Mota, Gryphons Motor to Victory
Luis Mota scored 21 points as Greater Lowell Tech outlasted Chelsea, 70-66, in overtime in a CAC Large School boys basketball game.
Other local winners were Westford Academy and Tyngsboro.
In other action, Pelham improved to 6-2 with a 71-42 romp over John Stark.
Greater Lowell 70, Chelsea 66
Mota was at his best when it mattered most, scoring seven points in overtime.
Paul Choate netted 12 points and controlled the boards.
Luis Huertas (15 points), Tyler Bussey (13 points) and Brian Bosia played well for the Gryphons (9-2), who lost to Chelsea by 14 points in their first meeting of the season.
Lowell 72, Lawrence 65
Junior guard Carlos Nunez and Lowell bounced back from a loss to North Andover with a solid MVC home victory over Lawrence.
Nunez netted a team-high 20 points. Nate Siow was terrific with 12 points, 6 assists and 4 steals. Justin Villanueva added 14 points, while Tyson Kong played outstanding defense for LHS (10-1).
Lawrence led 33-30 at halftime before Lowell took control in the third quarter.
The red-hot Middies rolled to another home win as they downed Methuen for their seventh win in eight games.
Freshman Adrian Torres claimed 14 points and 3 rebounds for Dracut (7-4). Also starring for the hosts were Farai Zuvaradoka (12 points), Will Peters (9 points), Danny Robichaud (6 points, 3 rebounds) and Cam McCollough (15 rebounds).
Senior captain Ben Lawrence notched 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as the Grey Ghosts topped Concord-Carlisle in a DCL game.
Adam Scaramuzzo checked in with 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals.
Ayush Purandare tallied 10 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals for Westford Academy (4-9, 1-3 DCL Large).
Despite a 20-point effort by junior forward Ryan Murphy, the Indians were nipped by MVC rival Haverhill.
Junior forward Shawn Colby contributed 11 points and 7 rebounds. Also starring for Billerica (6-5, 3-3 MVC) were junior guard Aiden Deady (11 points) and sophomore guard Ankeet Patel (10 points, 3 assists).
PMA Methuen 60
Nashoba Tech 53
Junior Jose Soba came up big for Nashoba Tech with a team-high 21 points, but the Vikings fell in Westford.
Senior Nate Psilopoulos and senior Sam Poston both added 10 points for the Vikings.
Senior Christian Beck collected 18 points, drained two 3-pointers and dished out 4 assists to fuel host Tyngsboro to the Mid-Wach win.
Phil Sutherland claimed 11 points and Chris Ausiello added 10 points for the winners. Jason Kelly chipped in 9 points.
For Littleton, Austin Lynn led a balanced offense with 9 points. Luke Elliott (7 points) and PJ Barbella (6 points) also tried to keep the Tigers in the game.
Lynn Tech 48
Senior Casey DeCost, who netted six treys, scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half as Shawsheen Tech built a commanding 42-2 halftime lead en route to posting its eighth straight victory.
Junior Jalen Massengill tallied 18 points, 4 blocks and 4 rebounds for the Rams (8-2).
North Middlesex 54
The Patriots trailed 16-6 after one quarter and couldn’t recover in Gardner.
Will McCarthy (12 points) and Alban Baboci (11 points) both reached double figures for NM.
Brian Scott drained a clutch 3-pointer to force overtime, but host Westboro pulled away in OT in a battle of strong Mid-Wach B teams.
Scott finished with 21 points. Evan Cook led the Crusaders (9-2) with 23 points.