Sophomores took center stage during Sunday’s Division 2 boys’ basketball matchups in the 29th Comcast Classic at Woburn High.
In the first boys’ game of the afternoon, defending Div. 2 state champion TechBoston used its defensive pressure to harass Newton North (a Div. 1 team playing in the D2 bracket) into 23 turnovers, earning a hard-fought 70-64 victory.
TechBoston (15-2) opened a 55-36 lead midway through the third quarter with sophomore guard Alan Nunez (17 points, 4 assists, 4 steals) leading the way. Junior Shamar Browder (20 points, 7 steals) and senior Lyron Bennett (12 points, 3 assists) were also instrumental in the hot start, while Nunez continued to showcase his all-around improvement.
“Alan has been my guy since he was in eighth grade,” said TechBoston coach Johnny Williams. “I’ve seen his growth and development. He waited patiently and now all that perseverance is paying off.”
Newton North (16-5), which came into the tournament on a seven-game winning streak, rallied for a 21-6 run, cutting the deficit to 61-59 midway through the fourth quarter. But the Tigers were unable to complete the comeback after junior point guard Tom Andreae (13 points, 5 assists) fouled out.
“You can’t ask for more at the end of the regular season,” said Williams, whose program was making its debutin the Comcast Classic. “It’s a well put-together field and this is what I want my kids to be a part of.”
The second matchup of the D2 bracket featured a contrast of styles between fast-paced Belmont and sizable Hingham.
With senior point guard Danny Yardemian (31 points) leading the way, Belmont started fast and coasted to a 93-76 victory.
Belmont (18-1) will face TechBoston at Woburn High on Monday at 5:15 p.m.
The Marauders opened a 52-38 halftime lead thanks in part to sophomore Tim Minicozzi shooting 4 of 4 from 3-point range. Minicozzi and junior Mac Annus finished with 21 points apiece, combining to shoot 9-for-14 from long range.
When Hingham (15-5) began to creep back into the game thanks to hot shooting from senior John Gates (24 points, 8-for-11 from 3-point range), sophomore Preston Jackson-Stephens (10 points) hit a pair of triples, expanding Belmont’s lead to 88-73 with just over two minutes remaining.
Belmont finished with 20 assists on 32 made field goals in another impressive effort.
“These guys know that making that extra pass and taking shots confidently opens the defense up. I like our offense,” said Belmont coach Adam Pritchard. “I’m looking forward to [the matchup with TechBoston].”
Brookline 59, BC High 54 — Led by 6-foot-8 junior center Ozzy Trapilo, the Eagles (9-9) were virtually impenetrable on defense during this D1 matchup at the IAABO Board 27 Comcast Classic.
The Eagles held the top-ranked Warriors (20-0) to just 12 first half points. Senior forward Mark Barrett (11 points) helped Brookline claw back into the game and the teams were tied, 32-32, through three quarters.
BC High led by as many as 10 points in the final frame, and held a 50-41 advantage with less than three minutes to play. But Brookline received triples from Blake Burke and Ben Murray to cut into the deficit and Murray eventually hit a free throw to send the game to overtime tied, 50-50.
Brookline senior Chris Camille scored six of his team-high 14 points in the overtime period and the Warriors capitalized on an erroneous reset of the shot clock to avoid the upset.
‘‘We know we’re the only team that can beat us,’’ said Barrett. ‘‘The main thing was communication over the course of the game and we finally figured it out. We notice that we’re usually getting rooted against, so the more we stay together the better we’re going to be.’’
Xaverian 49, Braintree 48 — Senior Patrick Mogan scored 14 points and added 17 rebounds and nine blocks to lead the Hawks (12-7) to its seventh straight win in the Riley Winter Classic in Westwood.
Bishop Fenwick 59, Masconomet 56 — Senior guard Nik Pignone scored a game-high 33 points for the Spartans (11-8), as they advance to face Gloucester in the finals of the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic.
Lynn English 69, Needham 66 — Rockets senior Kyle Sullivan hit a game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds, but Bulldogs junior Jarnel Snow-Guzman beat the buzzer with a triple. The fourth-ranked Bulldogs (19-2) advance to face top-ranked Brookline in the D1 final of the Comcast Classic Monday night.
Central Catholic 67, St. John’s Prep 46 — George Smith (22 points), Kevin Constant (15), and Anthony Traficante (12) led the No. 5 Raiders (17-3) to the MVC win.
Gloucester 64, Beverly 56 — With junior Marcus Montagnino leading the way, the Fishermen (13-6) upended host Beverly to advance to the finals of the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic.
Franklin 60, New Bedford 49 — Senior Jalen Samuels scored 18 points for the host Panthers (15-5) in the Nusati Classic.
Wakefield 62, Chelsea 44 — Junior Ryan Markus led the Warriors (14-6) with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Senior Pat Hannigan added 16 points and seven rebounds.
Archbishop Williams 59, Woburn 29 — Junior guard Kaitlynn Smith of Hull scored 14 points to pace the No. 13 Bishops in the Division 2 consolation game of the Comcast Classic at Woburn High.
Franklin 46, Belmont 41 — Junior center Ali Brigham scored 15 points and junior forward Megan O’Connell added 10 points as the fifth-ranked Panthers (18-3) outlasted top-ranked Belmont (18-2) in overtime during the Division 1 consolation game of the Comcast Classic at Woburn High.
Needham 41, Westwood 28 — The 11th-ranked Rockets (14-5) received a strong contribution from senior Marianna Jantzen with 10 points in the first round of the Riley Winter Classic in Westwood.
Wellesley 60, King Philip 50 — Senior guard Gianna Palli poured in 25 points for the No. 9 Raiders (16-2) in the first round of the Riley Winter Classic in Westwood.
Central Catholic 36, Cambridge 27 — Senior guard Kaylee Thomas led the No. 14 Raiders (16-3) with 14 points.
Concord-Carlisle 60, Winchester 25 — Sophomore Kori Barach netted 17 points for the Patriots (18-1).
Bishop Fenwick 55, Revere 44 — Sophomore center Annie Murphy (21 points), Liz Gonzalez (18) and Sammi Gallant (13) led the Crusaders, who improved to 10-8 and qualified for the MIAA Div. 3 North tournament. Erika Cheever scored 25 for the Patriots (11-8).
Bourne 48, Dighton-Rehoboth 45 — Junior guard Kaya Fernandes paced the Canalwomen (12-8) with a game-high 24 points.
Masconomet 73, Beverly 20 — Junior guard Makayla Graves scored 23 points and sophomore Morgan Bovardi added 13 to lead the Lady Chieftains (16-5) over the Panthers (9-10).
Nauset 74, Barnstable 63 — Sophomore Avery Burns knocked down six 3-pointers en route to 25 points for the Warriors (15-4).
St. Mary’s 55, Saugus 39 — Senior Pamela Gonzales posted 18 points and 12 rebounds to pace the host Spartans (13-7).
North Andover 5, Beverly 0 — At Merrimack College, sophomore Adam Heinze netted a pair of goals as the Knights (12-6-2) recorded their fourth consecutive shutout.
Westford/Littleton 2, HPNA 0 — Junior Allie Dean stopped 21 shots for her fifth shutout of the year for the Grey Ghosts (12-5-1)
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