For much of New Mission’s Division 2 North first-round boys’ basketball bout against No. 16-seed Burlington, the Titans clanked shot after shot off the back rim, sending a harsh sound bouncing off the walls of their small Hyde Park gymnasium. But then, tied at 23 with 4:30 left in the third quarter, New Mission used an 8-2 run to close out the period, opened the fourth quarter on a 8-0 run and cruised to a 48-35 victory on Saturday night.
“We’re the worst home team in the state,” coach Cory McCarthy said. “We play terrible at home because we enjoy the love a little bit too much.”
McCarthy credited a change in pace as the reason behind his offense turning it on as if someone in the jam-packed stands had flipped a switch.
“We always want to speed teams up,” he said. “That starts on defense, challenging every pass and then taking advantage of every opportunity. We’re at our best when the game opens up and we’re defending.”
Senior Fred Rivers (10 points) keyed the Titans’ run at the end of the third quarter, scoring 6 points in the final 3:28 of the period, and senior guard Shaq Murray (20 points) drained consecutive 3-pointers to get the fourth-quarter run started.
Division 3 North
Arlington Catholic 70, Swampscott 50 — Matt Weso led the Cougars with 19 points and 20 rebounds.
NEPSAC Class B
Brooks 67, Beaver Country Day 61 — In overtime, Ikenna Ndugba scored 23 points to lead fifth-seeded Brooks.
Division 1 South
Framingham 4, Franklin 1 — Cory Gorovitz’s two unassisted goals and Ryder Lessing’s power play goal led the Flyers.
Division 1 North
Wilmington 1, Medford 0 — Cody McGowan scored 2:42 into the second overtime, assisted by Luke Foley. Drew Foley made 24 saves for the shutout.
Dexter 2, Groton 1 — Junior Ryan Donato scored a goal and sophomore Kevin Hock scored the game-winner. Senior Pat Fraser made 20 saves for the win.
Division 1 North
Lynn English 54, Billerica 39 — The Bulldogs were led by Makayla Everette (12 points, 13 rebounds) and Diondra Woumn (15 points, including her 1,000th).
Division 2 North
Arlington Catholic 59, Pentucket 35 — Maura Buckley led the Cougars with 17 points, giving her 1,000 for her career.
NEPSAC Class A
Nobles 54, Milton Academy 37 — Nobles improved to 27-0 as sophomore Kate Benzan scored 27 points, including the 1,000th of her career.
Division 1 State
Beverly/Danvers 3, Hingham 2 — In the first period, Nicole Woods scored off an assist from Julia Nearis, and with 37 seconds to play they reversed roles, with Nearis scoring the winner off an assist from Woods.
NEPSAC Division 1
Nobles 5, Tabor 2 — Senior forward Lexie Laing led Nobles (27-0-1) with two goals. Casey Nunnelly made 18 saves as Nobles advanced to the final.