St. John’s takes home Central Mass. D1 championship

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By Jeff Slovin, Contributing Writer

St. John’s players celebrate with their trophy after winning the Central Mass. Division 1 championship game against Franklin.

Worcester – The St. John’s boys’ basketball team defeated Franklin 56-55 in the Central Mass. Division 1 championship game March 7, in a game played at Worcester State University.  St. John’s last won the Central Mass D1 title in 2016.

St. John’s sophomore T.J. Power kept his cool, and sunk two foul throws with 4.9 seconds remaining in the game to put the Pioneers ahead and close out the win.  The two closely matched teams battled throughout the night, each team taking turns holding on to slim leads.  Powers, along with teammate Lucas San Fratello, led the scoring with 16 points each.

The Pioneers, now 23-2, advance to the state semi-finals where they will face the West Division 1 champion.

photos/Jeff Slovin

St. John’s Beau O’Beirne drives the ball around Franklin’s Decian Walmsley.
St. John’s sophomore Malakhi Knight passes to a teammate.
St. John’s players Connor Olcott, Anthony Perron, and George Eiermann cheer on their teammates from the sidelines.
St. John’s sophomore T.J. Power reaches up to grab a rebound in the Division 1 Finals against Franklin.
St. John‘s fans show off their school spirit.
St. John’s players pose with their trophy after winning the Central Mass. Division 1 championship game against Franklin.