In Division 3 boys basketball, there was just one upset on the night and it came when the eleventh-seeded Bellingham Hawks up-ended the sixth-seeded Greater Lowell Gryphons, 47-42.
In Tyngsborough, the top-seeded Tigers topped the sixteenth-seeded Lunenburg Blue Knights, 65-49.
The eighth-seeded Gardner Wildcats beat the ninth-seeded Leicester Wolverines, 72-55.
The thirteenth-seeded St. Bernard’s Saints fell 65-61 in a close game against the fourth-seeded Blackstone-Millville Chargers.
The fifth-seeded Northbridge Rams narrowly edged the twelfth-seeded Uxbridge Spartans with a 44-42 victory at home.
After pulling off an upset on Monday night, the eighteenth-seeded Oxford Pirates had a tough hill to climb in a road game against the second-seeded Sutton Sammies. It was Sutton that came out on top, defeating the Pirates 58-45.
The seventh-seeded Nipmuc Warriors beat the tenth-seeded Hudson Hawks, 66-55.
Wednesday night’s action sets up a quartet of semi-finals games slated for Friday night, though weather may necessitate an alteration to the tournament schedule. The Tyngsborough Tigers will host the Gardner Wildcats, the Blackstone-Millville Chargers will host the Northbridge Rams, the Sutton Sammies take on the visiting Nipmuc Warriors, and the Whitinsville Christian Crusaders will host the Bellingham Hawks. All four games are scheduled for 7 p.m. starts.
In Division 4 action, there was just one game to be played — a preliminary round contest between the second-seeded Assabet Valley Aztecs and fifteenth-seeded Millis Mohawks. The Aztecs came away with a 73-63 victory, propelling them to the quarterfinals, where they will host the Abby Kelley Bears at 7 p.m. on Friday.
In Division 1 girls hoops, the top-seeded Wachusett Mountaineers claimed a 78-40 victory over the ninth-seeded Acton-Boxborough Colonials in Holden.
The fourth-seeded Natick Red Hawks beat the fifth-seeded Franklin Panthers, 53-39.
The tenth-seeded Algonquin Tomahawks were cut down by the Westford Academy Grey Ghosts by a score of 75-31.
In Dudley, the Shepherd Hill Rams beat a solid Holy Name Naps club, 57-45.
The Rams will be back in action on Sunday for a semi-finals contest against the Grey Ghosts at Harrington Auditorium on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Also on Sunday at Harrington Auditorium will be a match-up between Wachusett and Natick. Game times have not yet been announced.
In girls basketball, the top-seeded Blackstone Valley Beavers rolled over the sixteenth-seeded Quaboag Cougars with a 49-19 victory at home. On Saturday night, the Beavers will take on the Whitinsville Christian Crusaders, who beat the Bay Path Minutemen 65-40 on Wednesday night.
The fourth-seeded Parker Charter Panthers edged out the thirteenth-seeded Hopedale Blue Raiders, 55-50.
The twelfth-seeded Advanced Math & Science Academy team picked up its first district win in history, toppling the fifth-seeded Norfolk Aggie Rams, 44-36.
The second-seeded Greater Lowell Gryphons beat the sixteenth-seeded South Lancaster Academy Crusaders, 54-38.
In Maynard, the seventh-seeded Tigers squeaked by the tenth-seeded West Boylston Lions with a one-point victory at 49-48.
The sixth-seeded Academy of Notre Dame Lancers fell 49-39 to University Park Campus.
In Fitchburg, the fourteenth-seeded Tahanto Stags were beat 57-33 by the Monty Tech Bulldogs, who will be back in action on Saturday night against University Park Campus. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.
Also playing on Saturday night at 7 p.m. will be quarterfinal games between Parker Charter and AMSA, and Greater Lowell versus Maynard.