ABOUT LAST NIGHT
■ Two-time Division 1 finalist Franklin fell at home to fifth-seeded Algonquin, 63-60, in the D1 Central 1 boys’ basketball quarterfinals after a strong fourth quarter from senior captain Sean Cullen. Ten of his 12 points came in the final eight minutes as the Tomahawks (17-4) took control with a 9-2 run to start the frame . . . Abdoul Barry had 21 points and 11 boards to lead second-seeded KIPP Academy (16-5) past 10th-seeded Bishop Fenwick, 58-42, in the Division 4 North quarterfinals. The Panthers, making their first MIAA Tournament appearance, await Saturday’s winner of Lowell Catholic and Georgetown . . . In Division 2 South, No. 3 Hanover (18-3) narrowly defeated 14-seed Milton, 56-53, setting up a third meeting with Patriot League rival and sixth-seeded Scituate (17-4) . . . And in D1 South, top-seeded Brookline (22-2) survived a scare from eighth-seeded Catholic Memorial, taking a late lead on a Matt Price 3-pointer.
■ In girls’ basketball, fourth-seeded Pembroke (17-4) hosted its first playoff game in a packed gym, taking down Patriot League rival Duxbury, 60-45, in the first round of the Division 2 South tournament behind 22 points from senior Jayne Howe . . . In Division 1 North, third-seeded Central Catholic (18-4) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to defeat Billerica, 46-45, and punch its ticket to the semifinals against Friday’s winner of Peabody/Haverhill . . . And in Division 4 South, 16th-seeded Cohasset (12-10) pulled off another upset against fellow South Shore League foe and eighth-seeded Mashpee, 46-45. Freshman Sara Cullinan nailed the go-ahead basket with nine ticks remaining to set up a semifinal matchup with the winner of Friday’s Westport vs. Carver contest.
■ On the ice, seventh-seeded Catholic Memorial (13-7-1) took down Archbishop Williams, 1-0, behind Will MacNeil’s first-period strike. The Knights face second-seeded Needham in the Division 1 South boys hockey quarterfinals . . . In D1 North, eighth-seeded St. John’s Prep (11-7-3) routed Westford, 7-0, in a first-round game in which 14 different Eagles recorded a point.
■ Lexi Schmalz had a natural hat trick for 20-seed Needham (13-6-2) in their Division 1 girls’ hockey preliminary round victory over Reading. The Rockets will face fourth-seeded Andover at the John A. Ryan Arena on Saturday at 5 p.m.
TONIGHT . . . TONIGHT
Here are the marquee matchups for Friday night’s slate of 58 total games across the Commonwealth:
■ Boys’ hardwood action is headlined by a pair of Division 1 North quarterfinals as top seed Lynn English (18-2) hosts eighth-seeded Lawrence (15-8) and two-seed Lowell (20-3) hosts seven-seed Lynn Classical (15-8). Both games start at 7 p.m. . . . The D4 North quarterfinals feature defending state champ Pope John (13-8) going for an upset at top-seeded Mystic Valley (17-3) at 7 p.m. . . . And in D4 South, eight-seed Abington (16-7) is looking to upset top seed Blue Hills (18-3) in Canton at 6:30 p.m.
■ In girls’ basketball, Division 1 North has a pair of strong quarterfinals. Fourth-seeded Andover (17-4) hosts fifth-seeded Reading (17-4) while second-seeded Peabody (20-1) takes on seventh-seeded Haverhill (16-5), with both games tipping off at 7 p.m. . . . In D1 South, all four top teams are in action with quarterfinal matchups all starting at 6:30 p.m. Top-seeded Bridgewater-Raynham (20-1) hosts eighth-seeded King Philip (14-7) and third-seeded Braintree (17-4) faces sixth-seeded Mansfield (15-5).
■ With girls’ hockey idle tonight, boys’ puck takes center stage, led by D2 North top nseed Masconomet (18-2) facing Cape Ann League rival Triton (14-5-2) at 8 p.m. The Chieftains won both regular-season contests by slim margins . . . In the D3 South quarterfinals, 14th-seeded Rockland faces third-seeded North Quincy (15-5) at the Canton Ice House with puck drop scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
STORMY SATURDAY . . .
And looking ahead a day, because of the weather forecast of a snowstorm Saturday morning, the MIAA Girls’ Gymnastics State Meet at Algonquin Regional in Northborough has been pushed back three hours for a 5 p.m. start (warmups at 4) . . . and the New England Track & Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis will also have a delayed start: Infield events (3 p.m.), field events (3:30) and oval (4 p.m.). . . . and expect a number of other delays, or postponements, particularly south of Boston, on the court and on the ice.Dan Shulman can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @DanielRShulman.