Defense was the name of the game for the Old Colony Cougars in a 57-56 win over Sturgis West on Friday night.

After giving up 22 points in the first quarter, the Cougars stout defense held the Navigators to just eight points in the second quarter, giving them a four-point edge entering halftime.

“They came out and played well, just took it to us,” said Old Colony head coach Matt Trahan. “Our kids are great. They don’t get down on themselves. They just hang in as a team.”

After exchanging blows through the third and fourth quarters, Old Colony found itself with the lead after making a basket with four seconds remaining on the clock. Sturgis West then in-bounded the ball, but was unable to get a good look at the basket, again, because of the swarming defense of Cougars.

“Down the stretch it went back and forth. We forced them to foul us and put us at the charity stripe,” Trahan said. “I want to give credit to the assistant coaches, they did an exceptional job of getting the team through it and helping get the team a win.”

Jake Jason scored a team-high 28 for the Cougars, who also got 11 points from Hunter Soares and 10 from Jeff Becthold.

Old Colony (5-3)

Hunter Soares 11, Zach Soucy 6, Tony Wright 2, Jake Jason 28, Jeff Becthold 10

Sturgis West;22;8;14;12 — 56

Old Colony;14;12;15;16 — 57

3-pointers: Soares 3, Jason 1

Next: Old Colony hosts Norfolk County on Monday at 2 p.m.

New Bedford 78, Weymouth 44

Lamarr Antone was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time and provided an energetic spark that allowed the Whalers to play with the pace that head coach Brian Rudolph has been looking for. Antone finished with eight points and nine steals. "The energy he brought right away was contagious," Rudolph said. "We fed off his energy from the start of the game and went from there." ... Kolby McCoy had his biggest game of the season, scoring 15 points and pulling down 17 rebounds. ... Elijah Diaz led the team with 16 points thanks to four 3-pointers, Elias Perez scored 13 and Damany Conde chipped in with 12.

New Bedford (5-2, 0-1 Big 3)

Elijah Diaz 16, Lamarr Antone 8, Damany Conde 12, Trae Rezendes-Cross 6, Jovani Garcia 2, Elias Perez 13, Barron Hilton 2, Kolby McCoy 15, Isaiah Robertson 2, Kenny Franklin 2

Weymouth;9;7;12;16—44

New Bedford;20;20;24;14—78

3-pointers: Diaz 4, Perez 1

Next: New Bedford hosts Charleston at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Seekonk 52, GNB Voc-Tech 46

Once again, the Bears kept it close but couldn't come up with the win in the clutch. ... Voc-Tech led by five heading into the fourth quarter and were within three with 15 seconds left. "We started out on fire and played well in the third quarter," coach Jeff Wildrick said. "Our legs went away. We just ran out of gas." ... Brennan Rosa led the Bears with 14 points, while Caleb Moniz scored nine. "I was happy with Caleb," Wildrick said. "He's a junior with a lot of talent. Today, he came alive. He looked good." ... Seekonk was led by 19 points from Jacob Beard.

GNB Voc-Tech (1-8, 1-4 SCC)

Shane Poitras 8, Ryan Robichaud 2, Colin Wildrick 9, Caleb Moniz 9, Gabe Abolarinwa 2, Brennan Rosa 14, Ronaldo Diakite 2

Seekonk;15;8;12;17—52

GNB Voc-Tech;15;11;14;6—46

3-pointers: Rosa 3, Moniz 1, Poitras 2

Next: The Bears host Dighton-Rehoboth on Tuesday.

Old Rochester 53, Fairhaven 52

The Bulldogs are figuring out how to win the close ones after beating GNB Voc-Tech by three on Thursday. "We're finding ways to be successful down the stretch," coach Steve Carvalho said. "We have to keep working on things. Fairhaven came in and worked hard." ... Jake Asiaf had a key steal and free throw to break a late tie. ... Cole McIntyre led three Bulldogs in double figures with 12 points, while Bennett Fox had 11 and Matt Brogioli added 10. McIntyre added six rebounds and four assist, while Fox had five boards, four assists and four steals. ... Fairhaven was led by Josh Nobrega's 20 points, while Jarod Larocque added 14 and Matt Mitchell hit a trio of 3-pointers.

Old Rochester (8-1, 4-1 SCC)

Cole McIntyre 12, Jake Asiaf 8, Bennett Fox 11, Noah McIntyre 1, Fitzpatrick 9, Matt Brogioli 10, Sam Hartley-Matteson 2

Fairhaven

Josh Nobrega 20, Dominic Ibrahim 4, Jarod Larocque 14, Matt Mitchell 9, Cam Sauve 3, Greg Centeio 2

Fairhaven;11;8;22;11—52

Old Rochester;15;10;18;10—53

3-pointers: McIntyre 2, Fox 1, Fitzpatrick 1

Next: The Bulldogs host Bourne on Tuesday.

Dartmouth vs. Bridgewater-Raynham

The game was suspended with B-R leading 17-12 late in the first quarter due to water on the court from a leaky roof. ... A makeup date to resume the game has not been set yet.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

New Bedford 56, Sandwich 51

Chiron Rose made five three-pointers en route to scoring a career-high 26 points to help lead the Whalers to a non-conference win on the Cape. ... Erin Rezendes added 10 points and Monica Eires chipped in with nine. Both made three treys.

New Bedford (4-5, 0-1 Big 3)

Erin Rezendes 10, Janice Leao 4, Kyara Almeida-Sylvia 7, Monica Eires 9, Chiron Rose 26.

New Bedford;16;8;10;22 — 56

Sandwich;14;12;9;16 — 51

3-pointers: Rezendes 3, Almeida-Sylvia 1, Eires 3, Rose 5

Next: New Bedford hosts Fairhaven for a 1:30 p.m. non-conference game on Monday.

Westport 44, Holbrook 27

Freshman Jessica Carney recorded her second-straight double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Laila Silver added 12 points, five assists and six steals in their Mayflower Comprehensive opener. ... The Wildcats pulled away in the second half after leading by four at the break. ... Westport was scheduled to host West Bridgewater at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, but the game has been postponed due to condensation on the floor which forced the suspension of the Wildcats' boys game in the third quarter on Friday.

Westport (4-3, 1-0 Mayflower Comprehensive)

Laila Silver 12, Leah Sylvain 3, Dakota Acevedo 2, Jessica Carney 15, Madison Martins 6, Caelin Molloy 4, Ashlie Thatcher 2

3-pointers: Silver 1, Silvain 1

Next: Westport hosts Avon on Friday

GNB Voc-Tech 53 , Seekonk 45

After giving up single digits scoring numbers in the first three quarter of play, the Bears sweat it out in the fourth quarter, giving up 20 points, but scoring enough themselves to take the win. … “Their defense was pretty good tonight, we didn’t take care of the ball and got into foul trouble,” said GNB Voc-Tech head coach Mike Prior. “They kept making shots and kept it close. We just ended up making more baskets in the end.” ... Jayda Fortin led the way with 16 points and Lynsey Ramos chipped in with 13.

GNB Voc-Tech (3-4, 1-1 SCC)

Lynsey Ramos 13, Kylie Morin 7, Tianna Bulgar 8, Mia Madison 2, Ali Macklin 2, Sarah Duarte 5, Jayda Fortin 16

GNB Voc-Tech;14;8;13;18 — 53

Seekonk;7;7;9;20 — 45

3-pointers: Forton 2, Moran 1

Next: GNB Voc-Tech hosts Bishop Stang on Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Apponequet 46, Wareham 29

Led by Marlie Chapin's 14 points and 11 from Sophia Gaucher, the Lakers stayed undefeated in the South Coast Conference. ... Wareham got 14 points from Gabby Lafrancois. ... “We came right out of the gates and got into foul trouble,” said Wareham head coach Dave Brogioli. "They did a great job defensively. They played well, they shot the ball well, they played good defense. The outcome was not what we wanted.”

Apponequet (6-2, 4-0 SCC)

Marlie Chapin 14, Sophia Gaucher 11, Abigail Lauzon 2, Victoria Shields 6, Kylie Ducharme 3, Lea Seablom 9

Wareham (4-2, 2-2)

Grace Cerrato 3, Gabby Lafrancois 14, Maddie Pinkston 7, Ryan McSherry 1, Cienne Fernandes 4,

Apponequet;13;6;10;7 — 46

Wareham;5;6;7;11 — 29

3-pointers: Apponequet - Chapin 3, Shields 2, Gaucher 1, Ducharme 1, Seablom 1, Wareham - Lafrance 1

Next: Wareham hosts Fairhaven on Tuesday 6:30 p.m.

BOYS SWIMMING

Bishop Stang 100, New Bedford 74

Dmitry Gauntt was a quadruple winner for the Spartans, winning the 100 butterfly (57.53), the 100 freestyle (53.41), and was part of the winning 200 medley relay with a time of 1:55.76 (Patrick Clark, Luke Earl and John Egger) and was also part of the winning 200 freestyle relay with Zac LaPalme, Drew Kelly and Ethan Rapoza (1:38.73). … Clark also won the 200 individual medley (2:21.92), Kelly won the 200 freestyle (2:04.58), Caleb Hughes won the 1-meter dive (215.50), qualifying for his very first state meet, and Gage Ramsden, who finished second in diving, qualified for his very first sectionals meet. … Egger also won the 500 freestyle (5:30.81). ... Cam Sylvia was the lone winner for the Whalers, winning the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.77. … New Bedford (2-4) travels to face Coyle-Cassidy at the Taunton Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ... Stang (6-0) swims at Bishop Feehan on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Bishop Stang 99, New Bedford 66 5-1

Angela Brillantes was a winner of four events for the Spartans, winning the 200 individual medley (2:21.42), the 100 butterfly (1:01.64), and was part of the 200 medley relay with Jeannette King, Ali Ramsden and Jenna Silva with a time of 2:01.65 and was also part of the winning 200 freestyle relay with Ramsden, Emma Flanagan and Samantha Silva (1:54.12). … King also won 50 freestyle (25.48). … Ramsden won the 100 freestyle (1:01.40), Flanagan won the 500 freestyle (6:10.99) and Lainey Braun won the 1-meter dive (170.60). … Ana Curry was the lone winner for the Whalers, winning the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:11.21. … New Bedford (1-5) travels to face Coyle-Cassidy at the Taunton Boys & Girls Club on Tuesday at 4 p.m. ... Stang (5-1) swims at Bishop Feehan on Wednesday at 4 p.m.