Hostile road environments either bring out the best or the worst in a basketball team.
On the road in Dorchester, St. John’s Prep downed Catholic Conference rival B.C. High, 70-66 in overtime in a win that had head coach John Dullea praising the mettle of his Eagles.
“It’s definitely a very satisfying road conference win against a good BC High team. We showed a lot of mental toughness,” said Dullea. “There were times in the game and in the fourth quarter when we were down. We never let that bother us and made the plays we needed.”
Max Burt finished with a team-high 21 points including a few key field goals in overtime as well as some clutch late free throws. The Eagles rebounded defensively as a team in the extra period limiting the hosts to just one chance at the tin per possession. Max Butterbrodt added 17 points and Ben Judson chipped in 15 points as St. John’s Prep bumped its record to 9-1.
Bishop Fenwick 66, Shawsheen 47: Matt Costello led the Crusaders (7-6) with 22 points while Jhon Olivera (eight points) gave the team a good spark after a lackluster second quarter. Myles Connor was a major contributor on the glass for Fenwick.
Danvers 2, Stoneham 0: Senior captain Jay Calcagno had both goals and junior goaltender Alex Taylor stopped all 18 shots he faced as the Falcons (6-7) snapped a four-game losing streak with a big win on the road. Defenseman Steven Ganley assisted on both of Calcagno’s goals while fellow blue liner Ryan Cassidy and captain Matt Flynn also had helpers. Senior Alec Littlefield, along with Ganley and Cassidy, were all stellar defensively.
North Andover 3, Peabody 0: Despite 16 saves from Stephen Ferrante in goal, the Tanners couldn’t get on the scoreboard and fell to 3-9-1. Freshman defenseman Timmy January, a call-up from the junior varsity team, had a fine game for the Tanners, as did senior captain Andrew Bisconti and sophomore center Owen Brewster.
St. Mary’s Lynn 8, Bishop Fenwick 0: Six second period goals by the hosts sunk Bishop Fenwick (1-9), which got a combined 28 saves from goalies Bobby Lombardi and Stephen Young. The Crusaders’ trio of Matt Townsend, Jimmy Moore and Chris Napolitano played well in defeat. Beverly’s Bailey MacBurnie had the shutout for St. Mary’s, stopping 15 shots before giving way to Ryan Borders (7 saves).
Dracut 7, Swampscott 0: The Middies scored four power play goals to break open a 1-0 game after 15 minutes, sending the Big Blue to 1-10-1. Trent Gallagher made 24 saves in the Swampscott net.
Hamilton-Wenham 47, Amesbury 39: The Generals (7-3) forced 34 turnovers in another strong defensive effort. Sue Rose contributed seven points, eight assists and nine steals, Catherine Ecker chipped in seven points and 11 rebounds and Haley Willis scored a team-high 14 points to go with 11 boards.
Methuen 58, Danvers 33: Emily McNulty returned from a two-game absence due to injury and scored 12 points and pulled down seven rebounds, but the Falcons couldn’t recover from a slow start and dropped to 7-5. Danvers shot 4 of 31 from the floor in the first half and fell behind, 29-12.
Whittier Tech 63, Gloucester 39: The Fishermen slipped to 0-12 with the loss.
St. John’s Prep 101, Chelmsford 77: The Eagles won every event and had three double winners to boot to cruise at the Salem State pool. Alex Swaim won both the 500 freestyle (4:49.78) and 100 backstroke (56.34); Michael Xenakis was victorious in the 200 IM (2:03.09) and 100 butterfly (57.42); and Kent Parsons took first place in the 50 free (22.43) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.49).
Jake Bennet was also a winner for St. John’s Prep in the 200 free (1:46.33), as was Anthony Petrozza in the 100 free (49.67) and Sean Janko in diving. The Eagles also won the 200 medley relay (1:40.28) behind Swaim, Parsons, Xenakis and Petrozza, as well as the 200 free relay (1:32.86) as the quartet of Petrozza, Parsons, Bennet and Ryan Powers prevailed.
Hamilton-Wenham 118.75, Gloucester 111.3: The Generals earned their first win of the season as Madeline Dahlin scored an 8.2 on vault and Julia Bucci turned in a strong floor score of 8.0.
St. John’s Prep 41, Catholic Memorial 25: The Eagles improved to 3-0 in Catholic Conference meets and 28-1 overall behind wins from Michael Dik (120 pounds), Jared Costa (145), Fred Colberg (152), Ben DiNatale (160), Solomon White (170), Spencer Jenkins (195), Ian Butterbrodt (220) and Jay Carnevale (285).
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Roger Williams 66, Gordon 53: The Scots led by one at halftime but RWU, which has but one loss in conference play, played a superior second half to come away with the win. Brooke Kratche had 20 points for Gordon while Fredi Nielsen had a monster game with 17 points and 19 rebounds. Only four players scored for Gordon, including Skylar Bareford and Mariel Barner, however.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Roger Williams 68, Gordon 52: The Fighting Scots (8-7) struggled from the free throw line and from behind the arc in a home conference setback. Park Thomas led Gordon with 13 points while Hans Miersma scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Jason Dempsey chipped in seven points.