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March 5, 2014

Technical foul in Central/St. John's game came at worst time

TOURNAMENT NOTEBOOK

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Prep/Central odds and ends

Lost in the Central-Prep epic? Sophomore Alec Buresh buried back-to-back three-pointers in the second quarter when Central was starved for offense.

Without them, it could have been a disastrous first half for the Raiders. ... According to the MIAA website, there will be no advance ticket sales for Saturday’s sectional finals at Tsongas Center.

Tickets are available at the door only for $12, and $7 for students and seniors.

Pinkerton eliminated

Astros 6-7 forward Luke Rosinski scored 15 points but No. 10 seed Pinkerton fell 55-43 to seventh-seeded Bedford in the first round of the Division 1 boys basketball tournament.

Morton scores 27 in loss

Senior guard Jackson Morton poured in 27 points but 18th-seeded Sanborn lost 84-46 to 15th-seeded Mascenic in the first round of the Division III boys basketball tournament.

Windham, Pelham out

The Windham and Pelham girls basketball teams both were eliminated in the first round of the Division II tournament.

Clairee Putnam tossed in 13 points while teammate Lexi Sawyer added 10 points but ninth-seeded Windham lost 43-33 to No. 7 seed Pembroke. The Jaguars lost all three games they played against Pembroke this winter.

Pelham, the 15th seed, lost 70-49 to second-seeded Hanover.

One chance at greatness

Many were asking Andover coach David Fazio for his emotions about his second trip to the Division 1 North finals in his tenure as Andover coach.

But the veteran coach was quick to deflect the credit to his players.

“It’s not about me,” said Fazio.

“It’s about these kids. They had one shot to make the North finals, and they are 1 for 1. These kids are 1 for 1 making the North title game. That is what is important.”

Future and past greatness

Andover will face a daunting task in the North final against Central Catholic and superstar guard Tyler Nelson.

In past trips to the North final, the Golden Warriors took on future NBA Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing (1981) and future NBA Rookie of the Year Ron Lee (1972).

“In my opinion, Andover vs. Central is the best rivalry in the state,” said freshman guard E.J. Perry IV.

“I love those games. Those are the best crowds. It’s going to be unbelievable. In those games, you can’t even hear yourself think.”

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