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Basketball Roundup: Pelletier, Saugus boys defeat Chelsea

Adam Pelletier snared an air ball under the hoop and threw it back up with time running out to give the Saugus High boys basketball team a dramatic 61-59 win over Chelsea Wednesday at Saugus.Chelsea had the ball with about a minute remaining and the score tied at 59. The Sachems fouled and the Red Devils missed both free throws. Saugus got the ball back with about 26 seconds remaining, and after running the clock down, it got off what looked to be the last shot of the game. It missed everything, but Pelletier grabbed it under the basketball and put it back up as the buzzer sounded for the win.”It was crazy, Saugus coach Titus Manderson said. “The kids were really, really excited ? Chelsea is one of the top Division 2 teams. This was a great win for us.”Saugus led 35-28 at the half, but Chelsea came out on fire to start the second half and quickly took the lead. With about five minutes remaining, the Red Devils led 54-39. Manderson called a timeout with 4:44 left and it did the trick.Junior forward Dan Internicola buried a three to restart the Sachem offense and Adam Cherry, following a Saugus steal, hit a three. Saugus outscored Chelsea 22-5 in the final 4:44 with Internicola (22 points) and Cherry (17 points) each adding another three in the run. Steve Thomas and Pelletier each had eight points.Saugus (9-8) has already qualified for the state tournament by virtue of its 3-1 record against other Division 3 opponents. The Sachems play Marblehead on Friday.GIRLS BASKETBALLSt. Mary’s 65, Marblehead 22At Lynn, the Spartans (11-7) held the Magicians to only four points in the first half en route to clinching a tournament berth. At one point, St. Mary’s led 30-0. Jenna Blydell led all scorers with 12 points. Kerri Domohowski finished with nine points and six steals. Amy Bozarjian and Kayla Murkison finished with eight points apiece.”It’s the goal of every team (to make the tournament),” Spartans coach Jeff Newhall said. “To do that with four games remaining is definitely a nice feeling. It eases the pressure, and can help us to better prepare for the tournament.”

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