Unranked North Andover earned a big home victory, rallying from a 7-point halftime deficit to upset fourth-ranked East Boston, 52-43, last night in boys’ basketball.
“We needed to take care of the ball,’’ said Scarlet Knights coach Mike McVeigh, whose squad is 8-1. “Eastie’s been forcing teams to 30 turnovers and we beat their pressure. It was a big win.’’
East Boston (7-3) led at the half, 27-20, but an early 11-3 run had the Scarlet Knights jogging to their bench with a 39-38 lead to start the fourth. Good transition play and a 3-pointer by 6-foot-6-inch junior Isaiah Nelson helped North Andover finish the game on a 6-0 run.
“They like to run but so do we, so we kept running and stayed confident the whole time,’’ said senior captain Nick Karalis.
The 6-3 guard finished with 8 points and Nelson finished with 16 points.
CASH 67, Fenway 49 - Sophomore guard Lamount Heyward had a game-high 21 points and nine assists for CASH.
O’Bryant 66, South Boston 61 - Jared Butler (19 points, 13 rebounds) and Wesley Ogbevoen (11 points) led the Tigers (3-6) to their second straight victory.
Wakefield 73, Medford 55 - Freshman guard Bruce Brown had 24 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals for the Wildcats (7-3).
Bishop Feehan 53, Durfee 50 - Bishop Feehan (10-1) qualified for the state tournament.
Silver Lake 65, Bridgewater-Raynham 60 - Junior forward Zack Toneloo had a game-high 24 points for the Lakers (5-6).
Somerville 77, Malden 59 - Junior John Leubin had 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Highlanders.
Hingham 45, Plymouth North 39 - Eddie Bowler had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Harbormen.
Case 65, Bishop Connolly 62 - Senior Andrew Kenyon scored 23 points for the Cougars (5-6).
Hull 48, South Shore Christian 15 - The Pirates were led by Lauren Geary (11 points, 7 rebounds), Ashleigh Dunn (8 points), and Katie Manning (8 points, 5 rebounds).
Silver Lake 58, Bridgewater-Raynham 35 - Senior Courtney Yost led Silver Lake (4-3) with 22 points.
Xaverian 1, BC High 1 - Hawks sophomore Matt Michals had 24 saves.
Braintree 4, Weymouth 2 - Junior forward Matt Coose had two goals for the Wamps (6-2-2).
Hingham 4, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 0 - James Gordon had two goals and two assists for the Harbormen (10-2).
Acton-Boxboro 6, Lincoln-Sudbury 1 - Tyler McKelvie potted two goals and had a pair of assists, Mike Berkley scored twice, and Andrew Loblondo turned away 22 shots for the Colonials (5-4-1).
Chelmsford 6, Concord-Carlisle 2 - Junior left wing Drew Dawson had three goals and an assist for the Lions (7-3).
North Andover 6, Beverly 1 - Junior forward Jake Filk and senior forward Rick O’Connor had two goals apiece for the Scarlet Knights (7-2-2).
Canton 3, North Attleboro 0 - Junior goalie Rich Nee had 15 saves for the Bulldogs (8-1).
Attleboro 4, Stoughton 1 - Junior linemates Zack Dragun and Ryan Holske notched two goals and two assists each for the Bombardiers (2-5-2).
Silver Lake 9, Quincy 4 - Matt Koch had three goals and an assist for the Lakers (4-4-3).
Saugus 6, Bishop Fenwick 0 - Senior Kurt Rodriguez had four goals and Drew Oxley had four assists for the Sachems (7-3-1).
Everett 10, O’Bryant 2 - Seniors Christopher Brienza and C.J. Sylvester scored their first varsity goals for the Crimson Tide (7-3-1).
Lynn 4, Somerville 0 - Junior Mike Gately (shutout) and freshman forward Mark Brazell (two goals) paced the Bulldogs (5-4-1).
Norwood 6, Walpole 0 - Sophomore Trent Galvin had two goals and one assist for the Mustangs (8-2-2).
Acton-Boxboro 3, Andover 1 - Annie Meffuri scored the winner on a power play with 11:53 left for the fourth-ranked Colonials (9-0-1).
Arlington Catholic 1, Ursuline 1 - Senior Katie Waitt scored for the host No. 2 Cougars (11-0-1).
Archbishop Williams 5, Mt. St. Joseph 0 - Freshman Kiera Dwyer scored a hat trick and sister, Erin, a junior captain, had three assists for the Bishops (7-4).
Wellesley 4, Natick 0 - Molly Connolly had two goals and one assist for the Raiders (5-2-1).
The MIAA Board of Directors yesterday voted to allow Chatham and Harwich student-athletes to play as Monomy Regional this fall, one year before the two Cape Cod schools officially merge. Chatham and Harwich will merge starting in 2013-14, but the schools asked the MIAA for permission to play together a year early. Board chairman and Case principal Brian McCann lauded the idea, and then the board unanimously agreed.