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Day 17: The Road to Springfield





Boys’ basketball

  Brighton — The Bengals showed in Monday night’s semifinals why they are the favorite entering Saturday’s state championship game against Nashoba Regional — making quick work of Whitman-Hanson, 94-48. All 13 players on the Brighton roster scored while most of the starters sat in the second half. Following the game, Brighton coach Hugh Coleman was very vocal in defending how his squad finished the game amidst accusations that they had run up the score: “We came into the game with full respect to Whitman-Hanson,” said Coleman. “We just played the way we try to teach the guys to play, and we do teach them when you turn around and look at the score, it is what it is. It’s not ever about embarrassing someone.”

 For the first time — Hanover Indians booked its ticket to Springfield and the Division 3 state championship game with their 46-40 win Monday against Watertown.

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  Quite the rematch — Last season, St. Mary’s broke the hearts of Cathedral on a last-second layup en route to their Division 4 state title. This season in the Catholic Central, both teams split the two games they played and will now face each other again with a trip to a state championship on the line. Minus their Garden hero from last March, 6-foot-6-inch freshman Matt Cross (leg injury), things could be scripted differently. But one thing is certain: neither team will back down.

 Beast of the East/Central — Even though Franklin plays in a EMass league (Hockomock), the Panthers — like Concord-Carlisle, Lincoln-Sudbury, Hopkinton, etc. — are now slotted in the Central bracket. And with a win in Wednesday night’s semis against Springfield Central, they coulud play either Cambridge or Needham in the state final on Saturday.

Girls’ basketball

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 Dingle spark comeback — After a lethargic first half from her Archbishop Williams squad, star point guard Asiah Dingle was the difference down the stretch in the Bishops’ 55-51 come-from-behind win over Amesbury on Monday night. Dingle missed her first five shots and committed four first-half turnovers before roaring back with 10 second-half points and five steals. The Bishops will face Hoosac Valley in Saturday’s state final.


 Arlington Catholic bounces back — After a scoreless third quarter on Monday night, AC outscored Foxborough, 18-4, in the fourth stanza to claim a spot in the Division 2 state final. Sophomore Erin Donlan (14 points) knocked down eight free throws in the final eight minutes to help clinch the win, 37-30. The Cougars will be seeking their first crown since 2014 on Saturday against Medfield.

Karl Capen can be reached at karl.capen@globe.com. Tyler Blint-Welsh can be reached at welsh.t@husky.neu.edu.


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