Visiting Bridgewater-Raynham had given fourth-seeded Newton North everything it could handle throughout Saturday’s Division 1 South quarterfinals matchup.
After battling back from a 10-point deficit, and nearly erasing a six-point deficit in the final minutes, the twelfth-seeded Trojans trailed, 60-59, with 40 seconds remaining.
But Newton North senior Ethan Wright, an experienced closer, nailed a foul-inducing 3-pointer and completed the four-point play to lead the Tigers to a 66-59 victory.
Wright, a nominee for the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game, finished with a game-high 34 points and 12 rebounds.
“I was missing a lot of makeable shots and to see that one go in to kind of ice the game, there’s no better feeling,” said Wright. “I’ve been in gyms like that in the playoffs, where every team is good enough to beat you.
“So it helps to have experience on that kind of stage when you know the other team is going to go on runs. We withstood their runs.”
North (18-4) separated in the first half with an 11-2 run, but Bridgewater-Raynham (15-7) continued to vie for a second consecutive upset, having taken down fifth-seeded Catholic Memorial in the first round.
Senior point guard Doug Alves Jr. (20 points, 3 assists) and senior shooting guard Darrius Hyppolite (21 points) led a 15-5 run to tie the game, 54-54, midway through the fourth quarter.
After North scored six straight points, Alves hit his fifth 3-pointer of the game to make it 60-57 and Hyppolite hit a pull-up jumper to make it 60-59, setting stage for Wright’s heroics.
“We got a little bit of separation and the [Trojans] just made big play after big play,” said North coach Paul Connolly. “So then it comes down to the end and Ethan did what an All-American does.”
Division 1 North
Everett 84, Waltham 51 — Senior Ghared Boyce scored 15 points to push his career total to 2,001 — becoming the 73d player (boy or girl) in state history to crack the 2,000-point barrier — as the top-seeded Crimson Tide (21-1) advanced to the sectional semifinals by beating the eighth-seeded Hawks (15-7).
The 6-foot-1-inch guard intercepted a pass in his own half before going coast-to-coast for a lay-up early in the fourth quarter to break the 2,000-point barrier.
“[Boyce] has been a great player for us and I’m very happy for him and his family. It’s a nice way to cap it off in his last game in this gym,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “Now we can concentrate on the [sectional] semis.”
Waltham (15-7) made it tough on Everett’s leading scorer by opening the game with a “Diamond-and-one” defense, denying Boyce the ball.
But Boyce found a rhythm while netting 9 points in the third quarter, and scored three times in the paint.
“I was the main target. [Waltham] tried to take me out the game and I had foul trouble. I just fought through the adversity and kept playing,” said Boyce. “It’s special. I’ve worked so hard for four years to come to this point is such a great accomplishment. Now we move past it and I want a state championship. That’s our main goal.”
Lawrence 80, St. John’s Prep 64 — Backed behind the stellar play of junior Luis Reynoso (33 points, 11 rebounds), the second-seeded Lancers (20-2) punched their ticket to the D1 North semifinals with a resounding victory over the seventh-seed Eagles (16-6) in Lawrence.
In control of a 36-31 halftime lead, Reynoso, a 6-foot-4-inch forward, led the charge as Lawrence outscored St. John’s Prep in the third quarter, 31-16, which proved to be the difference in the game.
Lawrence will next face Cambridge, a 72-70 overtime winner over Methuen, in a quarterfinal matchup.
“We came out of halftime just wanting to run the ball, and that is what we did,” said Reynoso. “It has been a long time since Lawrence made it this far. It feels good.”
“[Luis] is a gifted, talented, special young man,” said Lawrence coach Raymond Nunez. “He has the potential to impact the game in all areas.”
Senior Tommy O’Neil (21 points) and sophomore Jamel Snow-Guzman (16 points) helped the Eagles keep the game close through the first two quarters.
Cambridge 72, Methuen 70 — The two-time defending state champions needed overtime to defeat the visiting Rangers (13-9). The third-seeded Falcons (20-2) advanced to a semifinal matchup with second-seeded Lawrence on Tuesday night at North Andover.
Division 2 North
Brighton 66, Arlington 62 — Led by Jerrod Clark (19 points) and Quincy Taylor (12 points, 11 rebounds), the seventh-seeded Bengals submitted a gutsy performance to rally from an early deficit to send the game into overtime on Laqu Howard’s foul shot with 29.7 seconds left in the upset over the second-seeded Spy Ponders (16-6).
“Gutsy is what it was,” said Brighton coach Hugh Coleman. “Our five senior starters were on the state championship team last year. They understand this environment and to stay in the moment and we played hard.”
Junior Messiah Murchison helped keep the Bengals within striking distance in the first half, scoring 12 of his 15 points in the first two quarters.
Senior Ben Wasco (15 points) and junior James Gascoigne (18 points) led the Spy Ponders and helped their team surge to an early 20-14 lead in the first quarter. The Bengals, though, quickly switched defensive schemes — going to a 2-3 zone — that got them back into the contest and tie it at the half, 29-all.
Brighton took its first lead of the game with 5:59 left, 49-48, on a Taylor layup and-one, and Howard sent it into OT with his tying foul shot that made it 54-all with less than 30 seconds left in regulation.
Division 2 West
Chicopee 66, Quabbin 47 — Isaiah Haines scored a game-high 16 points and Ramon Jiminez added 12.
Woburn 64, Beverly 62 — The Tanners (15-7) were spurred by 19 points by junior Ryan Ludwig and 14 apiece from seniors Matt Juko and Isaiah Cashwell-Doe in the quarterfinal victory.
Division 3 North
Watertown 62, Lynnfield 44 — Senior guard Julio Fulcar poured in 32 points to lead the visiting Raiders (16-6) to the quarterfinal victory.
Division 3 South
Bishop Stang 72, Wareham 59 — Junior guard Damien Perry (23 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) and senior Malik Morris (18 points) propelled the second-seeded Spartans (21-1) to the quarterfinal win. Stang will play Burke in the semis Tuesday in Taunton. Jamual Simms had 19 points for Wareham (14-8).
Division 3 Central
Whitinsville Christian 58, Bellingham 44 — Grant Buurma made five 3-pointers and finished with 17 points to lift the No. 3 Crusaders (16-6). Teammate Justin Tulley netted 13 points. Whitinsville Christian faces Sutton in a semifinal Tuesday at Clark University.
Sutton 62, Nipmuc 57 — Ashton Grenon scored nine of his team-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, and Bryson Grenon added 10 points to lift the No. 2 seed Sammies (16-6) over the seventh-seeded Warriors (14-8). Sutton will face No. 3 Whitinsville Christian in a 6 p.m. semifinal Tuesday at Clark.
Nipmuc’s Kyle Downing led all scorers with 30 points.
Tyngsborough 51, Gardner 42 — Christian Beck had 19 points, including the 1,000th of his career on a third-quarter free throw, to lift the top-seeded Tigers (19-3) over the No. 8 seed Wildcats (13-9).
Tyngsboro will face Blackstone-Millville in a 7:45 p.m. semifinal on Tuesday at Clark.
Division 3 West
Wahconah 58, Narragansett 50 — Kevin Huber scored a game-high 19 points and Tom O’Connor chipped in 16 (including nine in the fourth) for Wahconah.
Division 4 North
Pope John 63, Winthrop 59 — Senior Michael Thompson (16 points) and junior Angel Price-Espada (15 points, including career point No. 1,000) were stellar and senior Marquise Bouyer returned from a split lip to register 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Lions (20-1).
Division 4 South
Blue Hills 60, Avon 58 — Marcus Mompoint had the go-ahead bucket to push the Warriors (18-4) into the semifinals.
Division 4 Central
Assabet 74, Abby Kelley Foster 65 — Daisjaughn Bass scored 18 points, while Larry McClain Jr. and Jeff Hunter both put up 15 point to boost the No. 2 seed Aztecs (21-1) in a Central Mass. Division 4 quarterfinal. Rodolpho Obregon netted 20 points for the 10th-seeded Bears (12-10).
Assabet will play Maynard in a semifinal on Monday at WPI.
Division 4 West
Ware 66, Monson 41 — Chris Dilone had 19 points and Ryan Johnson added 14 to pace the fourth-seeded Indians (17-5) past the visiting No. 5 Mustangs in a D4 West quarterfinal. Ware will face the winner of Hopkins-McCann in an 8 p.m. semifinal on Monday at UMass Curry Hicks Cage.
NEPSAC Class AA
Tilton 118, South Kent 116 — Creighton commit Marcus Zegarowski finishes with 57 points to lead the Rams in double overtime.Karl Capen reported from Arlington and Lawrence, Brendan Hall from Mansfield, For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.