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.