The fourth time was the charm for the Winthrop Vikings. After ending their season with a loss in the Division 4 North sectional finals for the last three consecutive years, the Vikings finally broke through and won the Division 4 state championship with a 58-55 win over Cohasset on Tuesday afternoon.
ďNo one expected our team to win the state championship,Ē Winthrop coach David Brown said. ďI knew we have been competitive at times, but to be the Division 4 state champions is unbelievable. These kids arenít the most talented group Iíve ever coached, but they work just as hard as anyone Iíve ever put on the floor.Ē
The Vikings (19-6) had big nights from senior center Anthony Hatzisavas (16 points) and junior forward Joe DíAmore, who finished with 15 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter.
The game was a see-saw affair right to the end, as the Vikings led at the end of the first quarter, 16-9, but dipped during the second quarter to finish the half tied with the Skippers (22-3) at 23.
Cohasset came out pressing hard in the third quarter, but the combination of Hatzisavas and junior forward Quinton Dale proved unstoppable, as the two combined for 12 of Winthropís 17 points in the quarter.
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