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A second half surge fuels a 98-63 win, NECC men’s basketball advances to semi-finals

A basketball player shoots a basketPhoto by Daniel Henrick

Jeremiah Melendez of Lawrence lines up a three pointer in a game against Rhode Island Community College on Feb. 25.

A second half surge fuels a 98-63 win, advance to semi-finals 

In the quarterfinals of the region 21 East district playoff tournament The Knights took down Rhode Island Community college (RICC) 98-63 on Feb. 25. They advanced to face MassBay in the semi-finals of the region 21 East district tournament. 

A dominant performance from bench players, Angel Herrera of Lawrence and Phillip Cunningham of Haverhill carried the team’s offense scoring 11 and 18 Points each. Kevin Monterio and Tre Fight contributed off the bench as well. 

“We’ve been the deepest team in the region bench wise. I think I have five guys on my bench that would be starters on other teams in the region and I decided to go with them to give us a lift” said head coach Darren Stratton. 

Luis Reynoso of Lawrence recorded his 25th double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds. 

The first half was a grind never being able to create distance in the score. The Knights entered halftime with a five point lead 48-43. Seven minutes into the second half The Knights Pulled away on a 44-8 run to put the Knights on cruise control en route to their 98-63 victory.