn Panneton’s 16 points and the Witches also got a boost from the return of senior Shanteliz Nunez, who returned to the lineup from injury. Nunez scored four points and played well to help Salem move to 2-2.
St. Clement 48, North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie 26: North Shore dropped to 0-5 with the loss.
Swampscott 9, East Boston 2: For the ninth time in 10 years the Big Blue captured the Deep Freeze Tournament. Swampscott was down 1-0 at the end of the first period, but piled on the goals in the second and third. Ryan Cresta had two goals, while multiple skaters had a goal and an assist. Trevor Massey recorded three assists as the Big Blue move to 4-1 on the season.
Everett 6, Salem 4: Danny Heck scored one goal and added two assists and Sam Petri contributed three assists, but it wasn’t enough as the Witches fell to 1-3-2. Spencer Bergholtz, Killian Fitzpatrick and Jake Batista also scored for Salem.