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Sachem boys finish with eight wins

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  Despite dropping three of its final four regular-season games, the Saugus High School Boys’ Basketball Team still has hopes of being awarded a spot in the postseason tournament. The Sachems sit on the tourney bubble with an 8-12 record to end the regular season. Losing 10 of their last 12 contests after starting off 6-2 may not look good for the Sachems in the eyes of the decision-makers either. But, as of press time, Saugus was in a position to possibly grab a play-in berth when seeds are determined.

  In the meantime, the Sachems came off a tough 34-point loss at Peabody last Thursday and nearly knocked off Masconomet last Friday on the road. But a last second three-pointer lifted Masco to a 55-53 win. As he has done a lot of lately, Tyrone Manderson led the charge offensively for Saugus with 19 points. Ben Tapia-Gately and Mark MacEachern each netted 12 points in the defeat.

  The Sachems then scored an impressive victory and gained a measure of revenge on Monday at home against Manchester-Essex. The visiting Hornets came out on top in a high-scoring 80-71 affair at Manchester-Essex back on Jan. 31. Monday’s contest wasn’t quite as wide open, but Manderson produced another strong offensive effort against the Hornets in a 65-62 Saugus victory. Manderson’s 25 points to go along with 13 from Ryan Mabee, 12 from Ryan Anderson, who drained four three-pointers, and 10 from Tapia-Gately accounted for the bulk of the Sachems’ scoring.

  The momentum of the Manchester win was relatively short-lived as the Sachems paid a visit to Swampscott on Wednesday afternoon to close out the regular season. The Big Blue, winners of 13 in a row entering the game, showed why they have been on such a roll. An array of fast break baskets, offensive put-backs and long-range shots powered the hosts on their way to a convincing 66-49 triumph. Other than Manderson, who seemed to be the only Saugus player able to hit a shot in the first half, the Sachems struggled big time with their shooting. As a result, Swampscott took advantage and plowed ahead to a 21-9 lead after one quarter. An identical score in the second quarter gave the Big Blue a commanding 42-18 advantage at halftime. The Sachems did play better as the second half wore on but were never able to pose a serious challenge.

  Swampscott finished 16-4 on the season and has won 14 consecutive games after opening the season 2-4.

Saugus’s Tyrone Manderson is shown going up for a shot against a Swampscott opponent in Wednesday’s season finale. (Advocate photos by Greg Phipps)
Saugus guard Ben Tapia-Gately is shown driving the lane in Wednesday’s loss at Swampscott.
Saugus’s Ryan Mabee looked to penetrate to the basket as teammate Max Anajjar (shown in back) looked on during Wednesday’s contest at Swampscott.

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