BC High basketball wraps up Division 1 quarterfinal home schedule with jam session

As BC High fans lifted the roof – a common practice after highlight games this season – the Eagles had finally delivered the necessary punch to hold off a valiant effort to visit Central Catholic and secure a 75-62 win. in Division 1 on Saturday afternoon. quarter-final match.

The top-seeded Eagles (23-0) will advance to face Springfield Central in the state semifinals.

“It was an incredible moment and the gym was electric as always,” said Doyle, who finished with 12 points, 6 blocks and 4 rebounds. “Coach [Bill Loughnane] sat us down right before and just told us to shut up the last two minutes. It almost brings tears to my eyes thinking that this is the last time I will play here.

BC High won by double digits for the 16th straight game, but received all it could handle from the visiting Raiders.

BC High led 55-45 with 6:30 to play when Mahari Guerrier scored six and Doyle scored a triple. Central’s Marcus Rivera (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Xavier McKenzie responded with 3 points before the Eagles finally put it away with dunks from Doyle and Loughnane.

“Central are a good team and they fought hard,” Bill Loughnane said. “We tried to stay the course, get a few outs and play defense. A lot of people supported us. »

His eldest son had a team-high 25, Greg Cooper added 12 and Guerrier scored 11 of his 13 in the fourth. The trio all made big moves in the second half to never let Central come within two possessions.

The No.9 center (16-6) fell behind in the second quarter as the Eagles turned a 17-17 game into a 36-26 halftime lead. The Raiders never recovered.

Senior guard Xavier McKenzie ended his stellar career with 25 points. After Loughnane’s dunk, central coach Mark Dunham called a time out and replaced McKenzie. He was greeted with a standing ovation as he collapsed on the bench.

“It’s hard to talk about X,” Dunham said of the four-year starter. “When the coach [John] Walsh left two years ago, Xavier called me and said I wanted you to coach me. What he means for the culture we’re trying to build is everything you expect from a player and a kid. I have two daughters and I pray to God that they end up with a child like Xavier McKenzie.

A four-year starter, Central Catholic senior Xavier Mckenzie (12) capped his career with a 25-point night against BC High on Saturday night. Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe
BC High senior Greg Cooper (3) drives the ball to the basket in the third quarter of Saturday’s Division One quarter-final at Dorchester.Nathan Klima for the Boston Globe

Division 1 State

Andover 75, Wachusett 36 — Late in the first half, junior guard Ryan MacLellan threw an alley-oop from the board to 6-foot-9 senior Aidan Cammann to give the third-seeded Warriors (21-2) a lead 31-18, generating a roar from the crowd. at Dunn’s Gym. That momentum continued on a dominant 44-16 run in the final 16 minutes of the quarter-final victory.

Cammann (20 points) and 6-7 front row partner Logan Satlow (21 points) were unstoppable in the paint at both ends of the court. Wachusett simply didn’t have a big capable of checking either, let alone both. The duo combined for 41 of Andover’s 75 points.

“It’s a privilege to play with [Satlow]Cammann said, “We feed off each other, I don’t know if there’s anyone in the state who has two big ones like that, that’s the best.”

Junior Anthony Zingarella led No. 11 Wachusett (18-5) with 11 points.

Offensive production was solid, but Andover coach Dave Fazio was more impressed with his team’s defense. “Our defense has been incredible all year,” he said. “We just have to keep it going.”

Newton North 66, Needham 55 — The third-seeded Tigers (20-3) cut their home gym nets after falling away in the second half from Bay State Conference rival Needham (17-6) in front of a full house.

Will Davis and Jose Padilla had 17 points each and Marat Belhouchet added 15 as North opened up a 53-35 lead midway through the fourth before a late Needham 3-point barrage made it interesting in the last minute.

Newton North advances to face No. 2 Andover for the third time in the state semifinals on Wednesday (7:15 p.m.) at Woburn High. The two teams have shared the two previous meetings.

“I’m really happy with my guys,” said Newton North coach Paul Connolly. “They’ve been great all year and to get to this point is great. Needham are a great team and I have a lot of respect for them and all of their players.

Despite 13 turnovers in the first 16 minutes, Newton North took a 22-18 halftime lead. The Tigers cleaned up mistakes in the second half and used the 6-foot-8 Davis, who scored 15 points in the second frame and proved to be a mismatch down the bottom.

Belhouchet and Padilla each had a pair of hat-tricks and Florian Kuechen (12 points) completed Davis at the post. The Tigers defense kept Needham under 40 points until the final minutes of the game.

“I think our defense was huge and when we keep a team in the 50s we should be good,” Padilla said. “Will was huge tonight. He can get a bucket whenever he wants. We trust him and he can also make us open shots.

Division 3 State

Norton 59, Old Rochester 39 — Senior guard Justin Marando scored 25 of his game-high 28 points over the past two quarters to propel the fourth-seeded Lancers (18-5) to victory in the quarterfinals of the State against the 12th seeded Bulldogs (16-7) at Wheaton College. Norton will face top-seeded St. Mary’s on Tuesday night at Woburn High in the semifinals, the program’s first trip since 1989.

Saint Joseph Prep earned a Final Four banner and a trip to the Division 4 semi-finals after their victory over TechBoston.Vitoria Poejo

Division 4 State

St. Joseph Prep 69, Burke 64 — Trailing through the opening 24 minutes, sixth-seeded Phoenix (21-1) rallied with a 23-point fourth quarter to overtake No. 3 Burke (15-4) in the quarterfinals at Madison Park.

“At halftime we told them that the third quarter has always been our quarter all year, and so we came out with energy and we knew we could play it,” Saint Joseph coach said. Prep, Kyle Callanan.

Sophomore Nate Robertson (16 points) provided a spark in the third quarter.

“He had defence, rebounds and goals,” added the coach. “He did it all, and he was our star.”

In the first minute of the fourth quarter, the Phoenix took the lead for the first time, 50-47, and Kendric Davila-Diaz (12 points) hit a 3 to push the lead to four with 4:30 left. make. SJP will face Snowden in the national semi-finals. Sophomore Nahkeem beat Burke with 24 points and Ramsey Checo had 14.

Vitoria Poejo reported from Madison Park and Maxwell Smith from Andover. Doherty also reported from Newton North. Colin Bannen and Steven Sousa contributed.

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