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January 27, 2014

Weekend area roundup: Dominguez hits buzzer beater to lift Salem past Lowell

BOYS BASKETBALL

Salem 47, Lowell 45: Jamie Dominguez hit a spinning jump shot as the clock expired to lift the Witches to their ninth straight win. A Lowell player was fouled shooting a 3-pointer and made one free throw to tie the game with 10 seconds left. The Witches came out of a timeout and ran an isolation play for Dominguez.

Dominguez scored 12 points and had seven assists and five rebounds for Salem (11-1). Bryan Martinez-Rodriguez led Salem with 16 points and Rashad Keys chipped in 13 points and five rebounds.

Salem, which doesn’t play again until Friday when Lynn English comes to town, swept its two games against Lowell this season, one in overtime and one at the buzzer.

”It was back-and-forth the whole game,” Salem coach Tommy Doyle said. “It was a really tight game; nobody had control for more than a minute or so.”

Bridgewater-Raynham 75, Beverly 66: The Panthers, playing their fifth straight game without senior forward Nick Cross, suffered another loss when senior guard Jonangel Franco was injured in the second quarter. John Berchoff stepped up by scoring 32 points and grabbing nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as Beverly slipped to 7-6. Chris Sinclair also played well, dropping 20 points and sliding over to play the point guard position when Franco was knocked out of the game.

BOYS TRACK

Peabody’s boys 4x800 relay team of Alex Greco, Cody Picardy, Drew Fossa and Ben Braz took home a state title at the MSTCA Elite Invitational meet yesterday. The Tanners beat out North Andover by two-tenths of a second and their times of 8:08.76 was just a second-and-a-half off the meet record.

Also for Peabody, freshman Marcelo Rocha ran a 9:52 2-mile and qualified for the state meet. St. John’s Prep’s Joe Luongo won the 600 at the Elite meet with a time of 1:21.50, a new school record. Fellow Eagle Evan Dombrowski was third in the shot put with a throw of 53-feet-6-inches. Swampscott’s Matt Mahoney was third in the 2-mile in 9:19, while Noah Conti ran a personal best of 1:24.97 in the 600 meters.

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