Tuesday night saw a number of District Tournament games around central Massachusetts, with a few upsets in the mix.
The thirteenth-seeded Southbridge Pioneers pulled off the night’s biggest upset with a 67-46 win over the fourth-seeded St. Mary’s Eagles in a game played at Worcester Academy. Justin Reyes led the Pioneers with 19 points while the school’s all-time boys hoops scoring leader, Jared Figueroa, picked up 14 points for Southbridge.
In Fitchburg, the fifth-seeded Monty Tech Bulldogs were also upset, falling by a slim four-point difference as the twelfth-seeded Marian Mustangs advanced with an 80-76 victory. Marian will host Southbridge on Friday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Division 4 quarterfinals.
The Abby Kelley Bears will also be in the quarterfinals after upsetting the Bay Path Minutemen, 74-63, in Charlton. The Bears will have to wait until Wednesday night to learn who their opponent will be as the second-seeded Assabet Valley Aztecs host the fifteenth-seeded Millis Mohawks at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will take on Abby Kelley on Friday night.
The third-seeded Maynard Tigers, who won this year’s Clark Tournament small schools championship, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 71-54 win over the fourteenth-seeded Blackstone Valley Tech Beavers. Maynard will host sixth-seeded Innovation Academy in the next round after that school picked up a 60-20 win over the eleventh-seeded Trivium Eagles on Tuesday evening.
In Marlborough, eight-seeded Advanced Math & Science Academy (AMSA) snuck out with a 68-66 win over the ninth-seeded Notre Dame Rebels. As a result, AMSA will travel to Worcester on Friday night to take on the top-seeded Worcester Tech Eagles.
In girls action, the ninth-seeded Leicester Wolverines pulled off a 52-30 victory over eight-seeded Innovation Academy. The win puts Leicester in the Division 3 quarterfinals with a Thursday night contest against the top-seeded Millbury Woolies. Tip-off for that game is 6:30 p.m. at Millbury High School.
In a battle of the Tigers, it was fourth-seeded Tyngsborough that topped thirteenth-seeded Littleton, 40-24.
After the boys team pulled off an upset on Monday night, Oxford’s girls team wasn’t able to defy the odds as they fell 56-30 to the fifth-ranked Northbridge Rams. Northbridge will travel to Tyngsborough for a quarterfinals game at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
The seventh-seeded Blackstone-Millville Chargers picked up a 69-57 win over the Ayer-Shirley Panthers, securing a spot in the quarterfinals. The Chargers will take on the second-seeded Sutton Sammies on Thursday evening.
The other quarterfinals contest will be the third-seeded Oakmont Spartans hosting the eleventh-seeded Notre Dame Rebels after both teams picked up wins on Tuesday night. Oakmont picked up a 46-34 win over the fourteenth-ranked Millis Mohawks, while the Rebels upset the sixth-seeded Lunenburg Blue Knights by a score of 61-44.