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St. John’s basketball team wins division title

By Chris Wraight, Contributing Writer

St. John's High School's Charles Murray (#45, left) battles Franklin High School's Quenten Harrell (#2, right) for the rebound.

St. John’s High School’s Charles Murray (#45, left) battles Franklin High School’s Quenten Harrell (#2, right) for the rebound.

Worcester – The second seed St. John’s High School Pioneers boys’ basketball team hosted the Franklin High School Panthers for the Central Massachusetts Division 1 title game March 7 in Harrington Auditorium on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The Pioneers started with a 7-0 run  and had an 18-11 lead after the first period but the fifth-seed Panthers battled back and took a brief lead in the second period, and narrowed St John’s lead to 26-25 at the half.

In the third period, both teams played sluggishly, with numerous fouls committed on both sides.  At the end, St. John’s had a 41-37 lead.  In the fourth period, the two teams battled more evenly; the game was tied 48-48 with just under three minutes remaining. The Pioneers then went on an 8-0 run; St. John’s Stefan Masciarelli sank four key free throws (including a technical foul on the Panthers’ bench) to seal the 55-48 win.

This is St. John’s 20th  Central Mass. title. The team will next meet Western Massachusetts Division 1 winner Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy in Springfield on March. 11 for the state semi-final.

St. John's High School's TJ Kelley (#33, with ball) makes a three point shot in front of the St. John's crowd as Franklin High School's Quenten Harrell (#2, left) jumps to defend.

St. John’s High School’s TJ Kelley (#33, with ball) makes a three point shot in front of the St. John’s crowd as Franklin High School’s Quenten Harrell (#2, left) jumps to defend.

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