Throughout his four years as a player and three years as the assistant coach of the Lynn Classical boys’ basketball team, Jasper Grassa never won the Walter Boverini Tournament.
But after a narrow 49-44 victory over St. Mary’s of Lynn on Classical’s home court Friday, the first-year head coach held the championship trophy as he was flanked by the tournament’s co-MVPs, brothers Edwin and Erick Solis.
Lynn Classical (5-0) mixed a 2-1-2 full-court press and a stifling 1-3-1 zone to open a 24-12 lead shortly before halftime.
But the defending Division 4 North champion Spartans (4-2) rallied back with a steady 17-4 run, taking a 29-28 lead on a putback from senior forward Stephen Fama (5 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists) late in the third quarter.
The teams would trade the lead five times and tie the contest thrice in a thrilling finish. Eventually a pair of free throws from Dyrrell Rucker and a steal by Jaylen Johnson (10 points, 4 steals) allowed the hosts to seal the win.
“After they let it slip away, they found their second wind and another burst of energy and we were able to pull it out,” said Grassa, who took over for his father, Tom after his 31-year run as Classical coach.
“I think last year’s [MIAA state] tournament run really helped this team mature. There was a lot of composure out there on the St. Mary’s side as well, but we were able to match that.”
Edwin Solis had 8 points with eight rebounds and his brother Erick scored 7 points with four rebounds and two assists.
Sophomore guard Josh Perez led St. Mary’s with 14 points and junior forward Joseph Abate-Walsh added 13 points with nine rebounds.
Lynn English 85, Lynn Tech 27 — Freshman Ademide Badmus (13 points) and junior Alonzo Linton (12 points) were two of four Bulldogs to score in double figures for English (5-1) in the consolation game of the Boverini Tournament at Lynn Classical.
Central Catholic 69, Methuen 58— Senior Bret Edwards had 14 points and seven assists and junior Kevin Constant added 17 points to help the No. 2 Raiders (3-0) advance to the championship of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic championship.
St. John’s Prep 97, Lawrence 92 — Seniors Nate Hobbs (30 points) and Tommy O'Neil (26 points, 7 rebounds) helped the Eagles (3-1) advance to the championship of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic.
Brockton 79, Cardinal Spellman 63 — Abu Kaba (23 points, 16 rebounds) paced the ninth-ranked Boxers (7-0) in the Muscato Tournament championship game.
Oliver Ames 76, South Boston 52 — Senior Jack Spillane scored 33 points and earned All-Tournament team honors as the Tigers won third place in the Muscato Tournament.
Andover 76, Londonderry (N.H.) 72 — Senior guard Cedric Gillette (29 points) made eight 3-pointers and junior gaurd Emmett Kim added 21 points for the Warriors in the consolation round of the Commonwealth Classic.
Apponequet 77, Fairhaven 64— Senior Andy Johnson poured in 25 points for the Lakers (4-0).
Attleboro 61, Bishop Feehan 48— Sophomore Bryant Ciccio racked up 15 points and dished out five assists to lead the Bombardiers (4-1). Junior Dom Victor added 12 points of his own and pulled down eight rebounds.
Billerica 62, Pinkerton (N.H.) 50— Sophomores Ryan Murphy (21 points, 13 rebounds) and Aiden Deady (14 points, 5 steals) helped the Warriors (2-1) advance to the championship of the IAABO Board 95 Tournament.
Coyle & Cassidy 64, Bellingham 51— Senior Calvin Karioki (15 points) and junior Chuma Oyigbo (14 points) led the Warriors (6-1) in the Hutchinson Memorial Tournament.
Foxborough 48, Shaley (Pa.) 37— Senior guard Joe Morrison scored 14 points as the Warriors (6-1) won the KSA Events Holiday Tournament in Orlando, Fla.
Pembroke 53, Southeastern 47 — Tyler Spencer netted 18 points as the the hosts captured the inaugural Titan Holiday Classic.
Plymouth North 63, Wareham 59 — Senior Donnie Cohoon led the way with 25 points and sophomore Jayquan Leonard finished with 17 points to lead the Eagles (4-3).
TechBoston 70, Bridgewater-Raynham 63 — The Bears (6-0) caused 24 turnovers and held the Trojans to 6-of-23 shooting from 3-point range, and Maurice Works scored 17 points en route to the Larry Fisher Holiday Tournament trophy. Trojans senior Doug Alves scored a game-high 32 points.
Wakefield 78, Chelsea 52 — Senior guard Andrew Miller scored 29 points to go along with five assists and three steals for the Warriors (2-3).
Woburn 68, Danvers 40 — Junior Ryan Ludwig connected from beyond the arc five times and finished with 18 points to power the Tanners (4-1).
Fitchburg 58, Leominster 56 — R.J. Clapper scored a game-high 18 points and Mendes Morrison (12 points) hit 6 of 9 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter to help the visiting Red Raiders (1-3) edge the Blue Devils (0-5). Brian Rodriguez (13 points), Moses Perez (12) and Givensky Pierre-Louis (10) led Leominster.
Maynard 54, Groton-Dunstable 50 — Corey Olivier (19 points), Chris Bastien (12 points, 9 rebounds) and Tommy Smith (10 points, 12 rebounds) helped the visiting Tigers (3-0) hold off the No. 7 Crusaders (4-2). Evan Cook led Groton-Dunstable with 17 points and five assists and teammate Chris Watt added 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Assabet 66, Monty Tech 48 — Daisjaughn Bass and Jeff Hunter both scored 16 points, Gerry McManus added 12 and Isaac Knight chipped in 11 to power the visiting Aztecs (5-0, 3-0 Colonial) past the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-1). Savon Hughes led Monty Tech with 11 points.
ConVal (NH) 60, Murdock 59 — L.J. Hicks (20 points) and Ross O'Toole (10 points) were named to the All-Tournament Team, but the visiting Blue Devils (3-3) fell to the Cougars in the Zero Gravity Holiday Tournament championship at Keene State. Nick Roy added 10 points for Murdock.
Grafton 64, David Prouty 30 — Kyle Sawtelle (20 points, 10 rebounds), Will Herndon (14 points) and Sean Tyldesley (5 points, 8 assists) paced the host Indians (3-1) past the Panthers (2-3). Alex Skov led David Prouty with eight points.
Tahanto 74, North Brookfield 28 — Hodrin Kamnang collected 14 points as the Stags (3-2) toppled the visiting Indians (0-5). Tyler Patchen had eight points for North Brookfield.
St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 64, Shrewsbury 49 — Sean Burke scored 21 points and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team as the No. 3 Pioneers (4-4) defeated the No. 9 Colonials (2-3) in the Laska Holiday Tournament consolation game. Teammate Hunter Gorgas notched 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Ryan Hardenbrook gathered 12 points. As a team, St. John’s went 14 of 15 from the free throw line. Phil Smyrnios led Shrewsbury with 12 points.
Uxbridge 66, Quaboag 33 — Scott Kaeller (20 points), Harrison Mansfield (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Jack Hughes (10 points) paced the host Spartans (3-2) past the Cougars (0-5). Joshua Wilcox added five points and six assists for Uxbridge.
Leicester 65, Millbury 56 — Kyle Enberg scored a game-high 22 points and Jack O'Neill (20 points) hit 10 of 12 free throws to help the visiting Wolverines (4-2) defeat the Woolies (1-3). Kyle Padeni netted 11 points for Leicester. Elijah Friedman led Millbury with 20 points and teammate William Nadeau chipped in 12.
Whittier 55, Oakmont 39 — Dylan Woods scored 10 points, but the host Spartans (1-4) fell to the Wildcats (6-0).
Hopedale 59, Wayland 50 — Dan Liberatore scored 12 points and Sam Morelli, Robbie Siefring and Isaac Moore all added 10 points to guide the Blue Raiders (1-3) past the visiting Warriors (1-4) in the Hutchinson Memorial Tournament consolation game.
Doherty 69, Wachusett 50 — Marty Silvera netted 23 points and Alex Momo tallied 22 paced the visiting No. 5 Highlanders (4-2) past the No. 4 Mountaineers (4-2) in the Laska Yuletide Invitational Tournament championship at Assumption. Sam Dion (18 points), Liam Griffin (12) and Joey Nuttall (10) led Wachusett.
Oxford 59, Southbridge 46 — Jared Perkins scored 17 points on five 3-pointers and Klaytin Silva added 15 to push the host Pirates (3-2) past the Pioneers (2-4). Macaddai Owusu netted 13 points for Oxford and teammate Alex Duval chipped in 11. Southbridge’s Jared Figueroa scored 17 points and teammate Justin Reyes contributed 14.
Whitinsville Christian 64, Rockport 52 — Gabe Brookhouse accumulated 26 points to lift the Crusaders (4-1) in the Gloucester Holiday Tournament semifinals. Whitinsville Christian’s Justin VanderBaan scored 15 points and Tyler Gorman had 10 points. The Crusaders face Gloucester in the final at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Blackstone-Millville 70, Blackstone Valley 57 — Nick Donahue and Justin Keyes both scored 19 points and Kyle Lubinsky recorded 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the host Chargers (4-1) over the Beavers (1-4). Mike Marchand added 10 points for Blackstone-Millville. Valley Tech’s Ryan Braun led all scorers with 26 points while hitting hit 12 of 14 free throw attempts and teammate Drew Galicki added 15 points.
St. Mary’s 57, Lynn Classical 39 — Tourney MVP Olivia Nazaire had 15 points and 15 rebounds as the Spartans won their fourth straight Boverini Tournament championship. Gabby Torres scored 16 points.
Matignon 67, Ursuline 37— Junior twins Korine (20 points, 5 rebounds) and Katty Haidul (16 points, 10 rebounds) paced the Warriors. Sophomore Emma Found added 14 points in the home win.
Whitman-Hanson 66, SW Florida Christian Academy 48 — Junior Erin Leahy led the way with 19 points and eight rebounds for the visiting Panthers (6-0) in the semifinals of the Queen of Palms Tournament.
Greater New Bedford 62, Case 20 — Junior guard Jayda Fortin had 22 points for the Bears (1-2).
Wakefield 50, Marblehead 30 — Senior Allee Purcell (17 points, 8 rebounds) led the charge for the Warriors (4-0).
Archbishop Williams 61, Hingham 51 — Senior Asiah Dingle (19 points) and Meg Marcel (11 points) led the second-ranked Bishops (4-0) to the Hingham Holiday Classic title.
Swampscott 39, Lynn English 31 — Junior Nikki Rosa registered 20 points and 10 rebounds for the visiting Big Blue in the Boverini Tournament.
East Bridgewater 46, Pembroke 39— Junior Sydney Bradberry scored 23 points to give the Vikings the Abington Bank Holiday Classic title. Bradberry also earned Tournament MVP honors.
Abington 51, Bridgewater-Raynham 47 — Juniors Maureen Stanton (11 points, 4 assists) and Maddie O'Connell (12 points, 11 rebounds) paced the Green Wave to third place in the Abington Bank Holiday Classic.
Randolph 48, Holbrook 36 — Sophomore Kiva Quest returned from shoulder surgery and earned Randolph Tournament MVP for the Blue Devils (2-4).
Leominster 66, Fitchburg 29 — Rylee Skinner scored 18 points and Grace Adams chipped in 16 points as the Blue Devils (2-2) topped the visiting Red Raiders (0-3).
Oakmont 43, Tyngsborough 42 — Kylie Lison (15 points, 7 rebounds), Hannah Cravedi (9 points, 5 steals) and Leah Pelkey (6 points, 10 rebounds) helped the visiting Spartans (4-0) hold off the Tigers (3-2). Katherine Hurynowicz scored 13 points for Tyngsboro and teammate Amanda Leal added 12 points.
Tantasqua 55, Dracut 48 — Ainsley Way scored 15 of her 18 points in the second half and Lydia Boland scored 19 as the Warriors (3-2) rallied to defeat the visiting Middies (1-3).
Sutton 44, Notre Dame (Worcester) 29 — Natalie Fraioli scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first half and Lauren Arthaud added 11 as the host No. 7 Suzies (4-0) beat the No. 9 Rebels (1-3). Elizabeth Potvin led Notre Dame with 12 points.
Lunenburg 70, Hudson 30 — Sarah Blomgren notched 14 points and 16 rebounds to spark the host Blue Knights (4-2). Lunenburg’s Sarah Morse (12 points, 9 rebounds), Elise Lilly (11 points) and Kelly Gearin (10 points) also made big contributions. Brianna Cabral scored 10 points for the Hawks (4-3).
Nashoba 60, St. Bernard’s 37 — Abby McNulty (18 points), Julia Roth (13 points) and Lexi Richard (12 points) lifted the No. 5 Chieftains (4-0). Sabrina Patton scored 25 points for the Bernardians (2-4).
Shepherd Hill 46, Algonquin 36 — Molly Springer scored 17 points and Bailey Savage tacked on 12 points to propel the No. 2 Rams (6-0, 1-0 Mid-Wach A) at home. Lucy Gauvin, Emily Genga, Rachel McMenemy and Jamie Rosen all notched six points for the No. 8 Tomahawks (3-3, 1-1).
Quabbin 55, Bromfield 21 — Sydney St. Jean scored 16 points, Helena Shampine notched 12 points and Julia Hamel gathered 10 points to boost the Panthers (5-1). Callie Frackiewicz collected 10 points for the visiting Trojans (0-6).
Douglas 36, Bartlett 30 — Melina Schilling scored 14 points to lift the Tigers (3-3). Kyara Binienda had a game-high 17 points for the host Indians (1-5).
Maynard 60, Millis 59 — Hayley Malozzi scored 18 points, Ally Morgan gathered 16 points and Garvey Cummings brought down 15 boards to lift the host Tigers (3-2).
Fontbonne 58, North Middlesex 29 — Hadley Beauregard gathered 14 points, but the Patriots (2-4) fell to the visiting Ducks (5-0). Annabelle Larnard led Fontbonne with 27 points.
Holy Name 44, Acton-Boxborough 31 — Jaini Edmonds dumped in a game-best 18 points and dished out five assists, while teammates Logan Lornell had 11 points and Katherine Pingeton had eight rebounds and four assists to lead the third-ranked Naps (3-2) over the Colonials (2-3) in a semifinal of Acton-Boxboro Tournament. Holy Name will face Revere in a title game at 1 p.m. Saturday at A-B. The Colonials were led by Lori Keough’s 18 points.
Northbridge 39, Auburn 26 — Maria Cray scored 13, while Jill Labrie scored nine points and Avery Senosk chipped in eight points to send the visiting Rams (4-1, 2-0 SWCL) past the Rockets (1-6, 1-2). Molly Cutting led Auburn with eight points, while Semran Sahota had 11 rebounds.
Milford 55, Hopedale 27 — Senior captain Kate Irwin scored 15 points and had five assists for the visiting Scarlet Hawks (3-2).
St. John’s Prep 2, BC High 1 — Cam Ludwig recorded 36 saves for the host Eagles.
Dover-Sherborn 2, Medfield 2 — Seniors Cole Condon and Max Arnone scored and freshman Aidan Britt recorded 38 saves for the Raiders (2-2-1).
North Andover 4, Scituate 3 — Matt Lucy scored twice, including the decisive goal, in the second period for the Knights (2-1-1).
Fitchburg 4, Assabet 3 — Max Beaulac, Jake Leblanc, Anthony Lesperance and Andrew David Cormier scored, while Ben Tolman had two assists and Spencer McCrillis made 19 saves as the Red Raiders skated to a consolation win over the Aztecs in the Mark Bushnoe Tournament at Wallace Civic Center. Tolman was named to the All-Tournament team. Andrew Chaves scored twice for Assabet, while Jared Garcia added a goal and Robbie Starkey made 30 saves.
Lunenburg 6, Leominster 2 — Jacob Mauro (3 goals), Jared Simmons (2 goals) and Connor Vivano (1 goal, 3 assists) paced the host Blue Knights (5-1) past the Blue Devils (1-3-2) in the Mark Bushnoe Tournament championship. Brandon Melanson scored both goals for Leominster.
Algonquin 1, Medway 0 — Sophomore Amy MacGlashing scored an unassisted goal 3:12 into the third period and senior Angela Ferro made 14 saves as the host Tomahawks (4-2) edged the Mustangs (0-3-1).
Theo Burba remains on his quest to be the nation’s fastest 600-meter runner. The Newton North junior won the 600 at the MSTCA Winter Speed Classic at the Reggie Lewis Center in 1 minute, 22.8 seconds.
Burba’s goal is to have the No. 1 time in the country, a spot held for less than a week by Belmont’s Calvin Perkins (1:21.4). Perkins was at Friday’s meet, but did not participate in the 600.
“My game plan for the race was to go out strong through the 400, and hold on towards the end,” Burba said. “I don’t think I quite got [the fastest time] so I’m definitely disappointed there.”
Lynnfield’s Kate Mitchell won the girls’ 600 in 1:36.23, beating Mary Corcoran of Brookline by more than five seconds (1:41.54).
Oakmont’s John Caouette was the big winner, with first-place finishes in the 55 meters (6.43 seconds) and long jump (21 feet, 10 inches) and a second-place finish in the 300 (35.97).
Milford’s Kerry O’Connor won the girls’ 300 in 42.97, while Watertown’s Mange Camara ran a 35.44 to win it on the boys’ side. Pentucket’s Jack Clohisy’s 7.95 time in the 55 hurdles was good for first, as was Belmont’s Anoush Krafian’s 8.60 for the girls. Krafian won the long jump as well (17-5).
Josh Lee learned a lot from his George Bossi Lowell Holiday Tournament loss back in his freshman year, and the Burlington senior hasn’t had to deal with that experience at the event since.
Taking the mat at Tsongas Center in Lowell Friday, Lee took home his third straight Lowell title, defeating Melrose’s Sean Herbert at 138 pounds in a 5-4 decision. The win made Lee Burlington’s first three-time Lowell Holiday champion.
“It feels great, it’s an unbelievable feeling,” Lee said. “Wish I could’ve done it four times, but after I lost freshman year, I got hungry. I wanted to keep coming, I won it my sophomore year and couldn’t stop.”
Lee didn’t give up a point until his semifinals match with Timberlane’s Robbie Pinault, recording two pins, a technical fall, and two wins by decision to roll to the finals.Globe correspondents Shawn McFarland and David Bumpus contributed to this report. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.