Mansfield accomplished all four of its goals this season: get to the tournament, win the Hockomock Kelley-Rex league title, finish the season with the highest seed and win its tournament games. Unfortunately for the Hornets, they lost an overtime thriller to Putnam in the Division 1 state final.
The teamís efficiency and depth this season proved Mansfield, which is only graduating five seniors, to be the top team in Eastern Massachusetts and finish No. 1 in the Globe's final boys' basketball Top 20.
Brighton, Division 2 state champions, capped off an incredible season winning its first city and state championship in school history, moving up from No. 7 to No. 2 since last monthís poll.
After beating the sixth-ranked North Andover twice in the regular season and taking down top-seeded St. Johnís Prep in the state quarterfinal, Andover closed the year at No. 4.
Danvers finished ranked eighth after edging No. 19 Marthaís Vineyard at the TD Garden en route to its second consecutive Division 3 state title.
Milton, which lost to No.13 Scituate in the Division 2 South sectional final, came in at No. 18 after winning four tournament games.
The Division 4 state champs, Bishop Connolly, closed it out at No. 20.
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