Senior forward John Berchoff sank a layup at the buzzer as visiting Beverly knocked off No. 10 Lynn English, 78-77, completing the Panthers’ comeback for a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit Friday.
“We beat them here last year at the buzzer in the same situation,” Beverly coach Scott Lewis said.
Lynn English took the lead with 9.4 seconds left when senior guard Freddy Hogan drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key for a 77-76 lead. Lewis opted not to call timeout, trying to catch the Bulldogs’ full-court press off guard. But Beverly lost control of the ball, a scrum followed, and the final buzzer sounded.
But as the Bulldogs celebrated on the court, a referee raced to the scorer’s table to signal that Lewis had called time with 0.8 seconds left, giving the Panthers one last chance.
For the inbounds play underneath the basket, Lewis drew up a “simple underneath screen and roll and they ran it to perfection,” leaving Berchoff wide open.
Beverly senior Nick Cross finished with 23 points to lead all scorers, followed by Berchoff and senior guard Chris Sinclair with 13 points apiece.
The upset victory is the third straight for Beverly (11-7). The Panthers defeated Lynn Classical on Sunday and knocked off No. 16 Salem on Tuesday.
The win also clinched a berth to the Division 3 state tournament.
Hamilton-Wenham 56, Masconomet 48 — Freshman Marcus Zegarowski (17 points) and senior Henry Eagar (22 points) lifted the Generals (14-2) to the Cape Ann League Large title. Jake Rudolph scored 17 points in the loss.
St. Clement 73, Lowell Catholic 54 — Junior Eamon Joyce (23 points, 15 rebounds), senior Brandon Williams (16 points, 10 assists), and senior Chaneil Bruce (16 points, 10 rebounds) led the Anchormen (15-1).
Chelmsford 85, Dracut 71 — Mike Calicchio had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Lions, who won despite 41 points from the Middies’ Dan Zabbo.
Dorchester 79, Boston English 54 — Khail Newson had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 19 Bears (13-4).
Mansfield 73, Taunton 57 — Junior Michael Boen scored 24 points and senior Rocky DeAndrade added 19 to lead the No. 6 Hornets (18-1).
Everett 66, Somerville 58 — Sophomore guard Ernie Chatman netted a game-high 23 points and senior guard Lubern Figaro added 21 points to steer the seventh-ranked Crimson (12-2).
Ashland 67, Millis 53 — Senior forward Joe Byrnes scored 22 points to spark the No. 14 Clockers (17-0).
Whitman-Hanson 64, Duxbury 48 — Senior Cory Cocchi scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Panthers (13-3).
Canton 97, Sharon 71 — Senior Sam Larson poured in a game-high 35 points to lift the Bulldogs (10-7).
St. Mary’s 57, Archbishop Williams 42 — The Spartans improved to 14-3 with the help of junior forwards Curtis Lockett (17 points) and Phil Gerraud (12 points).
Burke 79, CASH 58 — Freshman Jonathan Casseus (17 points) and sophomore Damonte Turner (14 points) paced the Bulldogs (7-8).
Latin Academy 41, O'Bryant 34 — Junior Rayshawn Miller and senior DeVaughn Riley each scored 11 points to help the Dragons (10-7) qualify for the state tournament.
Blue Hills 66, Diman 49 — Senior guard Margarita Delaporta scored 27 points to eclipse the 1,000-point mark and lift the Warriors (15-0). Senior forward Sinead Dacko added 16 points.
Braintree 62, Framingham 19 — Junior forward Molly Reagan led the No. 2 Wamps (15-1) with 16 points.
Lynn English 78, Beverly 46 — Diondra Woumn had 24 points and five steals for the No. 3 Bulldogs (17-0).
Duxbury 53, Whitman-Hanson 29 — Juniors Catherine Harrison (17 points) and Maddie Foote (15 points) led the No. 12 Dragons (15-0).