WORCESTER, Mass. -- We're live from the DCU Center, where the MIAA is crowing six state champions in basketball. Here's how the action has played out so far:
Division 3 Girls
The Sachems led 29-17 at the break, and never looked back as they won their first girls basketball state title in school history. Freshman Kelsie McNamara came off the bench and hit some pivotal three's -- just as she did Tuesday night at the Garden -- scoring 13 of her 14 points in the first half, to give them the lead.
Sarah Higgins led Pentucket with 22 points, including a 14-of-16 effort from the free throw line. Pentucket also held a 33-30 advantage on the glass.
Junior forward Shyanne Wellington recorded a double-double in the loss for Sabis, with 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs committed 24 turnovers in the loss.
Division 3 Boys
Nick McKenna was on fire in the fourth quarter for Danvers, as the Falcons outscored St. Joe's 21-10 in the final frame to win their first state championship in school history. In all, McKenna scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half.
The Northeastern Conference has now won a state championship in basketball each of the last two seasons. Winthrop won the Division 4 title last year, beating Cohasset 58-55.
Division 2 Girls
Junior Olivia Healy was the star of the show for Reading, coming up with 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Rockets captured their first state title in school history. Reading never looked back from a 37-17 halftime deficit to come away easily with this one.
Melissa DalPozzo also scored 10 points and eight rebounds in the win. It's the first championship for Reading coach Kim Penney in her 14 years at the helm.
Division 2 Boys
In arguably the upset of the day, Mahar opened the game up with a 17-3 run and only surrendered the lead twice, albeit for spurts. Jesse LaCroix led the Senators with 16 points, while Phil DiPhillipo chipped in with 12.
This is the first basketball state championship for Mahar in school history, and the second Division 2 title by a Western Mass. squad in the last three seasons. Before Sabis' state title win over Falmouth in 2010, the last Western Mass. squad to win was Wahconah Regional in 1987.
Division 1 Girls
Holyoke took a 27-25 lead into the break, but as usual the Golden Warriors owned the fourth quarter to put this one away. Nicole Boudreau led the way with 31 points, and finishes her career at Andover with exactly 2,200 points.
Andover becomes the team in more than 15 years to three-peat as Division 1 girls champions. The last squad to do it was another Merrimack Valley Conference squad, Haverhill (1994-96).
Division 1 Boys
Springfield Central 67, Brockton 46
Brockton led 27-20 at the half, but fell victim to a ferocious second half from the Golden Eagles. After the Boxers went up 35-34 midway through the third quarter, the Eagles outscored them the rest of the way, 33-11. Leading the way in that explosion was unsung junior guard Cornelius Tyson, who scored 16 points, all of them in the second half -- including four 3-pointers.
For Central, this is the school's first Division 1 state championship since 1991, when they beat Everett by nearly the same margin (19). It is the program's third state title overall -- the Eagles also won it in 1987.