Warriors top Rams 67-63 in first round matchup

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The eighth-seeded Brookline Warriors came out victorious against the ninth-seed, Marshfield Rams, 67-63 in the first round of the MIAA Division I tournament.

Marshfield won the tip-off and scored on all seven of their first possessions to build a 15 point lead against the Warriors five minutes into the first quarter. After a timeout by coach Luke Day, Brookline responded by going on a 30-3 run.

Senior Tyler Patterson’s layup at the start of the second quarter gave Brookline their first lead of the game, and senior Jack Levine extended this lead to 30-20 with a three-pointer. Brookline went into the locker room at half with a 32-25 lead.

The momentum shifted in the Rams’ favor as the third quarter began, quickly trimming the Brookline lead. A Marshfield buzzer beater to close the quarter got the Rams within six points of the Warriors.

Marshfield opened the fourth quarter with an 8-2 run, tying the game at 51. With five minutes left in the fourth, Marshfield took their first lead since the first quarter after converting on two free throws. Junior Ronan Schwarz responded with a clutch layup, tying the game at 53.

With one minute left in the game, Schwarz broke the 61-61 tie with a layup and converted on two free throws after an intentional foul to seal the 67-63 win for Brookline.

“We fought our hardest, dropped buckets, and thankfully came out on top,” said Schwarz.

The Warriors next game will be on Friday, Feb. 26 at 6:30 against #1 Mansfield in Mansfield.



Drew McCarthy can be contacted at [email protected]