ABOUT LAST NIGHT . . .
■ TechBoston and New Mission will meet for the fourth time this season in the Division 2 South boys’ basketball final on Saturday after both took home victories in the semifinal round on Thursday night in Taunton. Fifth-seeded New Mission (21-4) needed overtime to vanquish eighth-seeded Whitman-Hanson (18-7), 79-70, after letting a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away. Jaheed Allen-Paisley poured in 7 of his 8 points in the extra period and junior Abubakar Aden (20 points) hit six of his nine 3-pointers for the Titans . . . In the nightcap, second-seeded TechBoston (21-2) ran away with an 83-57 win over sixth-seeded Scituate (18-5). The Sailors were unable to match the Bears’ speed, with Shamar Browder (25 points) and Lyron Bennett (23 points) leading TechBoston.
■ The lone girls’ hoops game of the night was a D2 South semifinal with second-seeded Hingham dismantling sixth-seeded Old Rochester, 52-36. The Harborwomen (20-3) played shutdown defense and got big nights offensively from Grace Bennis (20 points) and Ryley Blasetti (14 points). Hingham faces Patriot League foe Pembroke (19-4) in the sectional final on Saturday.
■ On the ice, eighth-seeded St. John’s Prep needed late heroics to defeat fourth-seeded Andover in the Division 1 North boys hockey semifinals, 4-2, at Tsongas Arena in Lowell last night. Ryan Hart scored the winner for the Eagles (13-7-3) with two minutes to go before Patrick Moran’s empty-netter sealed the win . . . Prep will face Winchester in the sectional final on Monday night after the third-seeded Sachems (16-7) also required a third-period surge to get past seventh-seeded Billerica, 4-2. Ryan McCarthy was credited with the winning tally after his pass across the top of the crease caromed into the net off a Billerica player . . . It will be an all Tri-Valley League final in Division 3 South after upsets by 11th-seeded Hopkinton (15-6-2) over tenth-seeded Coyle & Cassidy, 7-0, and ninth-seeded Ashland (15-5-3) over fourth-seeded Bourne, 4-3, in the semifinals at Gallo Rink in Bourne . . . In D3 North, Lowell uprooted the Lynn co-op by a 6-1 final getting strikes from six scorers at Chelmsford Forum.
■ In girls’ hockey, third-seeded Methuen/Tewksbury (20-1-1) made a statement with a 7-1 win over Peabody thanks to a four-goal, two-assist performance from senior Julia Masotta in the Division 1 quarterfinals . . . On the D2 side, it will be a Bay State conference semifinal between top seed Walpole and fifth seed Wellesley after both teams took home thorough victories Thursday. The Rebels (18-3-1) got a big night from freshman Liv Brooks (2 goals, 2 assists) in a 4-1 win over ninth-seeded Matignon in Woburn while the Raiders (15-4-3) took down fourth-seeded Norwell for the second straight year in the quarterfinals, 6-1, at Warrior Arena in Brighton.
TONIGHT . . . TONIGHT
■ Fifth-seeded Newton North (20-5) and second-seeded Mansfield (21-4) do battle in the Division 1 South boys’ basketball final at 7:30 p.m. in Taunton, one of three D1 sectional finals on Friday. In the Central, fifth-seeded Algonquin faces second-seeded Acton-Boxborough (20-2) while Springfield Central and Putnam match up out West . . . In Division 4 North, second-seeded KIPP Academy (17-5) and ninth-seeded Pope John (15-8) face off in the sectional final at 8 p.m. in Tewksbury.
■ Over in girls’ hoops, the same four divisions are in action with the Division 1 South final tipping off at 5:30 p.m. in Taunton. Fourth-seeded Needham (18-5) is fresh off an upset over top-seeded Bridgewater-Raynham, but faces an equally tall task in third-seeded Braintree (19-4). The Wamps won both regular season meetings by a combined 19 points. In D1 Central, third-seeded Franklin (20-2) takes on top-seed Wachusett (22-0) at 8 p.m. in Worcester while Chicopee Comp and Springfield Central meet in the D1 West final . . . Top-seeded Fenway (15-1) and second-seeded Matignon (18-2) meet on their long-awaited collision course in the D4 North final at 6:30 p.m. in Tewksbury.
■ Boys’ hockey is idle today. There are a trio of quarterfinal matchups on the girls’ side, starting with a D1 showdown between Central/West foes, 15th-seeded Shrewsbury and 7th-seeded Longmeadow, at 4 p.m. in Worcester. Another D1 clash pits fourth-seeded Andover (18-2-1) against fifth-seeded Franklin (17-2-2) at 7 p.m. in Woburn . . . Over in D2, 15th-seeded Falmouth (13-7-2) looks to keep their run alive against seventh-seeded Notre Dame-Hingham (14-5-2) at 7:30 p.m. in Bourne’s Gallo Arena.Dan Shulman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @DanielRShulman.