Jarnel Snow-Guzman loves big moments.
The Lynn English junior beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to lead his Bulldogs to a 69-66 victory over Needham Sunday night, setting up a premier matchup with top-ranked Brookline in the D1 final of the Comcast Classic.
On Monday night, Snow-Guzman provided an encore with a clutch, stepback 3-pointer to put English ahead with 15 seconds remaining in a 65-63 win at Woburn High over the previously unbeaten Warriors.
“Coach knows the other team is going to be focused on me, but if it’s there, he gives me the green light,” said Snow-Guzman.
“When it comes down to those situations, I’ve proven why I should have the ball.”
Playing without star senior Chris Camille, who was inactive because of concussion-like symptoms, Brookline (20-1) fell into an early 22-10 deficit.
But junior guard Matt Price (21 points) and senior forward Mark Barrett (7 points, 8 rebounds, 5 blocks) led a comeback charge and Brookline took a 30-29 lead early in the third quarter.
There were five ties and seven lead changes throughout the second half, the final one coming when Snow-Guzman (9 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists) hit a corner 3-pointer to make it 64-63 in the waning seconds.
Brookline designed a play to get Price a good look from three, but it rimmed out and English (20-2) held on in a thrilling finale to a fantastic tournament.
“[Snow-Guzman] puts in the work, so when you see him make those shots you’re really not amazed,” said English coach Antonio Anderson.
“Those type of things, you can’t teach. You just have to have that in you.”
This contest provided a glimpse of a potential D1 state semifinals matchup between two of the favorites in the North (English) and South (Brookline). Those type of showdowns have become the norm in the 29th annual Comcast Classic.
“Between last night and today, you can’t ask for two better games,” said Anderson. “I came and watched the last couple years, so to be a part of it is awesome.”
The penultimate game of the evening also featured a potential state semifinals preview between defending D2 state champion TechBoston and D2 North favorite Belmont.
TechBoston jumped to an early lead and managed to hold off a spirited fourth-quarter push from Belmont to earn a 73-68 victory.
Belmont senior captain Danny Yardemian led the comeback bid with 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. Yardemian drained an off-balance 3-pointer to make it 61-60 with under two minutes remaining, but every time the Marauders made a push, Bears senior captain Lyron Bennett had an answer.
The 6-foot lefty guard poured in a team-high 23 points to earn tournament MVP honors and received plenty of help down the stretch from junior guard Shamar Browder, who scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half.
“Our confidence level is always high,” said Bennett. “We always have each other’s backs. We just play through everything. We keep our composure through all the adversity.”
Belmont (20-2) also received a game-high 25 points from junior Mac Annus, but it was not enough to stop TechBoston (16-2), which has won nine straight and is eyeing another state title run.
“I would love if we hold up our end of the bargain, to meet [Belmont] at the Garden,” TechBoston coach Johnny Williams said.
“They’re a great team, they’re well-coached. This was a great tune-up for state [tournament]. If states are anything like this tournament, man, we’re in for something special.”
Abington 73, Archbishop Williams 52 — Bryson Andrews had a game-high 28 points along with six rebounds for the Green Wave (15-6).
Arlington Catholic 56, Hamilton-Wenham 50 — Senior forward Jack Connaughton recorded a double-double, scoring 15 points and recording 10 rebounds. Junior center Cam Garber also notched a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds as the Cougars (10-9) pulled off a semifinal win in the Patton Tournament.
Attleboro 66, North Attleborough 56 — Junior Bryant Ciccio had 17 points and six assists and junior Qualeem Charles had 10 points and 16 boards for the Bombardiers (17-4). Senior Mason Houle scored 14 points.
Beverly 81, Masconomet 60 — Toskany Abreu (21) and Jack Crowley (18) combined for 39 points for the Panthers in the consolation game of the McIntire Classic consolation game at Beverly High.
Bishop Stang 80, Martha’s Vineyard 59 — With his 27 points, senior guard Damien Perry became the school’s career scoring leader for boys and girls with 1,687 points. He also had six assists and four steals in the first round of the K-Classic at Apponequet Regional.
Braintree 57, Shrewsbury 54 — Sophomore forward Jack McCarthy tallied 16 points for the Wolverines in the consolation game of the Riley Winter Classic in Westwood.
Cohasset 62, South Boston 38 — Sophomore Liam Cunnie scored 16 points and senior cocaptain Mark Mahoney tallied 12 points as the Skippers (13-5) rolled.
Durfee 60, Bishop Connolly 51 — Senior Isaiah Morency had 14 points and eight blocks for the Hilltoppers (12-7).
Foxborough 70, Randolph 67 — Junior guard Brandon Borde (career-high 28 points) hit a buzzer-beating 3 to lead the Warriors (12-8) on to the final of the Warrior Classic tournament.
Franklin 61, North Andover 58 — Senior forward Will Harvey scored 20 points to propel the No. 9 Panthers (16-5) in the championship game of the Nasuti Classic. Junior captain Chris Edghill reached 1,000 career points for Franklin.
Gloucester 66, Bishop Fenwick 50 — The Fishermen topped the Crusaders to win the Larry McIntire IAABO Board 130 Classic at Beverly High, thanks to a 23-point, 17-rebound performance by junior Marcus Montagnino. Ben Oliver nailed 8 3-pointers in a 27-point performance.
KIPP Academy 70, Lincoln-Sudbury 64 — Winfred Sanchez had a game-high 25 points and Abdoul Barry chipped in 22 points off the bench for the Panthers in the first round of the Jake & Joe’s tournament in Waltham.
Lowell 66, Mansfield 57 — Junior Carlos Nunez (18 points) and sophomore Nate Siow (14 points, 8 rebounds) led the second-ranked Red Raiders (19-3) over the eighth-ranked Hornets (17-4) in the first round of the Mansfield Roundball Tournament. Lowell will take on Wachusett on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. for the championship.
Malden 63, Milford 60 — Junior Cameron Lloyd nailed the game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and hit two free throws in overtime for the Golden Tornadoes (9-10), who advanced to the Milford Tournament final.
Mystic Valley 98, Cristo Rey 62 — Senior guard Joshua Briceus dropped 28 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Eagles (16-3) soared to the victory.
Nantucket 70, Mashpee 57 — Junior Torane Burton paced the Whalers (15-4) with 24 points.
Newton North 59, Hingham 57 — Junior guard Tyson Duncan hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to propel the Tigers (18-5) in the D2 consolation game of the IAABO Board 27 Comcast Classic at Woburn High.
Quincy 61, Milton 41 — Senior guard Will Zargas (22 points) powered the Presidents in the first round of the Moscardelli Tournament. Junior guard Brandon Johnson added 16.
Rockland 71, Sandwich 45 — Senior Tyrae Worrell had 19 points and sophomore Hunter Wardwell pitched in 15 points for the Bulldogs (10-9) in the first round of the Cotter Tournament in Abington.
Saugus 61, Essex Tech 36 — Junior Christian Correia (20 points) and sophomore Mason Nicholas (13 points) led the Sachems (3-16).
Scituate 67, Oliver Ames 53 — Junior captain Jack Poirier (21 points) and senior captain Aidan Sullivan (7 points, 10 assists) led the way for the Sailors (16-3) in the first round of the Walpole Tournament.
Swampscott 62, Marblehead 46 — Jackson Byrne (35 points) drained 11 three-pointers for the Big Blue.
Waltham 57, Woburn 50 — The Hawks overcame a 17-point deficit at half to defeat Woburn and advance to the championship in the Jake N Joe’s tournament.
Wareham 74, Apponequet 66 — Senior guard Taylor Carlson hit 6 3-pointers as part of a 27-point effort for the Vikings (16-3).
Winthrop 58, Saint Joseph Prep 40 — Sophomore Cam Conway tallied 20 points and senior Chrono Washington added 15 points as the Vikings (6-13) qualified for their third consecutive Division 4 North tourney.
Coyle & Cassidy 51, Natick 41 — The third-ranked Warriors (18-1) went on a 24-5 blitz en route to winning the Division 2 title at the Comcast Classic in Woburn. Seniors Rachael Johnson (12 points), Kassidy Fields (12 points), Kaylee Haynes (13 points) and Samantha Hourihan (9 points, 7 rebounds) led the way.
“We do a pretty good job of meshing together most games,” said Haynes, named the tournament MVP. “Once we get going and we get a lot of movement and us four start getting in our flow, no one can stop us.”
Johnson, Fields, and Haynes scored multiple baskets during Coyle & Cassidy’s run.
“The perseverance, the confidence and the calmness when the pressure gets on, that’s when the seniors come into play,” Coyle coach Michael O’Brien said.
Sixth-ranked Natick (15-4) battled back. A triple by Makenna Range closed the deficit to 33-31 with just more than two minutes remaining in the third, but Fields hit a free throw, Johnson followed with a put-back, and Samantha Hourihan added a deep two. Each time Natick responded, Coyle did it more emphatically.
“It’s so much fun,” Haynes said. “It’s like playing with my best friends.”
Braintree 73, Cathedral 68 — Lily Adams emerged as a star over the weekend. The sophomore guard scored 21 points as the seventh-ranked Wamps (16-4) pulled out the overtime win over No. 2 Cathedral (19-1) in the Division 1 title game of the Comcast Classic at Woburn High.
Arlington Catholic 58, Wilmington 55 — Erin Donlan scored 25 points for the visiting Cougars (8-11).
Beverly 58, Revere 52 — Sabrina Beaudry scored 14 points as the host Panthers (10-10) qualified for the state tourney with the win in the consolation game of the McIntire Classic.
Bishop Feehan 43, Westford 33 — Senior guard Sarah John scored 11 points as the Shamrocks (12-7) advanced to the final of the Mansfield Tournament.
Cohasset 43, Nantucket 39 — The Skippers clinched a spot in the tournament with their 10th win of the year, rallying from a 1-8 start to a 10-10 finish. Junior forward Molly Greer was the leading scorer for Cohasset with 12 points. Sophomore point guard Kate Cunning tallied 9 points in addition to playing stellar defense.
Foxborough 46, Old Rochester 36 — The No. 12 Warriors (17-2) topped Bulldogs at the Warrior Classic thanks to 14 points from sophomore guard Katelyn Mollica.
Mansfield 51, Lowell 42 — Senior captain Syd Mulkern (22 points) led the 17th-ranked Hornets (15-5) to a semifinal win over the Red Raiders in the Mansfield Roundball Tournament. The Hornets will take on Bishop Fenwick in the championship game on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Masconomet 50, Bishop Fenwick 37 — Tournament MVP Mak Graves scored 14 points and had five steals for the Chieftains (17-5) as they toppled the Crusaders in the Larry McIntire IAABO 130 Classic championship.
Needham 34, Wellesley 32 — Tournament MVP Kiara McIntyre (16 points) sank a jumper with four seconds remaining in overtime to lift the 11th-ranked Rockets (15-5) over the ninth-ranked Raiders (16-4) in the Riley Winter Classic championship.
St. Mary’s 73, Amesbury 36 — Tournament MVP Pamela Gonzalez scored 17 points and Nicolette D'Itria added 12 to lead the St. Mary’s to a Spartan Classic championship.
Whitman-Hanson 42, Abington 25 — The Panthers (11-8) held the hosts to 17 points in the final three quarters to advance to the finals of the Shawn P. Cotter Invitational Tournament at Abington High. ‘‘We were pressuring and rotating well,’’ said W-H coach Jenna Olem. ‘‘We’re athletic, we’re long, we’re big and I think that’s a challenge for any team.’’ Senior captain Kathryn Dunn had 6 points and 6 rebounds for W-H, which led by as many as 20 points.
Arlington 9, Andover 3 — The fourth-ranked Spy Ponders (14-3-3) netted five power-play goals in cruising to the win over the Eagles (10-6-2) in the finals of the Ed Burns Classic in Arlington.
BC High 2, Austin Prep 0 — Despite the best intentions of Austin Prep boys’ goaltender Robbie Farrell, BC High is headed back to the Buddy Ferreira Classic finals. Farrell turned aside 45 shots for the fifth-ranked Cougars in a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the top-ranked Eagles on Monday, setting up a battle with third-ranked Hingham for the championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. Michael Dragon and Thomas Kramer scored for BC High (15-2-2), Kramer’s goal 42 seconds into the third period a back-breaker for Austin Prep (13-4-3). We talk about playing in five-minute chunks, so we wanted to come out and dominate the first five minutes of the period to keep them on their heels and not let them get any momentum, BC High coach John Flaherty said. To score a goal on top of that, it’s just a bonus.
Hingham 3, Duxbury 1 — Jacob Clark scored all three goals for the third-ranked Harbormen (17-3-1) as they advanced to their first Buddy Ferreira Classic final in Falmouth since 2015. James Lawlor scored the lone goal for the the No. 7 Dragons (18-3).
Danvers 2, Masconomet 0 — Robert Prentiss (40 saves) was the difference as the Falcons (10-8-2) halted the Chieftains’ 17-game winning streak with the Northeastern Conference win at Bourque Arena in Beverly. James Carmilia and Tyler Pusca netted the goals. No. 20 Masco is now 17-2-0.
Essex Tech 3, Northeast 0 — Chris Masta had two goals and an assist for the Hawks (8-5-5) in the Mulloy Tournament semifinals in Everett.
Franklin 4, La Salle (R.I.) 3 — Junior Ray Ivers made 21 saves for the Panthers (7-8-4) in their victory in Rhode Island.
Lowell Catholic 5, North Reading 3 — Senior captain Connor Doherty scored four times for the Crusaders (9-7-3) in the first round of the Jeff Hayes Memorial Tournament at Gallo Arena in Bourne.
Marshfield 6, Weymouth 0 — The Rams (12-4-2) presented 20-year coach Dan Connolly with his 300th career win on two goals apiece from Tim Doyle and Matt Mullaney at the Bog.
Reading 2, Falmouth 1 — Sean Barbera scored the winner in the second period for the Rockets (12-6-3) in the consolation round of the Buddy Ferreira Classic in Falmouth.
Whitman-Hanson 6, Cohasset 1 — Ed Scriven netted three goals as the Panthers (10-9-1) secured their first Division 2 South tourney berth since 2013 with the win in Rockland.
Wilmington 7, Shawsheen 1 — Senior Ryan Barrett scored four goals, including a pair of shorthanded tallies, as the Wildcats (8-11) toppled the Rams.
Algonquin/Hudson 6, Oakmont 0 — Senior Christina Leonard scored two goals for the Tomahawks (11-6-2).
Archbishop Williams 5, Mount St. Charles (R.I.) 2 — Senior Nicole Hersey had a goal and two assists as the Bishops (10-7-2) qualified for the state tournament for the ninth straight season.
Bishop Stang 3, Sandwich 2 — Raquel Reis, Maddie Andre, and Sara Mullen each scored for the Spartans (12-5-1).
Canton 5, Barnstable 4 — Senior Lauren Fitzpatrick scored the winner with 27 seconds left to complete the comeback for the Bulldogs (11-3-5) in the Glenna Kohl Fund For Hope Game at the Canton Ice House.
Longmeadow 4, Mansfield 2 — Ashley Barron had a goal and an assist for the Lancers (14-3) at Rodman Arena.
Scituate 4, Hanover/Cohasset 2 — Freshman Christine Oar had a hat trick to help the Sailors (10-7-1) qualify for their first state tourney spot in five years. Scituate advances to the championship game of the Gould Memorial Tournament against Norwell in Pembroke Wednesday.Nate Weitzer can be reached at email@example.com