The Swampscott boys basketball team ended a six-game losing streak with a 51-48 win over Everett Tuesday night.
Andrew Augustin led Swampscott with 19 points and grabbed five rebounds. Jackson Byrne logged his first career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds). Max Pegnato added eight points and Jake Goldman led the defense.
“In practice we talked about rebounding and getting back in transition,” Swampscott coach Justin Fucile said. “We really focused on those two things. We also needed to work on our offense. We ran our sets over and over. They did a good job moving the ball. Everyone was involved touching the ball and crashing the boards. That’s what we need to do if we want to win any more games the rest of the season.”
Swampscott (5-8) hosts Winthrop Friday (7).
“Winthrop’s going to bring a huge challenge Friday night,” Fucile said. “We don’t want to bring a big let-down after a huge win. We want to defend our court.”
Classical 61, Malden 40
At Classical, the Rams were led by 16 points from Jeff Hill and 11 from Dyrrell Rucker. Brandon Summers added 10 points and five assists off the bench.
Classical (9-5) travels to Medford Friday (7).
New Bedford 80, St. Mary’s 78
The Spartans dropped a non-conference game on the road. Jalen Echevarria scored 31 points (seven 3-pointers) to lead the charge. Ademide Badmus (14), Joey Abate-Walsh (10) and Sammy Batista (10) also reached double-figures.
The Spartans (15-1) host Arlington Catholic Friday (6:30).
Salem 65, Peabody 58
Salem’s Isaiah Williamson led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Bobby Jellison scored 15 and Tommy Beauregard added 10.
The Witches (12-2) host Revere Friday (7).
Kyle Morfis led Peabody with 19 points. Chris Canela (15) and Joangel Lugo (12) also reached double-figures.
The Tanners (6-8) visit Marblehead Friday night. Peabody needs four wins in its final six games to qualify for states.
“We have to keep battling,” Tanners coach Thad Broughton said. “We’ve played some good teams really tough.”
Saugus 65, Medford 62
Christian Correia led the Sachems to their first NEC win of the season with 26 points. Joe Lusso scored 13 points, Mason Nickolas added eight and Jake Morgante logged seven points with eight rebounds.
“This is a big win for this program,” Saugus coach Mark Bertrand said. “We haven’t beaten a Division 1 team since 2012 when we beat Everett on the road. Medford’s a good team. They came off a big win against Everett. We played pretty well against English last Thursday and I think that helped us for this game. We had three good days of practice and it paid off.”
The Sachems (2-11) host Somerville Thursday (7).
Winthrop 56, Marblehead 54
Chris Castro’s basket at the final buzzer gave Winthrop its fourth win. Chrono Washington led the Vikings with 20 points and Cam Conway scored 16.
“It was a great high school basketball game,” Winthrop coach David Sacco said. “It was great to be a part of. It was a good win for the program. Hats off to Marblehead. Mike (Giardi) does a good job with them. It was back and forth the whole fourth quarter.”
The Vikings (4-9) visit Swampscott Friday (7).
For Marblehead, Billy Ackerman scored 19 points, including the game-tying basket with 14 seconds to play. Devin Romain contributed with 10 points.
“All our kids really worked hard,” Magicians coach Mike Giardi said. “It was just one of those games where we came up a little bit short.”
Marblehead (2-9) hosts Peabody Friday (7) during its senior night.
Catholic Memorial 77, St. John’s 62
The Eagles were led by 16 points from Will Batchelder and 10 from Noah Thomas. St. John’s (7-7) visits Xaverian Friday (7).
Classical 56, Malden 24
Jean Gupton-Morrison led Classical with 10 points on her 17th birthday.
“We were able to get 13 kids in the game 11 kids in the scorebook,” Classical coach Tom Sawyer said.
Classical (9-5) hosts Swampscott Thursday (7).
Fenwick 44, Lowell Catholic 33
Elizabeth Pica logged a double-double at 13 points and 12 rebounds. Annie Murphy followed with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Crusaders (7-5) host Cathedral Friday (6:30).
Peabody 58, Salem 14
Oluchi Okananwa led all scorers with 22 points. She also swiped eight steals and grabbed six rebounds. Other contributors were Emily Carney (four points, four assists), Georgia Leon (four points) and Jonalyn Carpenter (two points, six rebounds).
“We took control early in the game and we never relinquished it,” Peabody coach Stan McKeen said. “We played good defense and that was the big thing in the first half. We made it difficult for them to get shots off. I’m pleased.”
The Tanners (12-1, 10-0 NEC) travel to Saugus Wednesday (5:30).
“That’s going to be a tough game,” McKeen said. “Saugus is a good team.”
Saugus 53 Medford 35
Jillian Ricupero scored a career-high 14 points and Alessia Salzillo scored 12.
The Sachems (8-6) host Peabody Wednesday (5:30).
“Peabody’s a good team,” Saugus coach Mark Schruender said. “We just need to play our game and be focused. The kids know how to do that. It’ll be a tough challenge.”
Marblehead 60, Winthrop 41
The Magicians shook a slow start to earn the win.
“It was a real good game,” Marblehead interim coach Paul Moran said. “We started slow. We were down 17-0. Winthrop’s very talented. I give our kids a lot of credit.”
Emily Clough led the way with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Mady Lowy (16 points) Darcy Sullivan (10 points, five rebounds) Maddie Erskine (nine points) and Bridgette Gable (seven points, six assists) also made key contributions.
The Magicians (7-7) visit Peabody Friday (7).
Austin Prep 94, Fenwick 71
The Crusaders end their regular season at 5-1. Sophia Lumino placed first in both the 50 freestyle (24.69) and the 100 freestyle (55.59). Analiese Jezowski qualified for sectionals and states in diving.