Wayland played zone for almost the entire game. Early on, Danvers remained on the perimeter and hoisted three-pointers. Some fell; some didn’t. But the Falcons were able to hold Wildcat stud Jaleel Bell to just four first half points and with some fine shooting by McKenna (14 points) took a 31-21 lead into the break.
Bell, who torched the Falcons for 36 points last year in the semifinals and was fresh off a 34-point performance in Wayland’s win over North Reading. Things weren’t so easy Saturday as the senior guard managed just 17 points. Martin was the primary defender on Bell, but since Danvers plays so much zone every Falcon on the court guarded him at one point or another.
“We had won five games in a row being down at the half,” noted Wayland head coach Dennis Doherty. “Against a team like Danvers that’s that skilled and talented, we needed to play better first half. We left too many points out there in the first half.”
agateHed:Danvers 57, Wayland 52
agate_boldCentered:Division 2 North final
at Tsongas Center, Lowell
agate_lineQuarters:Wayland: Bell 8-0-17, Leavitt 3-3-9, Schaefer 3-1-7, Bonner 3-0-6, Karpacz 3-0-6, Williams 2-0-5, Garcia 1-0-2. Totals 23-4-52.
agate_lineQuarters:Danvers: McKenna 6-0-14, Bates 5-2-13, Cawlina 3-0-9, Martin 3-1-7, Clifford 2-0-6, Connors 2-0-4, Beck 2-0-4 Totals 23-3-57.
agate_lineQuarters:Halftime: Danvers, 31-21.
agate_lineQuarters:3-pointers: W, Bell, Williams; D, Cawlina 3, McKenna 2, Clifford 2, Bates..
agate_lineQuarters:Records: D, 22-2; W, 19-5.