WOBURN — The Watertown boys’ basketball team has struggled this season after winning the Division 3 North sectional title last year, but with senior guard Julio Fulcar back to compliment star center John Korte, the Raiders are still a contender.
Fulcar, who returned earlier this month from a hamstring injury, provided 14 points, 5 assists, and a game-high 7 steals to lead Watertown’s stellar defensive effort in a 61-57 road win over Middlesex League foe Woburn on Tuesday night.
“Julio was the difference on defense for us,” said Watertown coach Steve Harrington.
“We decided to match up to [Woburn] with our zone and force guys to make shots. We have a big guy in the middle who makes it very difficult to get to the rim.”
While Fulcar pressured the perimeter, reigning Middlesex Freedom League MVP John Korte anchored the paint for Watertown with 19 points and 15 rebounds.
With Watertown playing a 2-3 zone, Woburn (11-4, 8-3) fell in love with the 3-point shot early.
The Tanners’ first five field goals came from beyond the arc, but then they went cold, missing seven consecutive long-range attempts during a 6-minute scoreless drought to fall behind, 25-15, late in the second quarter.
Watertown (9-5, 6-5 Middlesex League) used key 3-pointers to pull away in the second half, as freshman Gabe Spinelli (10 points) nailed consecutive triples and reserve Robert Danielian hit a corner three, all of which came off feeds from Fulcar.
“I do feel like I’m getting the rust off but it’s still a work in progress,” Fulcar said about coming back from a lingering hamstring issue.
“We’re just buckling down and taking it one game at a time. This win feels good. We were due for a performance like this.”
For Harrington’s group, a win over one of the top teams in the Middlesex League could mark a turning point as they look to defend their Freedom League title and make another run in the state tournament.
“We’ve been struggling a bit recently, but we’re figuring out how to play together as a team,” said Harrington.
“It’s a bit of a grind with us, but hopefully we’re back to the team that [won the Freedom League] last year.”
Catholic Memorial 72, BC High 65 — The Knights’ depth was simply too overpowering as the eighth-ranked CM prevailed to secure first place in the Catholic Conference.
“Typical Catholic Conference game,” Catholic Memorial coach Denis Tobin said. “We’d get ahead, they’d make a run, we’d make a run. We got the last run.”
Kani Glover (20 points) was Catholic Memorial’s main source of offense.
Tech Boston 82, O'Bryant 70 — Senior Walter Dew-Hollis led the Bears (11-0) with 27 points, while senior Maurice Works added 20.
Winchester 64, Melrose 52 — With 20 points, senior guard Liam Fitzpatrick paced the Sachems (10-5).
Arlington 65, Burlington 52 — The Spy Ponders (12-1) were led by forward James Gascoigne (16 points, 11 rebounds).
Mystic Valley 86, Minuteman 46 — Sophomore guard Alfie Tsang (25 points, 10 rebounds) led the Eagles as they qualified for the state tournament for the 11th year in a row.
Lynn Classical 57, Malden 55 — Junior guard Jaylen Johnson went coast-to-coast, laying in a buzzer-beating layup in the fourth quarter to lift the Rams (10-3).
North Reading 68, Rockport 48 — Senior forward Colin Boucher led the Hornets (5-8) with 19 points over the 3-8 Vikings.
Rockland 88, East Bridgewater 56 — Senior Zach Sharland led the Bulldogs (12-2, 10-0) with 31 points.
Canton 62, Oliver Ames 50 — Junior guard Devin Foster led the Bulldogs (12-2) with 27 points.
Marblehead 72, Winthrop 49 — Senior captain forward Derek Marino carried the Magicians (8-5) with 25 points.
Whitman-Hanson 70, Scituate 63 — Senior Josh Genereux scored 18 points and senior captain Sean Leahy added 17 to lift the Panthers (9-4, 7-2) in a Patriot League matchup.
Hamilton-Wenham 66, Newburyport 50 — Senior guard Jake Lancini led the Generals (11-2) with 23 points.
Foxborough 62, Attleboro 58 — Senior guard Joe Morrison (19 points) and senior forward Bobby Harrison (15 points) paced the Warriors (12-3). Senior guard Matt Rongione (14 points) and sophomore guard Brandon Borde (10 points) contributed in the win.
Beverly 76, Somerville 70 — Sophomore forward Duncan Moreland scored 16 points and added 14 rebounds for the Panthers (10-3), while sophomore center Jack Crowley had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the win.
Needham 68, Framingham 57— Senior Will Cooper led the Rockets (11-1) with 20 points and six rebounds.
Peabody 59, Salem 53 — Junior Chris Canela had 16 points and six rebounds for the Tanners (8-5) at home.
Matignon 57, Tewksbury 56 — Senior forward Jarret Byrne recorded 20 points for the Warriors (10-2) on the road.
Marlborough 45, Fitchburg 20— Chris Doherty scored 16 points to lead the No. 3 Panthers (12-2, 5-2 Mid-Wach B) past the Red Raiders (1-12, 0-6).
Wellesley 64, Walpole 53 — In a matchup between two of the top teams in the Bay State Conference, the Raiders (10-3) topped Walpole (12-3).
Walpole came into the game with a huge size advantage, something they looked to capitalize on from the opening tip. Running a crisp pick-and-roll, usually between sophomore guard Sydney Scales and junior forward Jill White, Walpole dominated the paint to start the first half. White, who finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds, scored 17 of her points in the opening two frames.
Belmont 59, Wakefield 42 — Junior center Jess Giorgio led the No. 5 Marauders (12-1) with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Stoughton 47, Franklin 36— Aliyah Wright led the Knights (5-7, 4-5) with 17 points. Jordan Motley added 11 points and nine rebounds.
Reading 59, Stoneham 31 — Junior guard Haley Lightbody led the way with 22 points for the Rockets (7-6).
Mystic Valley 63, Minuteman 32 — Freshman point guard Kate Story led the Eagles (12-2) with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Franklin 63, Sharon 40 — Sophomore Ali Brigham scored 18 points to lead the Panthers (10-5).
Saugus 52, Medford 36— Sophomore guard Taylor Bogdanski led the Sachems (7-6) with 15 points.
Scituate 48, Whitman-Hanson 44 — Junior Jaycie Rojik led the Sailors (9-6, 8-2) with 19 points.
Bishop Feehan 63, Brockton 50 — Senior Anna Shaughnessy scored 23 points for the Shamrocks (10-2) on the road.
Melrose 46, Winchester 26 — Freshman Sam Dewey had 21 points for the Red Raiders (10-3) at home.
Archbishop Williams 71, Austin Prep 54 — The Bishops (12-1) were led by Monica Spain, who scored 17 points.
Needham 71, Framingham 32 — Freshman forward Caroline Klemm led the Rockets (10-4) with 16 points.
Lynn Classical 53, Malden 18 — Senior forward Irianis Delgado netted 19 points for the Rams (14-1).
Revere 58, Lynn English 47 — Senior Valentina Pepic dropped 23 points for the Patriots (9-3) at home.
Foxborough 67, Attleboro 37 — Senior guard Ashley Sampson led the Warriors (12-1) with 18 points.
Matignon 65, Rockport 34 — The undefeated Warriors (10-0) were led by junior forwards and sisters Katty Haidul (13 points) and Korine Haidul (10 points). Senior forward Lauren Lividoti added 10 points.
Medfield 70, Holliston 42 — Senior Maggie McCarthy recorded a quadruple-double for the Warriors (12-3) with 28 points, 14 rebounds, 11 steals, and 10 assists.
Brockton 93, New Bedford 90 — The Boxers won the Big Three title for the first time since 2008.
The cross-country season has been idle for nearly two months, but Natick junior Grace Connolly continues to rack up the honors. Connolly has repeated as the state’s Gatorate Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year, the first athlete in the Bay State to go back-to-back since Peabody’s Caroline Rocha (2011-2012). The Globe’s D1 Runner of the Year, Connolly won EMass. Division 2 and All-State titles. She is also the defending state champion in the 2-mile, both indoors and outdoors.
“Grace is a great runner,” said Chris Van Cott, coach at Bay State Conference rival Needham. “Ever since her freshman year, she’s been fearless in competition.”
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