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WEDNESDAY’S SCHOOL ROUNDUP

TechBoston, Hingham boys’ basketball advance to Div. 2 South final

Robert E. Klein for the Globe

TechBoston’s Shamar Moore takes aim on a 3-pointer during his team’s Div. 3 South semifinal victory over Hanover.

By Nate Weitzer Globe Correspondent 

TAUNTON – The TechBoston boys’ basketball team has just one captain, junior forward Shamar Moore. On Wednesday evening at Taunton High, Moore proved why he’s the leader of the top-seeded Bears, netting 12 of his game-high 22 points in the final four minutes to lead TechBoston past No. 5 seed Hanover, 58-47, in a Division 2 South semifinal.

TechBoston advances to face Hingham in the Div. 2 South final Saturday in Taunton.

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“It’s been seven years we’ve had [Moore in our program] and now his hard work is coming to fruition and we’re seeing the type of player that he is,” said TechBoston coach Johnny Williams.

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“He’s our leader. He brings toughness, heart, passion and determination to our team.”

After a close first quarter, TechBoston (22-1) cranked up the defense and opened the second on a 12-2 run to take a 29-17 lead. Maurice Works hit a 3-pointer to give the Bears a 34-22 lead midway through the second quarter, as they played unselfishly with 11 assists on 13 first-half field goals.

But Hanover (19-5) clawed back with a 15-4 run led by J.P. Landry (18 points) and Matt Delahunt (14 points). Last year’s Div. 3 state champions increased the defensive intensity and held TechBoston to just 5 points on 2-of-11 shooting in the third quarter, drawing within 38-37 in the final minutes of the frame.

Caught in a dogfight, TechBoston searched for answers, and Moore provided them. The junior hit three consecutive 3-pointers off feeds from Shamar Browder to put the Bears up, 53-43, with just over two minutes remaining.

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Moore then snared an offensive rebound off a Walter Dew-Hollis (18 points, 7 rebounds) missed free throw and knocked down a pair from the charity stripe.

“Down the stretch we just needed to make plays and play defense,” said Moore.

“I feel like there’s a lot on [me as captain] and on Walter [Dew-Hollis], Lyron [Bennett] and [Maurice] Works. This team goes as us four go.”

Hingham 65, Falmouth 58 — When Falmouth and Hingham met on Dec. 22, they went several rounds before Hingham prevailed in triple-overtime.

In a rematch at Taunton High, second-seeded Hingham (21-2) left little doubt by blitzing third-seeded Falmouth (20-5) for a 23-point halftime lead that allowed the Harbormen to hang on for a victory in the second Division 2 South semifinal.

“In this postseason, our guys have been through a lot,” said Hingham coach Bob Kniffen. “It’s back to the drawing board for [TechBoston]. They’re a very talented team but we’re up for the challenge and excited for the opportunity to play for a sectional title.”

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Playing in the sectional semifinals for the first time in program history, Hingham came out on fire with nine different Harbormen scoring in the first half.

Junior forward John Lowther (10 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) controlled the paint and sharpshooter John Gates netted 17 points with four 3-pointers.

Junior guard Jack Johnson joined his teammates in double figures with 13 points and senior captain Reggie Foster added 9 points off the bench for Hingham.

“That’s been a strength of ours and why we’ve been so successful this year,” Kniffen said of his teams’ balanced scoring.”

“When one guy is off, we have advantages elsewhere. It’s shown all season and showed tonight.”

After falling behind, 51-24, in the third quarter, Falmouth went on a 27-8 run, cutting Hingham’s lead to 59-51 with less than two minutes remaining.

But the Clippers ran out of time to complete their dramatic comeback bid.

“[Falmouth] is a very good team that isn’t going away and fortunately we were able to hold them off in the end,” said Kniffen.

“I was proud of how poised our guys were tonight. We have a mentally tough team and they’ll bring the same level of play whether there’s a thousand people in the stands or none.”

Girls’ basketball

Division 3 South

Fontbonne 64, Greater New Bedford 50 — In her third game back after an 11-game absence due to a knee injury, Fontbonne senior Anabelle Larnard was dominant with 23 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocked shots for the sixth-seeded Ducks (19-4) in their sectional semifinal victory over the seventh-seeded Bears (14-7) at Bridgewater-Raynham High.

Larnard scored 15 and 22 points in tournament wins over Abington and Rockland, respectively.

“It’s huge, this is my 20th season as a head coach and I don’t know if I’ve had a more versatile player than Annabelle,” said Fontbonne coach Clare Murphy. “She’s our emotional leader and playing like a senior right now as is Arienne [Sauvignon Howard]. Having Annabelle back is huge.”

Larnard and Sauvignon Howard, senior co-captains, dominated early and often, but Greater New Bedford closed the first quarter on an 8-0 run to pull within 15-12 at the end of the first quarter. The Bears continued their comeback effort and cut the deficit to 27-26 at halftime.

Fontbonne opened the second half with a pair of hoops and never looked back, pulling away by double-digits by the end of the third quarter.

The Ducks will face fourth-seeded Archbishop Williams (18-3) on Saturday at Taunton High School with the time TBD.

“We didn’t take Greater New Bedford lightly at all,” Murphy said. “The biggest takeaway through the three state games that we have is that my team is not going to quit.”

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Wednesday’s nor’easter prompted the postponement of all MIAA boys’ and girls’ hockey tournament games to Thursday and Friday, as well as the postponement of all North, Central, and West basketball games to Thursday.

MIAA Board

The MIAA’s Board of Directors approved a request from Marshfield High, by a 15-0-1 vote, to be an exclusion school for the next two years on Thursday morning at its monthly meeting in Franklin. Marshfield Superintendent Jeff Granatino, vice president of the board, abstained.

With fellow Atlantic Coast League members Dennis-Yarmouth, Falmouth, Nauset, and Sandwich departing for the Cape & Islands League in the fall of 2019, Marshfield will be left no conference affiliation. Marshfield has been granted a two-year trial in the 11-school Patriot League for 2018-19 and 2019-20, with a formal vote scheduled for the summer of 2019. Even with approval, Marshfield would carry independent status the second year.

“Geographically, [the Patriot League] is a perfect fit for us, and we can compete,” said Marshfield athletic director Scott Madden. “The bottom line, it’s good for our kids, a quick bus ride for most games, a reduction in travel costs.

“Right now, our closest league game is 45 minutes away our and our farthest is an hour and a half.”

Exclusion status enables schools such as Marshfield to fill season schedules against nonleague schools who have the option of not counting the game toward their tournament seeding record.

 Gearing up for the MIAA’s annual meeting on April 6, executive director Bill Gaine urged that student eligibility/litigation be added to the agenda. Noting that the association has been taken to court six times during the 2017-18 winter season alone — with injunctions granted clearing eligibility for student-athletes in every case — Gaine said “the association has a problem that needs to be addressed,” one that the entire membership needs to hear.

 Upon the recommendation of Phil Napolitano, the MIAA liason for rugby, the board unanimously approved that boys be allowed to wear long tights, as long as they are uniform consistent, to help prevent burns sustained while playing on artificial turf for the spring season.

Staff writer Craig Larson reported from Franklin. Greg Levinsky from Bridgewater-Raynham. For more highlights, go to bostonglobe.com/schools.