As the 12th-ranked Central Catholic boys’ basketball team’s midcourt shot misfired at the buzzer Sunday night, No. 15 Bridgewater-Raynham erupted into celebration knowing the importance of its 60-59 victory in the BABC Holiday Classic at Cathedral High School.
“I told the guys ‘[Central Catholic] is a storied program and they would play tough fullcourt defense.’ This is a huge victory for us over a great program, coach, and some tough kids all around,” said Bridgewater-Raynham coach Doug Alves.
Late in the game, the Trojans (9-1) leaned heavily on senior leadership. Bobby Long finished with 14 points but there was no shot bigger than his contested jumper that gave B-R the lead, 59-57, with 49 seconds to go.
Central Catholic (6-1) got multiple chances at the rim from its leading scorer, junior Colin Bradanese (18 points), but poor free throw shooting was its downfall. The Raiders missed 10 free throws in the game, including one that could have given them the lead with less than two minutes to play.
A strange sequence of plays unfolded when Trojans junior guard Doug Alves atoned for a turnover with a hustle steal. B-R then missed two layups and committed a turnover giving the Raiders a chance for one last prayer.
Bradanese’s shot from just past halfcourt banged off the top of the backboard. Euphoria for the Trojans.
“This is my third year at B-R. We were really young the first year, pretty young last year, and now we are finally an upperclassman team and it’s starting to show in end-of-game situations like today,” Coach Alves said.
Belmont 80, Charlestown 63 — Senior Paul Ramsey scored a game-high 34 points to pace the Marauders (4-3) at the BABC Holiday Classic.
St. Andrew’s 87, Tabor 63 — Junior Cole Swider led St. Andrews with 23 points in the BABC Prep Classic at Cathedral High School. Chris Herren Jr. scored a game-high 32 points in the losing effort for Tabor.
Brooks 60, Beaver Country Day 57 — The Bishops were led by junior Jacob Iwowo, who poured in 16 points en route to being named MVP of the Patrick J. Harrington Memorial Game at the BABC Prep Classic.
Gould 65, Brimmer & May 54 — DJ Johnson (14 points, 14 rebounds) and Skyler Nash (18 points) led the Huskies to victory at the BABC Prep Classic.
Pingree 65, Greens Farm 62 — The Highlanders were led by seniors Alonzo Jackson (23 points) and Chad DiCenzo (21 points).
Westford 60, Chelmsford 49 — The Grey Ghosts were led by senior Jon Glidden (21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals).
Bishop Fenwick 67, Peabody 52 — Senior captain Sam Mancinelli led the way for Bishop Fenwick with 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 steals.
Masconomet 49, Manchester Essex 28 — Grace Fahey led Masco with 24 points, and Paige Amyouny had 12 points and 24 rebounds.
Dover-Sherborn 3, Scituate 3 — Maggie Allen scored her first career goal for the Dover-Sherborn/Hopkinton co-op team in the tie.
Auburn 3, Bishop Fenwick 2 — Senior Nicole Bousquet scored the winner at 7:07 in the third period on assists from Julia Siemen and Carrianne Fortier to lift the visiting Rockets (4-6-1) over the Crusaders (2-4-0). Fortier added two goals, Skyla Hodsdon had two assists and Samantha Perry made 13 saves.