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    St. Mary’s boys’ basketball holds off Cardinal Spellman

    Brockton, MA 1-11-18: Cardinal Spellman's Craig Faria (3,right) comes from behind to block a first quarter shot attempt by St. Mary's Jalen Echevarria (1,left). St. Mary's of Lynn visited Cardinal Spellman in a boy's high school basketball game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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    Cardinal Spellman's Craig Faria (3) had the upper hand on this first-quarter block of St. Mary’s guard Jalen Echevarria, who led the Spartans with 29 points in 68-64 victory in Brockton.

    After scoring 21 first-half points in every way imaginable, life wasn’t as easy for Jalen Echevarria in the fourth quarter.

    Cardinal Spellman blanketed him, threw double teams at him and got him out of his rhythm, but Echevarria stayed ready. When the moment came to let it fly, the junior guard didn’t hesitate.

    He buried a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left to put St. Mary’s ahead, 67-63, and seal an eventual 68-64 road win in Brockton. The Spartans (6-1, 4-0) remained undefeated in the Catholic Central Large while handing the Cardinals (5-2, 3-1) their first conference loss of the season.

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    Echevarria finished with a game-high 29 points, but no shot was more pivotal than his last one.

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    “I had been hot the whole game, so if I’m wide open I’m going to shoot it,” Echevarria said. “It felt good coming off my fingertips.”

    The Spartans led at halftime, 37-28, and extended it to 16 points (60-44) entering the fourth quarter. They appeared to be on their way to a breezy win, but the Cardinals had other ideas.

    Led by senior forward Mike Spencer (19 points), Cardinal Spellman ripped off a furious 16-0 run to open the fourth, evening the score at 60 with 2:16 remaining.

    Joseph Abate-Walsh (22 points) buried three free throws seven seconds later to help the Spartains regain the lead, but Echevarria’s 3-point dagger proved to be the difference.

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    “It was nice to see the guys win a tight game, on the road, against a very good basketball team,” said St. Mary’s coach David Brown. “We settled down and we were able to attack the hoop and get to the free throw line.”

    Tech Boston 88, West Roxbury 56 — Walter Hollis had 28 points, Shamar Moore had 20, and Shamar Browder had 16 as the Bears rolled to a blowout win.

    Central Catholic 70, Andover 65 — Sophomore George Smith scored 20 points and junior Kevin Constant had 16 for the Raiders (6-2).

    Old Rochester 80, Greater New Bedford 77 — Senior Bennett Fox put up 24 points for the Bulldogs (7-1).

    Westborough 65, Wayland 62 — Michael Doherty (25 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals) and Matt Doherty (22 points, 7 rebounds) helped the host No. 7 Rangers (6-1) rally from a 17-point deficit to beat the Warriors (0-8).

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    Sandwich 66, St. John Paul II 60 — Eric Conrad (20 points) and Gage Miller (15 points) paced the offense for the Blue Knights (4-5).

    Main South 49, Advanced Math and Science 30 — Rudy Martinez (13 points), Delano Coollick (12 points) and Richard Gomez (11 points) lifted the Cougars (3-5, 3-2 Colonial). Zach Marchese scored 14 points for the host Eagles (3-5, 1-4), while Nick Gopaul collected 7 points and 13 rebounds.

    Girls’ basketball

    Beaver Country Day 69, Winsor 62 — Maddie Mullin piled up 29 points for BCD in the 7-point victory.

    Walpole 67, Weymouth 36 — Senior captain Bridget Lancaster had 12 points and five rebounds for the Rebels.

    Natick 60, Pembroke 49 — Sophomore Brenna McDonald scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds for the Redhawks (7-1).

    Advanced Math and Science 46, Main South 40 — Diana Bibinski scored 19 points and Allison Cash added 13 to help the visiting Eagles (4-3, 3-1 Colonial) edge the Cougars (3-4, 3-2). Main South’s Grace O’Gara led all scorers with 24 points and teammate Tamia Nunes chipped in 10 points.

    Millbury 40, Southbridge 32 — Morgan Cronan scored 8 of her game-high 14 points in the third quarter as part of a 17-3 run to push the visiting No. 6 Woolies (9-0) past the Pioneers (2-9). Kailey Ortiz led Southbridge with 10 points.

    Boys’ hockey

    Burlington 3, Stoneham 2 — Paul Bardieri came up huge for the Red Devils with 42 saves in net.

    Shawsheen 5, Minuteman 2— Senior Matt Irwin had three goals and one assist for the Rams (5-3

    Girls’ hockey

    Shrewsbury 10, Leominster/St. Bernard’s 2 — Grace Felicio earned her first career hat trick to propel the Colonials (7-0, 3-0 Central/West) at Veteran’s Arena in Gardner. Teammate Delaney Couture also had a hat trick, while Malak Rabuck scored her first career goal. Kaylee Doiran and Kaitlyn Bremer were the goal-scorers for the Blue Devils (1-6, 0-2).

    Boys’ swimming

    BC High 102, St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 75 — Senior Dion Holden scored a school-record 271.41 in the 1-meter six-dive for the Pioneers (3-4), who fell to the Eagles in Boston. St. John’s senior John Crowley had wins in the 200 IM (2:15.31) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.5).

    Framingham 94, Brookline 90 — Senior captain Cole Bassett won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyles, and anchored the 200-yard freestyle medley for a come-from-behind win. The Flyers improve to 3-0.

    Reading 90, Malden 80 — Senior Kevin Spear broke the Middlesex League record in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute 58.18 seconds) and tacked on a win in the 100-yard backstroke (57.89 seconds). The Rockets improve to 2-5.

    Girls’ swimming

    Duxbury 98, Hingham 80 — Freshman Eva DeAngelis won the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke, senior Grace Ali won the 100-yard fly. Seniors Mary Buckley (100 and 200-yard freestyle) and Anna Jamison (50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke) were both double winners.

    Boys’ indoor track

    Lynn Classical 50, Salem 36 — Senior Adam Washington qualified for states in the high jump with a 5-foot-9-inch leap. Classmates Sampson Srey (7.5 seconds in 50-meter hurdles), Eli Kalambayi (5.7 seconds in 50-meter dash) and Dajon Wilson (39.7 seconds in the 300-meter dash) also were winners.

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