Westford Closes with a Win; Dracut Hits 10-victory Mark
Westford Academy led wire-to-wire and cruised to a 71-38 win over Dual County League Large rival Lincoln-Sudbury in boys basketball action Wednesday night
The win marked the end of the season for the Grey Ghosts, who finished 9-11.
Elsewhere, Lowell High trounced Lawrence, 80-51, to set up a matchup against Central Catholic for the Merrimack Valley Conference Division 1 title on Friday night in Lowell.
Senior captain Ben Lawrence had 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for WA. Juniors Declan Morse and Jake Barisano had 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Senior captain Scott Beattie knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to a 9-point, 3-steal effort.
Senior captain Ernie Barber-Mingo did not score but provided solid defense and rebounding.
The Grey Ghosts had a season-high 23 assists as a team. They led 37-15 at the half.
Junior guard Nate Siow had 22 points, 7 assists and 7 steals for the Red Raiders. Fellow junior guard Carlos Nunez added 15 points.
Deven Okowuga (14 points), Rashawn Settles (13 points) and AJ Boykai (9 points) also played well for Lowell (17-2).
The powerful Red Raiders got off to a fast start and kept extending the lead.
The Middies opened up with a 17-0 run and never looked back in winning their 10th game of the season, the program’s first 10-win season since 2010.
The Middies (10-9) were led by Mitchell Monette (16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists), freshman Adrian Torres (19 points, 5 assists), Will Peters (12 points) and Tyler Guerrero (10 points, 6 rebounds).
Junior forward Ryan Murphy had a monster night for Billerica (11-9) in the Merrimack Valley Conference loss with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks.
Aiden Deady had 15 points and 3 steals for the Indians.
Pelham (13-2) jumped out early and kept hard-fighting Lebanon at an arm’s length the rest of way.
Derek Crowley led the Pythons with 22 points, while Blake Woekel had 17 points.
On Senior Night at Tewksbury, the Redmen (4-15) trailed by six entering the fourth quarter and then came storming back to get the victory.
Sophomore guard Kalu Olu had 22 points to lead Tewksbury. Senior forward Connor Brinklow had 13 points and senior guard Brennan Rodgers added 12 points.
Greater Lowell 75
Essex Tech 66
Jose Lazu led the Gryphons with 16 points as 11 players scored.
Luis Mota and Tyler Bussey both netted 14 points for Greater Lowell (15-4), which will travel to Mystic Valley on Friday to try and secure their fifth league title in the past six seasons.
Ayer Shirley 43
The Panthers ran into a buzzsaw in Winchendon, as the hosts broke out to a 26-8 lead after one quarter.
C.J. Holmes led Ayer Shirley (3-13) with 22 points and Lucas Sargent added 12.
The Tigers broke out to a 32-18 halftime lead and rolled to the Mid-Wach victory.
Christian Beck tallied 22 points and drained four 3-pointers. Elcharis Kamuanga added 8 points and Jason Kelly chipped in 6 points. Tyler Hapenny, Phil Sutherland and Mitch Anderson all had 5 points for the Tyngsboro squad.
Senior guard Evan Cook had a huge night with 29 points and 9 assists for Groton-Dunstable (14-4).
Brian Scott had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Crusaders, while Connor Keegan had 12 points and 9 rebounds.
Shawsheen Tech 65
Senior Casey DeCost drilled six 3-pointers and scored 25 points to help Shawsheen (15-3) earn its sixth straight win.
Senior Zach Mickle had 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Ryan Quinones had 6 points and 4 steals. Every player in a Rams’ uniform scored.