Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Chris Doherty Scores 1,000th Point as Marlboro Holds Off St. John's (Shrewsbury) Comeback

By Jason Siegel (@jasiegel1821)

Marlborough, Mass. - Tuesday night’s matchup between the St. John’s (Shrewsbury) Pioneers and the Marlborough Panthers featured two teams trying to reach milestones.

Marlborough star senior Chris Doherty was looking for his 1,000 career point, and St. John’s head coach Bob Foley, who is already the winningest coach in the history of New England boys high school basketball, was vying for his 900th victory.

Only one of those achievements was reached on Tuesday night, however, as Doherty scored his 1,000th point early in the fourth quarter to help the Panthers hold off the Pioneers, 65-64, at Marlborough high school.

MIAA Basketball Top 25: Week 5

We've mentioned Springfield Central here before, but the Golden Eagles certainly deserve another look after knocking off both rival Springidle Putnam and D1 EMass power Newton North at the annual HoopHall Classsic.

1. Needham (6-0; Last Week - 1) Thomas Shaughnessy scored his 1,000th career point in a Rockets’ win over Braintree. Newton North looms on January 26th.

Monday, January 15, 2018

St. John's Prep Outlasts Burlington; Other Notes from Middlesex vs Catholic Conf. Shootout

By Eamon Convey (@eamonconvey)

Woburn, Mass. - Continuing a fantastic tradition of premier high school hockey on Martin Luther King Day, Woburn’s O’Brien Ice Arena hosted the Middlesex vs Catholics Shootout Monday.

In the first game of the slate, two top-5 teams in Division I met when the (#3) St. John’s Prep Eagles (6-1-1) and the (#5) Burlington High School Red Devils (9-2-1) squared off.

Despite a 2-0 lead going into the final period, the Eagles allowed the Red Devils to tie the game, before scoring their second short-handed goal of the game to secure the thrilling 3-2 victory.

“I thought we played a really strong first period,” Eagles head coach Kristian Hanson said after the victory. “That’s pretty much where (the good) ended for us today.”

O'Neil's Day Down Low Lifts St. John's Prep to Win over O'Bryant

By: Matt Feld (@Mattyfeld612) 

Tommy O’Neil knew before he took the floor that it would be his day.

O’Neil scored 22 points and hauled in 15 rebounds as St. John’s Prep defeated O’Bryant, 73-58, on Monday morning in the BABC Slides Bar and Grill Holliday Classic at Cathedral High School.

While the Eagles (6-2) struggled from the perimeter, they more than made up for it with their size and athleticism.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

AFC Divisional Round Primer (With Picks): Big Favorites

The immortal Blake Bortles will look for the biggest win of his young career this Sunday in Pittsburgh.
By Jeremy Conlin (@jeremy_conlin) and Joe Parello (@HerewegoJoe)

So, the AFC Wild Card round went about as expected. Andy Reid and the Chiefs went all Andy Reid And The Chiefs and blew an exceedingly winnable game against an inferior opponent, and Jacksonville held the Bills to 263 yards of total offense and three points.

The good news is, now we get two competent football teams that are unlikely to (a) blow an 18-point lead to a 9-7 team that had a negative scoring margin on the season and/or (b) score just three points.

The bad news is, well, we still have to watch Tennessee and Jacksonville for at least another week.

We talked about how the Wild Card round went gambling-wise in the NFC intro, but suffice it to say, it didn't really go well and we don't want to repeat it here. You can peruse the NFC Primer if you want the gory details. Here's our take on the AFC games.