Through its first six contests, the Wakefield boys’ basketball team averaged 73 points en route to a 6-0 start. Tuesday night against visiting Melrose, the Warriors’ offense was stymied by a swarming Raiders defense.
Boosted by a near triple-double from Frantzdy Pierrot, Melrose (7-0) remained perfect with a 61-44 victory. The Warriors previous season-low had been 68 points.
“I think that’s the best defense we played all year,” said Melrose coach Mike Kasprzak. “We were a little bit different of a team last year. This year, defense sets the table for everything. When we go in bad stretches defensively, then it obviously translates to the other end.”
Pierrot led all players with 28 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and collected 10 steals. The junior captain teamed with senior captain Samual Jean-Gilles (18 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals) to create a suffocating two-way tandem.
The visitors set the tone with a 20-4 run that spanned parts of the first and second quarters, which included 10 points each from the captains.
Wakefield (6-1) was shorthanded with sophomore guard Bruce Brown out with an ankle injury. The situation was compounded when big man Mikol Blake-Green collected three fouls and a technical in a span of 8:20 and was forced to sit the remainder of the contest.
Senior captain Kendall Hamilton led Wakefield with 23 points.
Cambridge 55, Everett 47 — The game was stopped with just over three minutes left and the victory was awarded to the Falcons after a fight broke out among fans, the Herald reported. No players were involved in the fracas.
Mansfield 68, Taunton 62 — Brendan Hill scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards in the No. 4 Hornets’ win over the No. 14 Tigers.
Brighton 69, Madison Park 57 — Nick Simpson led the No. 15 Bengals with 32 points and 10 boards.
Braintree 61, Framingham 60 — Down by 2 points with 11 seconds left, junior guard Keyma Cannon hit a jumper and was fouled, netting the game-winner from the free throw line for the Wamps.
Carver 70, Plymouth South 68 — Sophomore DeVon King scored 13 points for the Crusaders, including the winner at the buzzer. Senior forward Scott Alexander added 26 points off the bench.
Cohasset 64, Monomoy 34 — Senior captain Shane Haggerty scored 37 points, including his 1,000th career point for the Skippers (7-2).
Malden 84, Somerville 51 — Senior forward Rodney Morton scored 41 points for the Golden Tornadoes.
Weymouth 65, Needham 56 — Junior Ryan Jones led the Wildcats with 20 points and 26 rebounds.
Norton 60, Holliston 47 — Forward James Loring scored a career-high 25 points, helping the Lancers improve to 8-0.
Duxbury 72, Scituate 43 — The Dragons blew out the 11th-ranked Sailors (5-1), handing new coach Matt Lewis his first loss of his varsity coaching career.
Duxbury’s Michaela North netted 24 points in the first three quarters and Bridget Quilty added 10.
Before the game, Scituate honored senior captain and point guard Kelly Martin, who scored the 1,000th point of her career Friday against Quincy.
The Dragons often double-teamed Martin, who still scored a team-high 17 points.
Reading 72, Lexington 64 — Olivia Healy’s 27 points and 10 boards led the No. 2 Rockets (7-0) past the previously undefeated Minutewomen.
Andover 70, Haverhill 16 — Senior Devon Caveney scored 15 points for the No. 8 Golden Warriors (6-1).
Lincoln-Sudbury 54, Newton South 45 — Ashley Lutz had 29 points and 21 boards for the No. 15 Warriors.
Mystic Valley 52, Chelsea 26 — Freshman point guard Meghan Foley led the Eagles with 21 points, 10 boards, 10 steals, and 8 assists.
Barnstable 64, Nauset 49 — Sophomore guard Molly Bent scored 42 points, had 8 steals, and added 6 assists for the Red Raiders.
Weston 60, Wayland 34 — Senior captain Saliah Serrette led the Wildcats with 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 blocks.
Catholic Memorial 7, Malden Catholic 4 — Kevin Hock netted four goals to lead the No. 2 Knights (8-1) over the No. 6 Lancers. Ara Nazarian scored two goals for the Lancers, who have lost two in a row.