Two Dorchester high schools have advanced to the regional finals of the MIAA state boys’ basketball championship. Third-seeded Jeremiah E. Burke takes on top seed Apponequet Regional High School today at 5:30 p.m. in Taunton in the Division 3 South Final, while Tech Boston will play Hingham High Saturday at 3:45 p.m. in the Division 2 South Final.
Burke held off Bishop Stang 67-64 in a semifinal showdown on Tuesday, led by an 11-point fourth quarter from junior guard Levar Williams. Friday evening’s matchup is a rematch of last year’s opening round upset that saw 13th-ranked Burke overcome a double-digit first-half deficit to knock off the Lakers.
This year’s Apponequet team is undefeated at 22-0 and will again enter the matchup as the favored squad.The Burke boys will look to continue to rely on perimeter offense from Williams, arguably one of the best shooters in the state, to repeat last year’s result.
Tech Boston also advanced to the final thanks to a clutch fourth-quarter performance from a junior, as forward and team captain Shamar Moore dropped 12 in the final four minutes to lead the Bulldogs past Hanover 58-47 in Wednesday’s Division 2 south semifinal.
Top-seeded Tech Boston will faceoff Saturday against number 2 seed Hingham, who have reached the regional final for the first time in program history after a win over Falmouth on Wednesday.
Tech Boston ended the regular season as City League champions with a 65-47 win over Brighton on Thursday, February 22. The Bears, led by coach Johnny Williams ended the season at 19-1. Walter Dew-Hollis, a senior on the Tech Boston team, surpassed the 1,000 points in their win over Brighton and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award after the game.
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