Pythons Tie Bow in Knots
Three players scored career-highs for the Pelham High boys basketball team and the Pythons held on for a 59-58 season-opening victory at Bow on Friday night.
Elsewhere, Lowell Catholic knocked off defending Division 4 state champ Pope John, 78-68, and Lowell High trounced St. John’s Prep in Danvers.
Senior forward Cam Loring had 14 points, while senior Devyn Tucci had 12 points and junior Matt Crowley had 11 points.
The game was tight the whole way through.
St. John’s Prep 59
The Red Raiders (2-0) passed a tough early-season test against a perennial power with flying colors, cruising to this road win.
Senior forward Deven Okowuga put up a monster effort of 28 points and 12 rebounds to lead LHS. Junior guard Nate Siow had 17 points, 8 assists and 4 steals.
Lowell dug in defensively in the second half, led by AJ Boykai. Senior captain Justin Villanueva added 8 points.
Lowell Catholic 78
Pope John 68
The Crusaders trailed the defending Division 4 state champions, 38-36, at the half, but rallied for the big road win to improve to 2-0.
Sophomore Isaiah Taylor had 21 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for LC, while sophomore Keenan Rudy-Phol had 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior Caleb Scott had 14 points and 14 rebounds.
Sophomore Sam Ortega chipped in 9 points for the Crusaders.
Mystic Valley 72
Shawsheen Tech 65
Shawsheen (0-2) trailed by 22 in the 4th quarter before coming back to make a game of it.
Senior guard Zach Mickle snred 20 points, while senior guard Mark Giordano had 19 points, including 5 3-pointers.
Greater Lowell 60
Paul Choate had a huge game for Greater Lowell with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 5 blocks, but the Gryphons (2-1) came up short.
Jacob Burk and Jerry Cruz also played well for GLT.
Chris Candor nailed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play to cap off a 4th-quarter comeback for Innovation Academy in a road victory.
The Hawks trailed by as many as 10 in the final quarter before a furious rally. Riley Lennon led all scorers with 16 and Candor had 11. Colin O’Neill and Robert McIntosh were lock-down defenders in the crucial final stanza with five steals between them.
Junior forward Ryan Murphy had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in the loss for Billerica (0-2).
Senior Jake Loftin had 8 points and 4 assists, while sophomore guard Ankeet Patel added 8 points and 3 steals.
Greater Lowell 60
The Gryphons fell for the first time in three games despite a great performance by senior Paul Choate, who rattled home 24 points and added 10 rebounds.
Luis Hertas was on the stat sheet for 8 points wile Jacob Burk played a strong game on D.
Chelsea led the CAC contest 35-31 at halftime.
Westford (0-2) trailed by as many as 18 in the second quarter against its Dual County League rival, but timely defense and charges helped to cut the lead to 6 at half.
The Grey Ghosts led, 40-36, in the 3rd quarter but a 3-pointer with 12 seconds to go by A-B’s Shea Doherty (12 points) put the Colonials over the top.
Westford was led by senior captain Adam Scaramuzzo with 15 points. Juniors Aryah Purandare (6 points, 4 rebounds) and Ayush Purandare (7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 charges taken) also played well.
Wilmington got off to a quick start in the first quarter with a 20-8 lead. But Burlington’s press in the second and third quarters put it in command of the game for good.
Stephen Anthony led the wildcats with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
Ayer Shirley 57
Jason Reynolds scored the winning layup with 26 seconds left to lift Lunenburg.
C.J. Holmes had 27 points for Ayer Shirley.
North Middlesex 36
Alban Baboci had 11 points and 5 rebounds to lead the way for NM.
Matt Haskins (7 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals) and Kyle Blaisdell (6 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) also shined in the loss for the Patriots.
Christian Beck tallied 21 points for Tyngsboro. Phil Sutherland had 9 steals and 8 rebounds for the Tigers.
Elcharis Kamuanga drilled 3 3-pointers and has 9 points for THS.