After losing to South High Friday night, the St. John's High basketball team relinquished its No. 1 ranking, but Sunday afternoon the Pioneers proved they're not ready to be crossed off the list of contenders for the Central Mass. Division 1 championship. St. John's used a balanced scoring attack and healthy dose of fundamental basketball to overwhelm crosstown rival Shrewsbury high, 71-48, at Coaches Pavilion. The Pioneers, who have won the last five Central Mass. titles, improved to 10-4, and qualified for the postseason. Shrewsbury has lost four straight and is 6-10. Any thoughts of the Pioneers being sluggish in an afternoon game following a Friday night defeat was erased quickly by senior captain Ken Harrington, who had the game's first eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Harrington, who is making his way back from an ankle injury suffered in December, finished with a game-high 18 points. Teammate T.J. Kelley added 17. Kelley scored the Pioneers' final eight points of the first half that helped stake his team to a 42-25 lead at the break. ‘‘My injury is feeling much better,'' Harrington said. ‘‘It's just a matter of getting into basketball shape. I started off the game well, but I got a little tired later on.''
St. John's (Shrewsbury) 70, Shrewsbury 48
Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Shrewsbury
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.