The Vikings and the Vineyarders are headed for a Division 3 South championship rematch Saturday.
After a fourth-quarter battle, top-seeded Wareham came out on top, 61-56, over fourth-seed Rockland to earn another date with Martha’s Vineyard in the finals.
“It was really back and forth, no team could really get a good lead,” Vikings coach Kevin Brogioli said.
Entering the final eight minutes, the Vikings (22-1) had a 41-38 lead that was reversed to a Rockland 3-point lead halfway through.
But it wouldn’t last as Wareham hit back-to-back threes. Junior guard Mason Vasconcellos hit a three to tie the game before Sam Brogioli (14 points) drained one of his own from 6-feet beyond the arc to take the lead.
“[It stole] the momentum from the rest of the game,” coach Brogioli, Sam’s father, said.
The Vikings pushed the game out of reach from the foul line, mostly in part to Darien Fernandez. He sunk his final seven of eight free throws en route to finishing the game with 26 points and eight assists.
Wareham and seventh-seed Martha’s Vineyard will tip-off in a rematch of last year’s championship game, and their fourth meeting in five years.
“They’ve always been very competitive games,” Brogioli said.
In 2012, the Vikings won 70-65 to advance to the state bracket where they lost 68-45 to Danvers, the eventual-D3 champions.
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