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No Slowing the Hot Rams Down

February 19, 2019

They were coming off a 7-13 season.

They lost their first two games this season.

Boys, girls basketball

But the Rams of Shawsheen Tech have rebounded to win 17 of their last 18 games, including a 74-39 thrashing of Austin Prep during a non-league boys basketball clash in Reading on Monday.

MIAA Tournament seedings and pairings will be issued on Friday.

BOYS

Regular season

Shawsheen Tech 74

Austin Prep 39

Shawsheen will enter the tournament with a 17-3 record after finishing the regular season on an eight-game win streak.

Senior Ryan Smith tallied 13 points and 5 rebounds. Junior Santino Garafalo made the most of his playing time, collecting 12 points and 12 rebounds in the fourth quarter alone.

Defensively, Josiah Martinez was superb off the bench.

Mansfield Roundball Classic

Lowell 66

Mansfield 57

Lowell picked up another quality win to advance to the tournament championship game as the Red Raiders topped Mansfield, which was ranked second in the state a couple of weeks ago.

Nate Siow earned 14 points, 8 assists and 5 steals for Lowell (18-3).

Carlos Nunez claimed 17 points and 5 rebounds. Deven Okuwuga produced 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Rashawn Settles added 12 points and 6 rebounds.

Lowell will face Wachusett for the title Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.

GIRLS

Mansfield Roundball Tournament

Bp. Feehan 43

Westford 33

The Grey Ghosts dropped into the consolation bracket of the tournament.

Westford Academy is 14-5 overall.

Jen Martin and Brooke Pillsbury each scored 11 points for WA. Pillsbury added 6 rebounds.

Bill Gibbons Memorial Tournament

Wachusett 56

Central Catholic 27

The Raiders ran into a Central Mass. buzzsaw during a game at host Wachusett.

Undefeated Wachusett rolled past Central, which finishes the regular season at 16-4.

Central was led by Kaylee Thomas, who tallied 8 points. Central trailed 23-9 at halftime.

Spartan Classic

Pentucket 52

Groton-Dunstable 41

The Crusaders fell in the Division 2 championship game at the tournament at St. Mary’s in Lynn.

Pentucket led 20-19 at halftime. Hannah Wynn led the Crusaders (15-5) with 16 points and 6 assists. Emma Wilson contributed 10 points. Rachel Erickson added 6 points and 3 steals.

Abby Eisenklam hauled down 10 rebounds for Groton-Dunstable, which ends its regular season Wednesday at Chelmsford.

Billerica 68

Lincoln-Sudbury 42

Billerica played well offensively in the first quarter of the Division 1 consolation game and led 19-13 after one.

Haley Reinold had 6 of her 9 points in the first frame and Madison Bonvie had 9 of her 16 points in the quarter. Billerica hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter, two by Gia Ames, who scored 8 points in the game as Billerica led at the break 36-20.

Sydney Sartell hit two 3-pointers in the third (9 points overall) and Billerica took a 55-28 lead into the final frame.

Reinold was named to the all-tournament team. Billerica finished 11-9 and awaits the seedings announcement on Friday.

Togo Palazzi Tournament

Valley Tech 51

Ayer Shirley 50

In a terrific battle between two teams with strong records, the Panthers fell by a point at Maynard High.

Mansfield Roundball Classic

Mansfield 51

Lowell 42

Despite strong efforts from Kiana Pronh and Sarah Meehan, the Red Raiders fell on the road.

Pronh and Meehan each netted 9 points for Lowell (8-12).

Regular season

Littleton 59

West Boylston 28

Led by Falynne Rzezuski, the Tigers ran away with the Mid-Wach home victory.

Rzezuski netted 18 points and also scoring in double figures was Rachel Klock, who scored 12 points for Littleton (8-11).

NDA-Worcester 57

North Middlesex 34

Despite homecourt advantage, North Middlesex fell in Townsend.

Katie Kleeman netted a team-high 11 points for the Patriots. Chipping in with 6 points apiece were Joanna Chase and Emma Chase.

North Middlesex played well in the second quarter to pull within 25-23 at halftime before NDA-Worcester pulled away in the third quarter.