Apponequet 73, Seekonk 72
Junior Tyler DeMelo hit a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining for host Apponequet to break open a game that had gone back and forth all night. The Lakers then held strong defensively on three consecutive possessions and, despite committing a turnover and missing free throws, secured a South Coast Conference win.
DeMelo finished with 21 points, Eric Kuto had 17 points, 6-foot-6-inch center Jordan Goetz added 16 points and 15 rebounds, and senior captain Matt Jablonski scored 14 points and had 15 rebounds for Apponequet (6-3, 5-3).
The Warriors jumped out to a 21-9 lead, but the Lakers came back to tie the game at 34 at halftime.
‘‘Right now any team can win a game, it’s coming down to the last possession every night no matter who you’re playing,’’ said coach Lakers coach Jim Cabucio of the tight conference standings. ‘‘We’ve really been beating each other up all season.’’
The teams are set for what should be an exciting rematch in Seekonk on Saturday.
Greater Lowell 57, Northeast 65
As time was winding down in Wakefield, the Gryphons found an open Kevin Ma in the corner. Ma faked a 3-pointer, took two dribbles toward the hoop, and pulled up and knocked down a 12-footer for a 1-point lead.
Ma scored 6 points in the final frame and finished with 16.
‘‘[Kevin] was hurt earlier this season but seems to be settling into his game,’’ said first-year coach Joe Kane, whose team improved to 4-6.
Westford 75, Newton South 61
Senior captain Mark Cornelius led the Grey Ghosts to a comfortable home win, scoring 26 points and grabbing 17 rebounds.
The 13th-ranked Grey Ghosts are now 10-1 and guaranteed a spot in the state tournament.
Peabody 110, Swampscott 76
Senior captain Brittani Atkinson broke Peabody’s girls’ career scoring record with 515 points. The previous mark of 515 was set in 1994 by Leanne Gallagher.
The four-time Northeastern Conference All-Star’s biggest asset is her versatility between the lanes, said longtime coach Ken Leawood.
‘‘[Brittani’s] so versatile that she probably could have set the scoring record earlier, but she put the team before her own personal goals and raced in the relays that we needed her in the most.
‘‘She’s an incredibly hard worker. If she’s in the lead she never gets caught and if she’s not, she’ll battle right till the end.’’
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