It’s been weeks since the St. John’s Prep basketball team, which began the season 13-0, erased any lingering doubts about their team this winter.
Still, clinching a Catholic Conference title few pegged them to the win in the preseason with a 59-54 decision at Catholic Memorial was supremely satisfying for the Eagles, who improved to 7-0 in league play and 14-1 overall.
Senior guard Drex Costello led the way with 20 points and 10 rebounds and junior Max Butterbrodt scored a season-high 16 points with eight rebounds.
“It’s a very big accomplishment,” head coach Sean Connolly said. “We lost seven of our top eight guys from last year, so we were very inexperienced and many people gave us a shot to win the league. We’ve really come together. I’m very proud of these guys.”
Sophomore guard Ben Judson scored 14 for the Prep, which led 29-24 at the half and faces rival Central Catholic tomorrow afternoon.
Pingree 61, Concord Academy 44: Freshman Nino Leone recorded his first career double double with 13 points and 12 rebounds as Pingree (14-5, 9-1 EIL) held off the EIL’s third place club. Johnny Spears scored 10 points and had eight rebounds.
Hamilton-Wenham 67, Triton 48: James Foye scored 25 points with five steals and had a strong first half to propel the Generals (8-6) to a home CAL win. Henry Eager had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Shawn Kotch had eight points and Hamilton-Wenham led 39-16 at halftime.
Masconomet 57, Pentucket 42: The Chieftains improved to 8-7 on the season with Ryan Reardon and Alberto Arenaza leading the way with 11 points each. Tighe Van Lenten chipped in 10 for Masconomet, which faces Hamilton-Wenham on Tuesday.
Bishop Fenwick 55, Cristo Rey 50: The Crusaders (6-9) avenged an early season loss to Cristo Rey as Matt Costello scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Fenwick played excellent defense in the second half as Joe Buccheri had 10 points and three steals and Ben Maxner scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds.
Amesbury 60, Ipswich 47: Matt Yeager scored 17 points, including 12 from the free throw line, but Ipswich dipped to 2-13 on the season. Erik Fyrer scored 18 points and added 14 rebounds for the Tigers.
Salem 61, Peabody 49: Christian Dunston scored a team-high 17 points to go with eight assists and four rebounds and Jared Louf-Woods (seven points) grabbed 11 rebounds for Salem (12-3). Peabody (5-10) led by a bucket at the half, but three big shots from downtown by Shaky White helped put the Witches ahead for good. Sophomore forward Bobby Sullivan gave the Tanners a lift off the bench with five points and six rebounds while Jared McCarron led Peabody with 18 points.
dANVERS 70, Marblehead 47: Senior center Dan Connors scored 20 points and grabbed a dozen rebounds as the unbeaten Falcons (14-0) clinched their second straight Northeastern Conference South title. Vinny Clifford hit four 3-pointers en route to finishing with 15 points and Nick Bates had 10 points and nine rebounds while Jake Cawlina had 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Hamilton-Wenham 53, Triton 19: The Generals (10-4) played stifiling defense as Hailey Willis had 12 points and seven steals. Sue Rose had eight points and 10 assists while Catherine Ecker double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Sam Charette had 11 boards to go with her nine points.
Ipswich 65, Amesbury 38: Sophomore Caroline Soucy had a season-high 20 points and had four steals as the Tigers improved to 13-2 on the season. Sophomore Masey Zegarowski had 10 assists and 10 points and Julia Davis added 13 points for Ipswich, who led 34-9 at halftime.
Danvers 55, Marblehaed 42: Senior Kasey Sherry heated up with 23 points for the Falcons, who pulled away after leading by one at the break. Sherry’s monster night included four three pointers as Danvers (9-6) moved within a game of qualifying for the tournament. Delaney Zecha finished with 11 points; Ashley Arnoldy (12 rebounds) had a huge basket after Marblehead cut the lead to two in the fourth quarter and Emily McNulty (nine rebounds) had all nine of her points in the second half.
Mia Bongiorno had a season-high 16 for Marblehead (6-8) while Emily Freedland scored 14 and Grace McGuerin and Maggie Forbes each had a half-dozen rebounds.
Pentucket 44, Masconomet 43 (OT): The Chieftains (11-3) out-rebounded Pentucket 53-38, but fell in overtime to the once-beaten Sachems. Nicole Femino finished with a team-high 14 points and nine rebounds and held Pentucket’s Nicole Viselli to seven points. Claudia Marsh had nine points and 14 rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter. Meg Collins added eight points, five rebounds and three assists.
LYNN cLASSICAL 47, Beverly 37: Kate Silvestri scored nine points while Bridget and Ashley Keaton both finished with eight points for Beverly (5-10).