(Boxford MA) Masco coach Bob Romeo told his team afterwards, “if you play the way you did tonight you can play with anyone in Division 1 North.”
Hard to disagree after seeing his D1 Chieftains dominate Pentucket in the second half and take a 56-43 win on Friday night.
The Sachems (17-3) have the best record in Division 2 North.
Masco (15-5) lost to Pentucket in January (39-27) but played with much more poise this time around.
“We knew what this team (Pentucket) was capable of doing,” said Mak Graves (19 points) after the game. “We practiced hard to be ready for them.”
In the first meeting, Masconomet took a 17-11 lead into the second half and then stumbled through a 10-point second half.
Mak Graves (19 points) gets away from Maddie Doyle
This time around Pentucket had a 21-18 lead at halftime and it was the Chieftains pleasing the home crowd with a 38-point second half.
With the scored tied, 26-26, three minutes into the second half, Mak Graves took over. The flashy junior put a jump shot, a three (from Cally McSweeney), and two free throws together. Pentucket had just a free throw (Angelica Hurley) during this three-minute segment. Masco had separation, 33-27.
The game was far from over. Early in the 4th quarter two free throws and a Jess Galvin three (from Maddie Doyle) had the Sachems down four, 39-35.
Later, a layup by Angelica Hurley (15 points), a free throw (Anna Wyner), and a three by Angelina Yacubacci (16 points) and Pentucket was within one possession, 44-41, with 3:50 remaining.
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