Danvers, meanwhile, made life just as miserable for Salem when the Witches had the ball. Salem actually grabbed 21 offensive rebounds, but still managed only 41 points.
The Falcons harassed Salem point guard Jamie Dominguez so much on the perimeter that Doyle turned to guards Michael Sanchez and Kelven Perpetuo to handle the ball off the bench. That allowed Dominguez to work off the ball.
Dominguez led the way for Salem with 11 points, but none of them came easily.
“I was frustrated, but then I just thought about playing defense. I just wanted to play defense and forget about offense,” Dominguez said. “That’s the hardest we’ve played all year.”
Kazadi came through with 10 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks while Martinez-Rodriguez scored all 10 of his points in the first half.
Merry scored 14 points to lead Danvers and McCarthy hit four threes for 12 points. McCarthy was the only Danvers play to make a shot from beyond the arc, but the Falcons found a way to get Harris a clean look with the clock winding down.
“It’s funny, you draw something up and you never know if it’s going to work the way you draw it up. It was one of those things where it really did,” Walsh said. “We got the look and it just didn’t go in.”
The victory was huge for Salem. Danvers hadn’t dropped a Northeastern Conference game since the 2011-12 season.
“They get after it. They’re well disciplined, well coached and they play hard right to the buzzer,” Doyle said. “They’re the two-time defending state champs and they were undefeated coming into this game, so this is a good win for us.”
Salem has very little time to enjoy it. The Witches are back at it tonight against NEC power Lynn English.