With 3:05 remaining, the ball swung to North Quincy junior guard Solomon Umoren in the left corner, right in front of the Red Raiders’ bench.
Umoren looked up, saw the shot clock winding down, and launched a fade-away 3-pointer. His jumper ripped through the net as he landed in coach Kevin Barrett’s lap, sending the standing-room-only crowd into a frenzy.
Umoren’s three gave North Quincy a 54-46 lead over crosstown-rival Quincy and the host Red Raiders never looked back, holding on for a 65-56 victory in the Division 1 South quarterfinals and avenging their Feb. 14 loss to the Presidents.
“You have to make shots at this point in the season,” Barrett said. “For 32 minutes, it was our effort and our energy. Rather than wait to be attacked, we were the aggressors and we attacked them.”
If Umoren’s shot sealed the deal, it was senior forward Efthim Butka’s series of triples that put North Quincy in position to take its largest lead in the fourth. Butka (game-high 23 points) found the bottom of the net five times from 3-point land, mostly off screen-and-rolls with fellow senior Kyle Richardson.
“I was feeling it. They were giving me the deep three, so I just stepped into it off the pick,” Butka said. “It came from the defense first, and then the offense just came to me. That was the beauty of it all.”
The 9-point difference is not indicative of the back-and-forth that occurred for much of the game. Senior Christian Callahan (20 points, 12 rebounds) was relentless driving to the rim and hitting the offensive glass for Quincy .
North Quincy will face Newton North in the semifinals Tuesday at UMass-Boston.
Newton North 46, Needham 42 — Senior captain Jack Boucher provided the offense for the Tigers, scoring 21 points.
Catholic Memorial 85, BC High 73 — Sophomore guard Kellan Grady poured in 32 points to help the top-ranked Knights advance.
Division 1 North
St. John’s Prep 74, Lowell 67 — The No. 11 Eagles were led by Ben Judson (20 points) and Mike Disson (13 points, nine rebounds).
Everett 66, Somerville 51 — Junior Gary Clark had 17 points as the Crimson Tide stormed back from a 10-point halftime deficit to win.
Division 2 South
Walpole 50, Westwood 46 — Senior Ryan Fogarty scored 16 points, including a layup that gave the Rebels the lead with 35 seconds left.
Division 4 North
St. Clement 71, Lowell Catholic 54 — Junior Eamonn Joyce powered the Anchormen with 30 points and 12 rebounds.
Division 1 Central
Westford 43, Acton-Boxboro 31 — Senior forward Samantha Hyslip led the Grey Ghosts with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Franklin 48, Wachusett 44 — Junior guard Julianne Pisani led the Panthers with 22 points.
Division 3 North
St. Mary’s 80, Charlestown 41 — Senior guard Jennie Mucciarone lead the top-seeded Spartans (20-2) with 19 points.
Manchester Essex 51, South Boston 40 — Sabrina Pallazola and Sydney Christopher led the Hornets with 16 points each.
Division 3 South
Ursuline 39, Abington 26 — Junior center Morgan O'Donnell scored 11 points and had 18 rebounds in the Bears’ victory.
Archbishop Williams 67, Hanover 38 — Junior Alana Gilmer led the Bishops with 25 points.
Division 4 North
Pope John 64, St. Joseph’s Prep 40 — Gianni Hill had 29 points in leading the Tigers to the semifinals for the first time in school history.
Division 2 North
Marblehead 4, North Reading 1 — Senior winger Eric Powers scored two goals and goaltender Miles Barry had 10 saves for the Magicians.
Division 1 State
Duxbury 5, Lincoln-Sudbury 0 — Junior forward Marissa Fichter scored two goals to lead the fifth-ranked Dragons.
Division 2 State
Wellesley 6, Shawsheen 0 — Sophomore center Carly Boyle potted three goals and added an assist for the Raiders.