For those curious of the gap between boys’ basketball divisions, Saturday’s MIAA Endowment Game between Lynn English and TechBoston provided a definitive answer.
The defending Division 1 state champion Bulldogs dominated wire-to-wire in a 77-53 victory over the two-time defending D2 state champion Bears in front of a Lynn home crowd.
While the endowment game won’t count towards playoff seeding, it provided a nice bounce back for the top-seeded Bulldogs (7-1) after they fell, 63-42, at Yankton (S.D.) over the holiday break.
“[Yankton] handed it to us, but we took the loss and learned from it,” said English coach Antonio Anderson. “This was a good test. We just wanted to have a game where our kids get it. League [play] isn’t like this. A team as gritty as TechBoston, they’re not going to quit, they’re going to be relentless regardless of the score.
“It was good for my guys to not take a break and keep playing for four quarters.”
TechBoston (4-1) kept things close by forcing nine turnovers in the first quarter, but the Bulldogs pulled away for a 40-18 halftime lead thanks to their sizable advantage down low.
With 6-foot-9 senior Jean-Baptiste Mukeba transferring from Arizona and 6-foot-6 junior Ademide Badmus transferring back to English after a year at St. Mary’s, the Bulldogs won the rebounding battle, 38-12, in the first half.
Badmus finished with 15 points, 21 rebounds, and four blocks, while Mukeba tallied a game-high 16 points with 12 rebounds and seven blocks. Badmus recorded 12 of the Bulldogs 26 offensive rebounds in the runaway victory.
“J-B was big time tonight,” Anderson said of Mukeba. “Ademide has been carrying the load, but we knew what [Mukeba] was capable of and tonight was a big step forward for him. When he’s playing like that, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Jaquan Stroud scored 12 points for TechBoston and Shamar Browder added 10 points before fouling out in the third quarter. The loss snaps TechBoston’s 22-game win streak, but won’t effect its status as the potential top seed in the D2 South state tournament.
With twin towers complementing experienced guards Jarnel Guzman (14 points), Jack Rodriguez (12 points), and Mason Jean-Baptiste (6 points, two assists), the Bulldogs are certainly capable of repeating as state champs.
But Anderson doesn’t want to hear that talk quite yet.
“If we’re still standing in March, then we can talk about last year,” Anderson said.
Quincy 56, Weymouth 49 — Junior captain Kaan Yavuz led the Presidents (1-4) with 13 points.
North Quincy 64, Pioneer Charter 38 — Sophomore Colm Geary (16 points, five rebounds, three steals) and juniors Steve Dalla (13 points) and Tyler Le (11 points) led the Red Raiders.
Marianapolis 72, Brooks 69 — Bronagh Power-Cassidy netted 23 points, Sydney Masciarelli produced 22 points, 6 assists, 5 steals, and Rachel Ullstrom had 16 points and eight rebound in the Shooting Touch Classic in Dedham.
Nantucket 39, Marthas Vineyard 35 — The Vineyarders rallied from a 6-point deficit with four minutes to play to tie the game 32-all, forcing overtime, but Nantucket prevailed in the extra session.
Needham 69, King Philip 43 — Kiera McIntyre contributed 14 points, 6 assists, 7 rebounds, and 6 steals for the Rockets (5-1) in the nonleague win. Caroline Klemm had 15 points and 10 rebounds. KP drops to 4-3.
St. Mary’s 74, Nauset 44 — The Spartans (8-1) opened the second half with a 31-2 blitz on the way to their eighth straight win. Maiya Bergdorf (22 points, 10 rebounds), Jannise Avelino (16 points, 11 rebounds), and Nicolette D’Itria (8 points, 8 assists, 6 steals) paced St. Mary’s. Gabby Torres led another great defensive effort and scored 13 as well.
Belmont 5, Lexington 2 — Senior captain Matt Brody and junior Ben Fici each scored twice for the Marauders (3-2-2) in the Middlesex win.
Catholic Memorial 2, St. John’s Prep 0 — Gavin Havens and Glen Considine scored for the Knights (4-3-2) in the Catholic Conference win at Babson College.
Duxbury 5, Silver Lake 1 — Freshman Wyatt Glass scored the go-ahead goal in the third period for the Dragons (4-1-2) and Ben Cheney, TJ Jones, Nolan Roche, and Christian Willett also tallied at The Bog.
Gloucester 3, Winthrop 1 — E.J. Field netted a pair of third-period goals as the Fishermen (2-3-2) registered their first win over Winthrop since 2008. Jack Delaney assisted on a pair of goals.
North Andover 4, Haverhill 1 — Senior Michael Hardy found the back of the net twice for the Scarlet Knights (6-2).
North Attleborough 4, Taunton 2 — Sophomore Sam Clarke, junior Charlie Connolly, and senior Dennis Morehouse scored as the Red Rocketeers (5-1-2) built an early cushion and held on for the Hockomock League win.
St. Mary’s 4, Andover 1 — Junior forward Kyle LoNigro slotted home a pair of empty netters in the final two minutes and sophomore Owen Giangrande earned his second straight win for the third-ranked Spartans (6-1).
Swampscott 5, Peabody 4 — Conor Donovan netted a hat trick and goalie Jack Russo delivered a number of late saves, including one with three seconds left as the Big Blue (5-2) pulled out the win at the O’Keefe Athletic Center. Drew Olivieri joined his brother, Louis, as a 100-point career scorer for Swampscott.
Xaverian 8, Needham 0 — Sophomore Kevin Parrish scored his first career varsity goal and junior Kevin McGrath picked up the shutout for the Hawks (4-1-2).
Watertown 4, Rockland 0 — Senior Kevin Greene picked up his third shutout of the season for the Raiders (4-2-1). Goals were scored by senior Keith Ricci, sophomore Mason Andrade, freshman Anthony Benezia, and sophomore Colin Campbell.
Burlington 3, Wilmington 2 — Junior goalie Joe Trabucco was the difference for the Red Devils (6-1) with 24 saves.
Masconomet 6, Amesbury 0 — Senior Jason Schueler scored twice for the Chieftains (5-2) and sophomore Richard Guarino added a goal and two assists.
Falmouth 7, Nauset 0 — Senior Jake McKenzie netted two goals, and junior Stone Devlin, sophomores Aaron Schlezinger, Kevin Coyne, Kyle Souza and Daren McDonald each lit the lamp as the Clippers (6-2) cruised in their Cape & Islands opener. Freshman Stephen Mello made five saves to secure the shutout in his varsity debut, while senior netminder JT Tulloch stopped 43 saves for the Warriors (1-4-1, 0-1 Cape and Islands).
Austin Prep 4, Bishop Fenwick 3 — Senior Ian Worthely scored the OT winner for the Crusaders (3-3-1) but the game will be officially recorded as a tie for MIAA seeding.
Framingham 6, Braintree 2 — Jared Shimelman struck for the pivotal third goal with three minutes left in the second period and the second-ranked Flyers (5-1-2) opened up a 5-1 lead on the way to the Bay State Conference win at Loring Arena.
North Quincy 6, Plymouth South 1 — Junior forward Mike Izzo had two goals for the Raiders (3-4-1).
Marshfield 3, Whitman-Hanson 1 — Defenseman Jon Jordan and forward Tim Doyle were the difference-makers with early goals for the Rams (2-2-2).
Lynnfield 4, Pentucket 1 — Forward Sam Pifko had two goals for the Pioneers (4-3-1).
Diman 6, Sacred Heart 4 — Forwards Karson Dias and Ethan LaForce had two goals a piece, while forward Noah Jean and defender Will Calef added two more to provide the padding necessary for a Bengals (2-3-1) victory.
Milton 2, Natick 2 — Sophomore Sean McWhinnie scored both Natick goals in the tie.
Cambridge 4, Dracut/Tyngsborough 1 — Paul Magalhaes recorded a hat trick for the Falcons, who stayed unbeaten at 6-0-2.
Upper Cape 4, Blue Hills 2 — Goals from forward Jason DiLetizia and Brendan Spinale powered the Warriors (2-3-0).
Melrose 3, Stoneham 1 — Forward Brendan Fennell had two goals, including a late empty-netter, to secure the victory for the Red Raiders (2-2-2).
Saugus 10, Lynn Classical/English — The Sachems put up seven goals in the third period to come back from a 4-3 deficit. Seniors Lorenzo Keegan (four goals) and Richie Mauro (goal, four assists) sparked the comeback, with Keegan recording a hat trick in the final frame.
Bedford 5, Metheun 1 — Senior captain James Demeo tallied three goals and an assist for the Buccaneers (5-0-2).
Bishop Feehan 4, Smithfield (R.I.) 1 — Junior A.J. Quetta scored twice for the Shamrocks (3-5).
Canton 2, King Philip 0 — Junior forward Lizzie Tassinari slotted an empty-net goal in the final minute to secure the win for the undefeated Bulldogs (7-0-0).
Concord-Carlisle 6, Central Catholic 1 — Finley Griswold (2 goals, 2 assists) and Mia McKennitt (2 goals, 1 assist) carried the visiting Patriots (2-1-2) to the MVC/Dual County Small win at the Icenter in Salem, N.H.
Franklin 1, Mansfield 0 — Junior Amanda Lewandowski scored the only goal as the Panthers (2-2-1) picked up the Hockomock League win.
Masconomet 3, Marblehead 0 — Senior goalie Molly Elmore recorded 10 saves in the shutout for Masconomet (6-1).
Plymouth North/Plymouth South 6, Latin Academy/Fontbonne 1 — Plymouth North freshman Jennifer Dierks scored the first two goals of her high school career for (2-5-1).
Reading 1, Winchester 0 — Lindsey Joyce scored the lone goal to lift the Rockets (4-1-1) to the Middlesex League win.
Wakefield 1, Watertown 0 — Sophomore goalie Abby Boudreau collected her second shutout of the season for the Warriors (4-2-1).
Wilmington 3, Burlington 2 — Junior Zoe DeRose netted two goals for the Wildcats (2-4) in the Middlesex League win at Ristuccia Arena.
Metheun/Tewksbury 5, Acton-Boxborough/Bromfield 2 — Freshman forward Riley Sheehan notched the first two goals of her career for Metheun (2-1-2).
Nobles 4, Stanstead (Canada) 2 — Emmy O’Leary scored the deciding score and freshman Brooke Manning picked up her first career goal for the Bulldogs.
Martha’s Vineyard 8, Nantucket 4 — In the programs’ first meeting as Cape & Islands League rivals, junior center Ava BenDavid scored six goals to propel the host Vineyarders (1-3-2) to the win in Oak Bluffs.
Matignon 3, Arlington Catholic 1 — Freshman Tia Picardi logged a hat trick for the Warriors (4-3) and freshman goalie Danielle DeJon earned the win in her first career start.
Methuen/Tewksbury 5, Acton-Boxborough/Bromfield 2 — Freshman forward Riley Sheehan notched the first two goals of her career for the Rangers (2-1-2).
Arlington 5, Woburn 1 — The Spy Ponders (4-1-1) capitalized on three scores in the first period for the Middlesex League win.
Williston Northampton 2, Lawrence Academy 1 — Holy Cross-bound senior Bryn Saarela and junior Sydney Wegner led the scoring for the Wildcats and sophomore Natalie Stott picked up the win in goal.
Brookline 3, Weymouth 1 — Gabi Boyd and Nina Luby scored power-play goals for the Warriors (1-5-0).
Falmouth 4, Bishop Feehan 0 — Ryann McDonald had a pair of games for the Clippers (4-1).
Natick 2, Milton 1 — Forwards Jacqueline Poulack and Abby Beigel picked up goals for the Redhawks (5-2-0).
Belmont 2, Lexington 2 — Junior Emma O’Donovan and senior captain Katie Guden notched third period goals to even up the score for the Marauders (4-1-1). Freshman Bridget Gray had 26 saves on the night.
Ursuline 6, Oakmont 0 — Senior co-captain Mary Kate Rusnok had two goals on the night, while junior goalie Lucy Reardon notched her third shoutout of the season. The Bears (6-0) remain undefeated on the season.
Greater Lowell 85, Bishop Fenwick 85 — Meredith Yuhasz registered three first-place finishes (200 medley relay, 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke) and Audrey Waldinger won two races (200 medley relay and 100 breaststroke) for host Greater Lowell.
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