After closing out the second quarter strong, the Lincoln-Sudbury Warriors outscored Doherty, 18-5, in the third en route to a 66-52 Division 1 Central win on their home floor Monday.
The contest was the first time an Eastern Mass. team played in a Central Mass. sectional tournament game after the MIAA’s realignment.
Lincoln-Sudbury’s patient and balanced offense used motion to wear down Doherty, while coach Paul Rouse’s team simultaneously shut off the paint on its defensive end.
“The goal in the second half was to make them play defense by executing our offense for a longer period of time,” Rouse said. “We figured that would tire them out, get them in more foul trouble and, as long as we scored, we could pull away.”
Sophomore James Mortimer (18 points) keyed Lincoln-Sudbury’s burst in the third quarter, scoring 8 points with two 3-pointers.
“They would over-help on our point guards and it was just a catch-and-shoot every time. It was pretty simple,” said Mortimer, a 6-foot-4-inch forward who also helped protect the rim.
“Coach doesn’t appreciate it too much, but I always like swatting balls into the stands and getting the crowd into it.”
Seniors Robby Katz and Sam Casey also came up huge for Lincoln-Sudbury, scoring 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Warriors led by as many as 21 points in the fourth quarter, until Doherty’s Youssef Fodaile went on a 9-0 run by himself.
Fodaile finished with a game-high 26 points, but after he fouled out with 1:40 remaining, it was all but over for the Highlanders.
It was no coincidence the Warriors opened up a huge third-quarter lead as Fodaile went scoreless in the period.
Burncoat 57, Westford 44 — Zehmier Brown had 18 points to lead the host Patriots (14-7) past the Grey Ghosts (10-11).
Worcester South 65, Acton-Boxboro 49— Nate Mensah scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, while KC Cunningham had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists as the Colonels (12-9) topped the host Colonials (11-10).
Division 1 South
Durfee 67, Bridgewater-Raynham 63 — Junior Tyree Robinson scored 28 points and classmate Melvin McWhorter chipped in with 16 points for the Hilltoppers.
Division 2 North
Woburn 66, Melrose 59 — The fifth-seeded Tanners (16-5) advanced behind 18 points from junior Jimmy McRae, 17 points from senior Andrew Murphy, and 14 points from sophomore Mat Catizone.
Marblehead 68, Chelsea 42 — Junior guards Spencer Craig (14 points) and Cian Saunders (10 points) helped lead the host Magicians (12-9).
Division 1 South
Bishop Feehan 87, Wellesley 61 — Maddie Jolin had 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists and Lauren Manis added 19 points to lift the Shamrocks.
Division 4 North
Matignon 47, Austin Prep 42 — The Warriors (8-13) were led by sophomore Natalie McAllister (13 points), junior Francesca Pinard (9 points), and junior Megan Brown (8 points).
Division 4 West
Division 1 North
Waltham 2, Westford 1 — Ben Macewen set up Kevin Shaw with 2:32 left in the third for the winning goal. Macewen also scored the first goal, while Shamus Egan made 36 saves. Cam McDonald scored the Grey Ghosts’ lone goal.
Division 3 South
Abington 6, Attleboro 2 — Jake Quinlan scored four goals as the Green Wave advanced to face top-seeded Cape Cod Tech.