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Brockton clamps down on defense, edges BC High in thriller

So far this season Brockton has certainly showed its chops.

Braxton Baker scored 14 points while the Brockton defense held BC High to one field goal over the final five minutes as the Boxers overcame a late second-half deficit to defeat the Eagles, 62-57, on Saturday afternoon at McNiece Pavilion.

Brockton, on the heels of close wins over Hingham and BC High, will now turn its attention to No. 9 Lawrence.

“Our guys were very patient,” Brockton coach Manny DeBarros said. “We’ve worked on trying not to do too much. Our guys shared the basketball late. They bought in that in order for us to win against a good BC High team they were going to have play unselfish.”

BC High's Jaron Josephs, center, attempts to drive between Brockton defenders Liedson Mendes Fortes, left, and John Francois during the first quarter. Brockton pulled out a tough 62-57 win. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)
BC High’s Jaron Josephs, center, attempts to drive between Brockton defenders Liedson Mendes Fortes, left, and John Francois during the first quarter. Brockton pulled out a tough 62-57 win. (Photo by Paul Connors/Media News Group/Boston Herald)

With the game tied 56-56 and just under 50 seconds left, BC High held possession with a chance to take the lead. The Boxers’ long 2-3 zone defense, however, forced a turnover and John Francois hit a layup through contact to give Brockton a two-point advantage.

On the Eagles’ next possession, Ivan Yhomby (23 points) split a pair at the line to trim the deficit to one but Chidi Nwoso and Baker hit four free throws late around another BC High turnover to secure the victory for the visitors.

The sides traded blows in the first half with Brockton taking an early eight-point lead on the heels of Baxter before the Eagles’ Matt Draheim poured in nine of his 16 first-half points to pull BC High within 35-34 at the break.

Behind Yhomby the Eagles grabbed the lead in the third quarter as the junior guard connected on a three-point play to help push BC High in front, 46-45, going into the fourth.

“This is big for us with our schedule early on,” DeBarros said. “Braxton really stepped up. I love what he’s brought to the table. We’re just going to keep getting after it.”

Boys basketball

Avonte Lamore led a quartet of double-figure scorers with 26 points as Durfee defeated Bishop Connolly 74-57 in a nonleague contest.

Hunter Peabody scored 37 points as Austin Prep defeated St. Mark’s, 90-79.

Boys hockey

Cam Doherty scored twice as Essex Tech defeated Rockport, 6-3, in nonleague action. …

Noah Mathewson had two goals and an assist while Jack Beauregard added two goals in the third, giving St. John’s (Shrewsbury) a 5-0 win over Arlington Catholic. … Ronan Locke nabbed a hat trick as Swampscott beat Boston Latin Academy, 4-3. … Aidan Cruz tallied a goal and an assist as Dartmouth defeated North Attleboro, 4-1.

Will Norton nabbed two goals as Lynnfield topped Triton, 3-1, in Cape Ann League play.

Girls hockey

Caroline Batchelder had a goal and an assist as Archbishop Williams defeated Arlington Catholic 5-1 in the Catholic Central League.



Austin Prep 90, St. Mark’s 79

Brockton 62, BC High 57

Durfee 74, Bishop Connolly 57

Hudson 68, Dracut 54

Rivers 60, Brooks 57

St. Luke’s 57, Beaver Country Day 42


Bishop Stang 42, Dartmouth 38

Cathedral 70, States Island Academy 59

Easthampton 55, Nauset 39

Thayer 56, Middlesex 22

Wachusett 66, Westford Academy 21


MHM 138.25, MADS 129.8


Archbishop Williams 5, Bishop Feehan 3

BC High 3, Don Bosco 3

Burlington 4, Reading 1

Cambridge 6, Southwick 3

Chelmsford 3, Billerica 0

Cohasset/Hull 5, Abington 3

Dartmouth 4, North Attleboro 1

Essex Tech 6, Rockport 3

Fitchburg 4, Oakmont 1

Lowell Catholic 8, Northeast 1

Lynnfield 3, Triton 1

Malden Catholic 3, Newburyport 1

Norwell 4, West/East Bridgewater 1

Norwood 3, Ashland 0

Pingree 2, Hebron 1

Plymouth South 3, Pembroke 1

St. John’s (S) 5, Arlington Catholic 0

Scituate 5, Quincy 3

Shawsheen 2, Longmeadow 1

Swampscott 4, Boston Latin Academy 3

Tewksbury 6, Newton South 0

Wellesley 3, Brookline 0

Winthrop 3, Danvers 2 (ot)


Andover 1, HPNA 1

Archbishop Williams 5, Arlington Catholic 1

Austin Prep 3, North Yarmouth 0

Dedham 3, Westwood 2

Framingham 6, Newton Co-op 1

Gloucester 2, Medford 0

Longmeadow 1, Pope Francis 1

Needham 2, Weymouth 0

Plymouth North 6, Scituate 1

Tewksbury 3, Westford Academy 2

Thayer 5, Berwick 2

Wilmington/Stoneham 5, Woburn 1


Dover-Sherborn 93, Holliston/Medway 66


Somerset Berkley 56, Fairhaven 30


Somerset Berkley 48, Fairhaven 38


Hinghamm 55, BC High 24

Hingham 69, Stoughton 3

Hingham 59, Weymouth 24

Plymouth South 48, Sharon 33

Sharon 42, Boston Latin 39

Sharon 42, Duxbury 39

Sharon 54, Plymouth North 24

Tri-County 64, Marshfield 12

Tri-County 49, Oliver Ames 28

Tri-County 70, Scituate 12

Tri-County 51, Tollgate 23

Weymouth 36, BC High 33

Weymouth 45, Stoughton 18


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