New Mission senior forward Asante Sandiford opened Tuesday’s Division 2 North quarterfinal matchup with Tewksbury with a layup, but senior guard Kevin Dick answered with a 3-pointer to give the Redmen a 3-2 lead.
But it would be Tewksbury’s only lead of the night as New Mission cruised to a 66-53 win at the Reggie Lewis Center and secured a spot in the Division 2 North semifinals.
“We were happy with the outcome,” New Mission coach Cory McCarthy said. “It’s the state tournament, every game’s going to be close. I know we’ve been wanting to bomb on teams, but it’s not gonna happen. We’re human.”
Senior guard Shaquan Murray and senior forward Fred Rivers each scored 14 points to lead the Titans. Junior guard Randy Glenn chipped in 10 and junior guard Tyrique Lee added 8.
“We’re always together, so we know where each other likes the ball at,” Rivers said. “That probably played a huge part in why everybody was scoring today.”
Tewksbury sophomore guard Nathan Tenaglia sank two free throws to tie the game at 13 to start the second quarter, but strong defense from Glenn, Murray, and Lee allowed the Titans to go up, 27-21, at halftime.
Murray opened the third quarter with a 3-pointer and New Mission’s offense began to fire on all cylinders. Treys by freshman guard Charles Mitchell and Rivers put the Titans on top, 44-31.
Division 1 North
Andover 49, Everett 48 — Connor Merinder scored 16 points and the Golden Warriors (19-4) survived a fourth-quarter Crimson Tide comeback to advance to the sectional final against Central Catholic. Everett (18-5), which trailed, 40-32, after three quarters, was led by Timmance McKinney’s 15 points.
Division 4 North
St. Clement 53, Manchester Essex 48 — Khaneil Bruce netted 24 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the Anchormen.
Division 2 North
Arlington Catholic 55, Bedford 42 — Melissa Rogers (19 points, 6 assists) and Maura Buckley (14 points, 14 rebounds) powered the Cougars.
Division 3 North
St. Mary’s 68, Bishop Fenwick 35 — Brianna Rudolph had 36 points for the top-seeded Spartans (21-2).
Division 4 North
Fenway 62, Mystic Valley 32 — Takora McIntyre (21 points, 6 steals, and 6 assists) and Jalissa Ross (14 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks) led the way.