The 20th-ranked Wareham boys’ basketball team nearly dropped the ball on the road against Greater New Bedford Friday night.
Led by senior Darien Fernandez’s 22 second-half points, the Vikings came back from a 24-point deficit early in the third quarter to defeat the Bears, 70-65.
Down, 39-22, after the first half, it seemed as though the Vikings (8-1) were en route to their first loss since the season opener against North Quincy.
Fernandez, who averages a team-leading 19 points and 11 assists per game, managed only 9 points in the first half. Coach Kevin Brogioli said he tried to wake his team up at halftime.
“I told them, ‘This isn’t us. Let’s play the way we’re supposed to play.’ ”
Midway through the third quarter, the Vikings switched to a diamond-plus-one defense and began to control the boards. Senior center Quintin Silveira had a big fourth quarter in the paint, grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds.
Senior guard Sam Brogioli, the coach’s son, hit two big baskets in the third quarter to start the comeback. With under 30 seconds to go in the game, junior Mason Castelos hit a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a comfortable cushion.
The Bears fell to 5-2.
Malden Catholic 66, Catholic Memorial 58 — Lancers senior guards Kyle Sangster and Chris Philpot combined for 35 points. North Quincy 85, Duxbury 46 — Marquis McClendon had 23 points for the Red Raiders.
CASH 53, Fenway 52 — The Chargers picked up their first win of the season, led by Dexter Forrester’s 21 points and 12 rebounds and Jayshaun Edwards’s 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Dorchester 74, Latin Academy 62 — Senior forward Dakari Wornom had 25 points, 25 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the Bears.
Danvers 66, Salem 44 — The No. 5 Falcons moved to 8-0 and were led by seniors Nick Bates (20 points, 16 rebounds) and Danny Connors (11 points, 15 rebounds).
Newton North 71, Framingham 49 — The Tigers (6-2) were paced by sophomore Tommy Moeley’s 25 points.
Wellesley 50, Milton 47— The Raiders were led by senior guard Matt Lawrance’s 22 points.
Somerville 67, Medford 57 — John Luben had 27 points for the Highlanders. Sean Doncaster led the Mustangs in defeat with 21 points.
Boston Latin 59, Wayland 18— Freshman guard Alex Wilson had 14 points for the Wolfpack.
Oliver Ames 45, Sharon 43— The 10th-ranked Tigers (8-0) were led by junior Michaela Lievi with 14 points and six rebounds.
Lynn English 61, Winthrop 33— Junior guard Catherine Stinson had 16 points and six assists for the Bulldogs. Teammate Deondra Wooten added 17 points and five assists.
Newton South 9, Brookline 0 — Sophomore right wing Sean Hart had a hat trick for the Lions.
Xaverian 96, Catholic Memorial 85 — Cole Buckovich scored a 197 in individual diving for the Hawks.
Canton 91, Milford 79 — Katie LeDonne and Amanda Walsh had first-place finishes in the 500 and 200 freestyle, respectively, for the Bulldogs.
Mystic Valley 82, Minuteman 60 — Freshman Christian Kinnon set a school record in the 500 free with a time of 5:34.66 for the Eagles.
East Boston 84, O'Bryant 83 — The Jets sealed their second straight win on the last event, the 400 freestyle relay. Ben Lara, Mateo Galeano, Pamela Sepulveda, and Jasmine Nijjar combined for a time of 4:29.29.
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MIAA’s Basketball Committee met Wednesday and moved a number of Eastern Mass. schools into the Central Mass. tournament for the 2013-14 season.
Among the schools headed to the Central Mass. tournament are Acton-Boxboro, Lincoln-Sudbury, Franklin, and Hopkinton. The entire list had yet to be released by the MIAA but it could contain more than 20 EMass schools.
The moves are part of the MIAA’s normal realignment cycle. But this year an effort was made to balance out the North, South, Central, and Western sectionals.
The move for EMass schools doesn’t affect the regular season or league races. But it does mean those schools are no longer eligible to play at TD Garden in the EMass finals. Last year’s CMass/WMass state semifinals were held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.Bob Holmes of the Globe staff contributed to this report. For more scores and highlights, go to Boston.com/schools.