An 18-point halftime cushion simply wasn’t enough for Lowell boys’ basketball coach Scott Boyle or his players Friday night against visiting New Bedford.
“We made an emphasis for the second half that we have to come out and play tough,” Boyle said. “That three- or four-minute span in the second half kind of got us going again.”
The Red Raiders scored 11 consecutive points to start the third quarter and outscored the Whalers, 44-8, in the second half en route to a 93-39 blowout.
Twelve players scored and six reached double figures for the Red Raiders (4-0). Kareem Davis and Kevin Brito led the way with 15 each, Dewayne Thomas and Jonathan Perez both had 12, and Ikenna Adigwe and Drew Healy chipped in 10 each.
Quincy Pope led the Whalers (3-1) with 10 points.
The hosts jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the opening three minutes and took a 23-13 lead after the opening stanza. The Red Raiders used suffocating defense (nine steals, six blocks) to build a 49-31 lead at the break.
“We have some length, and when we play fast and use our length we can create some problems,” Boyle said. “We did that a little bit tonight.”
Davis, a sophomore guard, scored all 15 of his points in the first half and dished out eight assists.
“I really thought tonight was the first time all season that [Davis] came out and played the way he is capable of playing,” Boyle said. “The first couple of games he struggled a bit. I thought he did a real good job distributing and shooting the ball when he was open.”
Lowell established itself inside in the third quarter by collecting nine layups, many off transition opportunities. The Whalers struggled to find the basket in the second half, at one point going 9:34 between field goals while the Red Raiders ran off 31 straight points.
O'Bryant 44, Latin Academy 39 — Junior center Ben Lawler scored a game-high 13 points and had 13 rebounds for the Dragons (2-2) in the loss.
Northeast 61, Mystic Valley 58 — Senior Terrance McKoy led the Golden Knights (2-3) with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
Quincy 73, Hanover 53 — Sophomore guard Colin Evans led the Presidents (3-1) with 19 points.
Medfield 68, Dover-Sherborn 66 — Junior center Drew Shea scored 24 points to lead the Big Blue (1-2).
Arlington Catholic 72, St. Mary’s 55 — Senior forward Justin Dall scored 12 points and was 7 for 7 at the free throw line for the Cougars.
Dorchester 70, Madison Park 54 — Senior forward Dakari Wormum led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed 28 rebounds for the Bears (3-1).
Danvers 81, Saugus 51 — Senior Nick McKenna led the Falcons (3-0) with 19 points.
Bedford 76, Boston Latin 69 — Junior guard Allister Williams led all scorers with 22 points.
Bourne 49, Apponequet 39 — Junior Chelsea Doucette netted 18 points and junior Brie Girouard added 15 to lift the Lakers (3-0).
Latin Academy 43, Madison Park 40 — Abigail Ohemeng hit a free throw with 30 seconds left to give the Dragons a 1-point lead, and Catherine Loney iced the game with two foul shots.
Archbishop Williams 70, Austin Prep 26 — Junior Olivia Conrad led the Bishops with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
O'Bryant 74, Burke 23 — Junior forward Raven Kelsey scored a game-high 19 points for the Tigers (4-0) while senior guard Laetitia Dorsinville and senior forward Kiana Daley had 13 points apiece.
North Attleboro 62, Attleboro 49 — Senior forward Meg Ronaghan scored a game-high 20 points for the Red Rocketeers (4-0).
Oliver Ames 63, Canton 26 — Senior forward Caitlyn Abella netted 25 points and grabbed nine boards to lead the Tigers (3-0).
Bishop Feehan 44, Durfee 42 — Sophomore Maddie Jolin led the Shamrocks (2-1) with 12 points.
Peabody 54, Lynn Classical 28 — Tanners coach Jane Heil picked up her 499th win.
St. Joseph’s Prep 4, Bishop Fenwick 0 — Freshman Rose Sullivan recorded her first career hat trick.
O'Bryant 92, Minuteman 68 — Freshman Matthew Cummings finished first in two events during the first win of the season for the Tigers.
Friday was the deadline for schools to notify the MIAA that they plan to appeal their divisional or sectional placement. It’s the first step to implementing the state’s new playoff system that drops the number of divisions from nine to six in EMass. Hearings will be the week of Jan. 7.