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St. John’s moves onto basketball district championship

By Chris Wraight, Contributing Writer

St. John's High School's Adham Floyd (#14, with ball) is double teamed by St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School's Jamal Smith (#2, left) and Sean Sweeney (#41, right).

St. John’s High School’s Adham Floyd (#14, with ball) is double teamed by St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School’s Jamal Smith (#2, left) and Sean Sweeney (#41, right).

Worcester – The boys’ basketball Massachusetts Central Division 1 semi-final game featuring the second-seeded St. John’s High School Pioneers playing the third-seeded St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School Guardians took place at the Harrison Auditorium on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute March 2.

The first period saw St. John’s with a small lead, 15-13.  In the second period, St. Peter-Marian took a 32-26 lead into the half.

In the third period, St. John’s roared back, and again held a scant lead of 47-44 at the end.  The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the fourth period, with the Guardians clinging to a 54-52 lead with 3:56 remaining.  With 15 seconds to play, the two teams were tied 59-59 each but after a block by the Pioneer’s Adham Floyd, his teammate Charles Murray made two clutch free throws with just under eight seconds left to give St. John’s the win, 61-59.

For their eighth consecutive year, St. John’s will take on Franklin High School for the district championship at a future date and place (not determined at press time).

Photos/Chris Wraight

St. John's High School's Drew Vittum (#42, with ball) goes for a layup as St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School's Makai Ashton-Langford (#3, left center) defends.  St. Peter-Marians' Greg Kuakumensah (#21) is at left while St. John's' Charles Murray (#45) is to the far right and Davon Jones (#25) is behind Vittum.

St. John’s High School’s Drew Vittum (#42, with ball) goes for a layup as St. Peter-Marian Junior-Senior High School’s Makai Ashton-Langford (#3, left center) defends. St. Peter-Marians’ Greg Kuakumensah (#21) is at left while St. John’s’ Charles Murray (#45) is to the far right and Davon Jones (#25) is behind Vittum.

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