TAUNTON — Senior co-captain Stevie Kelly scored nine of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to help No. 3 Whitman-Hanson extend its win streak to 22 with a 76-62 victory over No. 4 Scituate in the Division 2 South final Saturday night at Taunton High School.
Whitman-Hanson (24-2) will face North champion Beverly (21-2) in the Div. 2 state semifinal Wednesday (7:15 p.m.) at TD Garden.
“He’s just tough as nails,” Whitman-Hanson coach Bob Rodgers said of Kelly. “He’s just one of the toughest players I’ve ever coached. That fourth quarter was built in September and August and July when he’s in the gym by himself.”
Scituate (21-3) cut its deficit to seven following a layup by sophomore Keegan Sullivan on the Sailors’ opening possession of the final quarter, but Kelly answered by scoring on three of the Panthers’ next four possessions.
The highlight of the sequence was a give-and-go with junior Cole Levangie (13 points, 8 assists) that ended with Kelly making a layup and drawing a foul. He sank the free throw and stretched Whitman-Hanson’s lead to 68-54 while “MVP!” chants rained down from the Panthers faithful with 4:50 remaining.
Junior Nate Amado scored a team-high 22 points for the Panthers. Senior Nate Lopes led the Sailors with a game-high 23 points.
Burke 64, Norton 52 — The moment wasn’t too big for Burke’s first-year point guard.
Playing in his first Division 3 South championship, junior Joshua Roseboro scored a game-high 20 points to propel the sixth-seeded Bulldogs past the No. 4 Lancers.
Burke (17-7) will meet North champion St. Mary’s (23-2) in the Div. 3 state semifinal Wednesday (3:45 p.m.) at TD Garden. Norton finishes 19-5.
“He’s grown throughout the whole year,” Burke coach Sean Ryan said of Roseboro, who transferred to Burke from Edward M. Kennedy Academy. “Early on, he was just an average player but all of a sudden, in probably the last 10 games, he’s been a total difference maker.”
Roseboro scored 8 points in the second quarter, helping the Bulldogs settle into the game after they committed eight turnovers in the opening frame. After trailing 20-11 after one, Burke went into halftime with a 30-24 advantage.
“That’s my job as the point guard — I’ve got to slow everything down and do what I do,” Roseboro said. “I had to run my part of the game.”
Sophomore forward Ethan Daleba added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bulldogs. Senior Michael Belcher scored a team-high 16 points for the Lancers, 14 of which came after halftime.
Abington 85, Cape Cod Academy 81 — Sophomore Tommy Fanara made a game-changing block in the final seconds to lift the No. 4 seed Green Wave over the No. 11 Seahawks in the Division 4 South championship.
The Green Wave (21-5) led by as many as 16 points late in the third quarter before the Seahawks (15-9) battled back, eventually cutting Abington’s lead to 83-81 with 15.8 seconds left. After a defensive stop, CCA advanced the ball to junior Andrew Jones in the frontcourt with 10 seconds remaining.
Jones launched a 3-pointer from the wing, but Fanara cut across the floor and deflected it with his left hand. Abington sophomore Antwonne Graham Jr. caught the ball short of the basket and was quickly fouled. Graham sank two free throws with 4.5 seconds remaining to seal a second sectional title in as many years for the Green Wave.
“I saw them pushing the ball to [James] and I was like, ‘I’m leaping for it,’” Fanara said of the block. “I took a leap and got my fingers on it. As soon as I hit the ball, it was over. I knew that was game.”
Abington will meet North champion Snowden (18-4) in the Div. 4 state semifinal Tuesday (3:45 p.m.) at TD Garden.
Fanara (21 points) and Graham Jr. (20 points) both came up big for the Green Wave, who were led by junior Matt Maguire (24 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks). CCA sophomore Jaeden Greenleaf scored a game-high 26 points.