Greater Lowell, the reigning Commonwealth Athletic Conference boys’ basketball champion, defeated host Greater New Bedford, 82-65, Friday to claim the Vocational Championship.
The third-seeded Gryphons (17-5) were led by junior guards Angelo Pilato (22 points and four rebounds) and Gbah Dualu (22 points, 8 steals, and 2 assists) in a field of four teams that included second-seeded Greater Lawrence and fourth-seeded Assabet Valley.
The 5-foot-5-inch Dualu, the target of a box-and-one defensive scheme by the Bears, sparked the Gryphons to a 25-10 first-quarter lead after scoring their first 7 points.
“They weren’t ready for us. We were just very quick and we took advantage of their defensive scheme and forced them to switch to a 2-3 zone early in the game,” said Greater Lowell coach Joe Kane.
Junior Ian Kirumira finished with 20 points, 3 assists, and 6 rebounds.
The Gryphons face off against Oakmont at Greater Lowell at 7 on Tuesday in the Division 3 Central Tournament.
Middlesex 79, Concord Academy 59 — Senior forward and cocaptain Jon Sui scored 22 points to lead the Zebras (18-5).
St. Sebastian’s 58, St. Paul’s 53 — Senior guard Jordan Byrdie sank four consecutive free throws to seal the victory for the Arrows.
Beaver Country Day 81, Pingree 64 — Senior Jeff Spellman led the Beavers (21-1) to their fifth consecutive Eastern Independent League championship with 31 points.
Braintree 3, Catholic Memorial 0 — The Wamps scored three goals in the third period and senior goalie Nick Anson had 15 saves for the shutout.
Winchester 5, Hamden (Conn.) 0 — Senior Danny Marx led the Sachems with two goals.
Medford 5, St. Joseph’s Prep 0 — Senior center Brittani Lanzilli notched a hat trick to power the Mustangs (9-9-1).
BB&N 5, Thayer 0 — Freshman Jules Kennedy led the Knights with two goals and junior goaltender Katie Burt recorded her eighth shutout of the season.