The charity stripe was a problem early on for Bishop Stang, but it became the icing on the cake en route to the Spartans' third-straight Eastern Athletic Conference title, which they clinched by beating Coyle-Cassidy 74-70 Friday night. They've won it outright twice and shared it with Martha's Vineyard last year.

It was a back-and-forth game during the first 24 minutes of play, with Bishop Stang getting into foul trouble early on. Coyle-Cassidy made a total of 18 free throws during the game.

“Our defense was great, we just gave up a ton of free throws,” said Bishop Stang head coach Colbey Santos.

But it was the free throws made by junior guard Justin Lopes that were the difference in the game.

After Bishop Stang missed a shot with about 30 seconds left to play, Sam Golden came down with the critical offensive rebound, reviving the shot clock and giving the Spartans an opportunity to run the clock out to end the game.

With nine seconds left a foul was drawn on Lopes, who went to the charity stripe with his team up by two points. Lopes made both of his free throws and put the game out of reach for their EAC rivals. Lopes finished the game with 18 points, six of which came from behind the arc.

“I’m proud of the way the guys battled tonight,” Santos said.

Bishop Stang (17-0, 6-0)

Justin Lopes 18, Damien Perry 25, Malik Morris 12, Dijuan Chummack 8, Eric Camacho 8, Sam Golden 8

Bishop Stang;24;17;19;14 — 74

Coyle Cassidy;17;20;17;16 — 70

3-pointers: Perry 6, Lopes 2, Camacho 1

Next: Bishop Stang travels to face Bishop Connolly on Saturday (2/17) at 6:30 p.m.

Old Rochester 63, Dighton-Rehoboth 56

The Bulldogs took a 10-point lead into the half thanks to a combined 19 points from Bennett Fox and Cole McIntyre. ... Fox finished with 19 points and six rebounds and McIntyre added four. ... "Our pressure worked pretty well," coach Steve Carvalho said. "We were changing defenses on them in the backcourt and tried to get in their heads." ... The Bulldogs locked up the No. 2 seed in the SCC crossover game.

Old Rochester (14-3, 10-3 SCC)

Cole McIntyre 14, Jake Asiaf 6, Bennett Fox 19, Jordan Mackay 1, Jake Yeomans 7, Jason Gamche 10, Matt Brogioli 6


Old Rochester;17;17;12;17—63

3-pointers: McIntyre 2, Gamache 2

Next: The Bulldogs play at Martha's Vineyard at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Wareham 88, Fairhaven 62

Taylor Carlson scored 26 points to help lead the Vikings to a South Coast Conference win over the visiting Blue Devils. ... Dom Mello also came up big with 21 points and Jamaal Sims added 18 points. ... Josh Nobrega poured in a game-high 30 points for Fairhaven. ... Wareham knocked down 15 3-pointers.

Wareham (11-5, 9-3 SCC)

Dom Mello 21, Taylor Carlson 26, Elijah McAllister 6, Jamaal Sims 18, Darien Gibson 5, Nick Perry 6, Devin Gonsalves 4, Samari Auguste 2

Fairhaven (9-6, 8-3 SCC)

Connor Rose 5, Ibrahim 3, Jarod Larocque 1, Matt Mitchell 14, Logan Berube 7, Gregory Centeio 2, Josh Nobrega 30

Fairhaven;11;13;17;21 — 62

Wareham;22;22;24;21 — 88

3-pointers: Wareham - Carlson 7, Mello 5, Sims 2, McAllister 1, Fairhaven - Nobrega 6, Mitchell 3, Rose 1

Next: Wareham hosts Case on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Somerset Berkley 72, GNB Voc-Tech 60

Frank Holland scored a team-high 19 points to lead the Bears in a South Coast Conference loss to the visiting Raiders. ... Shane Poitras added 13 points and Andrew Vinagre chipped in with nine. ... The Bears, who were in foul trouble for most of the game, were forced to use a number of players in positions they aren't used to playing.

GNB Voc-Tech (1-15, 1-11)

Shane Poitras 13, Colin Wildrick 7, Caleb 5, Frank Holland 19, Andrew Vinagre 9, Ronaldo Diakite 7

Somerset Berkley;13;18;18;24 — 72

GNB Voc-Tech;14;16;11;19 — 60

3-pointers: Poitras 2, Wildrick 2, Vinagre 1, Diakite 1

Next: The Indians play at Dartmouth on 6:30 p.m.

Old Colony 79, Upper Cape 58

The Cougars started the second half strong on both ends of the court, scoring 25 third-quarter points while holding the Rams to just two points in the frame. … “That was a huge way to come out of the locker room,” coach Matt Trahan said. “It was a testament to our team, and how bad we wanted it, because we needed this win to maintain sole possession in the Mayflower, and Friday (against South Shore Voke), we can win it outright.” … Jake Jason led the Cougars with 28 points, while Zach Soucy added 18.

Old Colony (13-5, 6-1 Mayflower)

Joel Cortes 2, Hunter Soars 5, Matt Bumpus 2, Jared Gomes 4, Ben Maurer 2, Zach Soucy 18, Tony Wright 6, Jake Jason 28, Connor Halli 2, Jeff Bechtold 10.

Old Colony;15;25;23;16 — 79

Upper Cape;17;14;2;25 — 58

3-point goals: OC-Jason 3, Soares, Soucy.

Next: Old Colony is at Case on Tuesday.

Bishop Connolly 54, Westport 46

Connor Lecompt scored 18 points, knocking down three 3-pointers, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats fell behind 15-2 after one quarter. ... Westport needs to win three of its last four to reach the tournament.

Westport (7-9)

Connor Lecompte 18, Griffin Lecompte 7, Aidan Viveiros 10, Nick Collins 8, Roberto Ferreira 3


Bishop Conolly;15;18;9;12—54

3-pointers: C. Lecompt 3, Viveiros 2, Ferreira 1


Old Colony 61, Upper Cape 31

Abby Cioper scored 20 points and Katherine Kirby added 15 points to help lead the Cougars to a Mayflower Athletic Conference Small School win over the visiting Rams. ... Savanna Halle chipped in with 11 points for Old Colony, which extended its winning streak to three games.

Old Colony (14-3, 6-1 Mayflower)

Katherine Kirby 11, Savanna Halle 11, Lauren McGowan 4, Isabel Souza 2, Emily Littles 2, Lauren Patenaude 2, Allyson Pompeo 5, Abby Cioper 20.

Upper Cape;4;4;4;19 — 31

Old Colony;15;16;13;17 — 61

3-pointers: Kirby 2, Cioper 3

Next: Old Colony returns to action on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. non-conference game at home against Case.

Westport 48, Bishop Connolly 28

After only being up by only three points at halftime, adjustments made by Westport head coach Mike Ponte pushed the Wildcats past Bishop Connolly to punch their ticket to the state tournament. … “We said at halftime that we need to start playing with a little more intensity,” said Ponte. … Laila Silver led the way on offense with a team-high 23 points and Westport forced 16 turnovers over the final three quarters. … “I am very proud of this team,” Ponte said. “If you look back two years, we don’t have a single player on our current roster that was a varsity player then. We are happy to make the tournament, but we don’t want to stop there.”

Westport (10-6, 6-2 Mayflower)

Laila Silver 23 (1), Jessica Carney 9, Leah Sylvain 5, Madison Martins 8, Ashlie Thatcher 3

Westport;7;10;16;15 — 48

Bishop Connolly;15;5;4;4 — 28

3-pointers: Silver 1

Next: Westport plays a 5 p.m. conference game at Avon on Monday.

Old Rochester 59, Dighton-Rehoboth 41

After falling behind 12-0 to start the game, Old Rochester regrouped and was able to come back and win the game. ... Cassidy Yeomans fueled the comeback with 25 points and the Lady Bulldogs also got 13 points from Meg Hughes and 12 from Mary Butler.

Old Rochester (15-1, 11-1 SCC)

Brianna Machado 3, Meg Hughes 13, Cassidy Yeomans 25, Mary Butler 12, Katherine Tracy 4

Old Rochester;10;17;17;15 — 59

Dighton-Rehoboth;14;7;8;12 — 41

3-pointers: Hughes 3, Yeomans 3, Machado 1

Next: Old Rochester hosts Dartmouth on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Bridgewater-Raynham 66, Dartmouth 29

Laura Mendell scored 16 points to finish as the Indians' only double-figure scorer in an Old Colony League loss to the Trojans in Bridgewater. ... Dartmouth needs to win two of its final four games to qualify for the state tournament. ... The win was the 11th straight for the Trojans (13-4, 4-0 OCL), who wrapped up their fifth straight conference championship.

Dartmouth (8-8, 2-2 OCL)

Lauren Valentine 8, Audrey Morin 2, Laura Mendell 16, Claire Smith 2, Jenna Rainville 1.

Dartmouth;9;5;9;6 — 29

Bridgewater-Raynham;17;19;17;13 — 66

3-point goals: D-Mendell 1

Next: Dartmouth plays a 6:30 p.m. non-conference game at GNB Voc-Tech on Monday.

GNB Voc-Tech 56, Somerset Berkley 34

Jayda Fortin had a triple-double with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals, while also adding six assists. … “She’s pushing the envelope,” coach Mike Prior said of Fortin’s play of late. “She had a triple-double once earlier this season, but this is definitely a standout situation. Especially 10 steals, you don’t see that too often.” … Sarah Duarte added 11 points for the Bears.

GNB Voc-Tech (10-7, 6-3 SCC)

Vanessa Cortes 3, Lynsey Ramos 5, Tiana Bulgar 3, Mia Madison 2, Ali Maklin 4, Sarah Duarte 11, Jayda Fortin 28.

Voc-Tech;12;11;19;14 — 56

Somerset;12;10;4;8 — 34

3-point goals: VT-Fortin 2, Cortes, Duarte.

Next: Voc-Tech hosts Dartmouth on Monday.

New Bedford 59, Sandwich 52

The Whalers were down with about five minutes to play, but coach Jordan Pina said they went on a “great run” to end the game. … “We feed off our 3-ball, and Kyara (Almeida-Sylvia) and Monica (Eires) picked us up. Kyara had an uncharacteristic game in our last game, but bounced back tonight with 18 points. If we can get 18 points from her, we’re going to be very tough to beat.” … Caroline Wilson scored 31 for Sandwich. … The Whalers are now off until Friday, when they face Durfee in a Big 3 showdown. “If we win it, we’re outright Big 3 champs,” Pina said. “If we lose, it’s a three-way tie. So there’s a lot at stake.”

New Bedford (11-7, 2-1 Big 3)

Erin Rezendes 2, Taysha Gaylor 2, Janice Leao 23, Kyara Almeida-Sylvia 18, Monica Eires 9, Chiron Rose 5.

Sandwich;16;11;10;15 — 52

New Bedford;14;13;14;18 — 59

3-point goals: NB-Eires 3, Almeida-Sylvia 2.

Next: New Bedford is at Durfee on Friday.

Coyle-Cassidy 56, Bishop Stang 34

Rylie Carreau scored 13 points in the loss for the Spartans, while Mollie Duclos chipped in with nine.

Bishop Stang (11-6, 1-4 EAC)

Mollie Duclos 9, Michelle King 5, Caroline King 5, Abby Fernandes 2, Rylie Carreau 13.

Coyle;12;12;20;12 — 56

Stang;9;12;6;7 — 34

3-point goals: BS-Carreau 3, Duclos, M. King, C. King.

Next: Bishop Stang is at Apponequet on Tuesday.

Wareham 40, Fairhaven 28

Gabby Lefrancois led the Vikings with 12 points, as they qualified for the state tournament with the win. … “We played a decent second half,” coach Dave Brogioli said. “We’re happy to get into the tournament.” … Cienne Fernandes added nine points for Wareham, while Kiara Suarez scored eight. … Ashley Leonard led the Blue Devils with nine points, while Brenna Becotte added seven.

Wareham (8-7, 6-6 SCC)

Marquise Tavares-Silva 4, Kiara Suarez 8, Gabby Lefrancois 12, Maddie Pinkston 5, Emily Nash 2, Cienne Fernandes 9

Fairhaven (5-13, 3-9 SCC)

Brie Cruise 2, Laela Pepin 2, Brenna Becotte 7, Lexi Labonte 6, Grace Pelletier 2, Ashley Leonard 9

Wareham;8;6;13;11 — 40

Fairhaven;4;7;10;7 — 28

3-point goals: W-Lafrancois 2, Pinkston; F-Labonte 2, Becotte 1; F-Labonte 2, Becotte

Next: Fairhaven hosts Bourne on Sunday; Wareham visits Case on Monday

Apponequet 32, Bourne 30

Sophia Gaucher and Lea Seablom each scored nine points for the Lakers. … “It wasn’t pretty, but we got the job done,” coach Trevor Gagnier said.

Apponequet (14-4, 12-1 SCC)

Sophia Gaucher 9, Marlie Chapin 2, Abby Lauzon 2, Abby Lens 4, Tori Shields 3, Kylie Ducharme 3, Lea Seablom 9

Apponequet;10;3;8;11 — 32

Bourne;10;7;6;7— 30

3-point goals: A-Gaucher 3, Seablom 3, Shields, Ducharme.

Next: Apponequet hosts Bishop Stang on Tuesday.