Burncoat 50, Worcester North 41

Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at Worcester

The Burncoat High boys' basketball team had a clear objective entering the season, but a 3-6 start isn't exactly the easiest way to punch a ticket to the postseason. The slow start is now a distant memory for the Patriots, who won their sixth straight game and are one win away from qualifying for the Central Mass. Division 1 Tournament. The Patriots, whose last loss came against Doherty High last month, overcame poor shooting in the first half, and blitzed the Polar bears with a key 7-0 run in the third quarter. Burncoat (9-6, 2-3) will take it first shot at a playoff spot Tuesday night when it hosts top-ranked St. John's. North, meanwhile, dropped to 1-13, 0-4. Burncoat received a monster performance from junior big man Zehmier Brown, who finished with 13 points and 20 rebounds.

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:12 a.m.

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