It may or may not happen but with every win, possible becomes more probable that, for the first time in memory, two area teams could go into a final regular-season showdown game with perfect 19-0 records.

That scenario got a little brighter following Friday night’s action when Bishop Stang ran its record to 17-0 with a 74-70 win at Coyle-Cassidy and, in the process, locked up the Spartans’ third-straight Eastern Athletic Conference championship. Meanwhile, Apponequet remained unbeaten with a 68-36 thrashing of visiting Bourne to improve to 16-0. With a win at Dighton-Rehoboth on Sunday (Apponequet won the first encounter 81-48), the Lakers will enter the week at 17-0 and would await their opponent in the SCC crossover game on Friday night. As champions of the SCC Blue (Large) Division, Apponequet will play either Case or Wareham for the overall conference championship on Friday. Case and Wareham will make up a postponed game at Wareham on Monday night, with the winner claiming the Gold (Small) Division title and taking on the Lakers Friday night, most likely in Lakeville.

Should Apponequet prevail it would end the week at 18-0 and, barring a major upset, Bishop Stang would also end the week at 18-0 with a win over Bishop Connolly on Saturday.

Both the Lakers and Spartans close out the regular-season at the inaugural Mitch Kuliga Tournament in Lakeville, a two-night affair that would pit Bishop Stang against Wareham in the opener of a Presidents’ Day doubleheader while Apponequet is pitted against Martha’s Vineyard in the second game. Should Bishop Stang and Apponequet win their openers, they would stretch their unbeaten records to 19-0 and set up a first regular-season finale of undefeated area teams in memory on Feb. 21 in the tournament championship game.

Stay tuned.


Through Friday night's games

Information includes current ranking, (last week’s ranking), school and (record)

1 (1) - Bishop Stang (17-0)

2 (2) - Apponequet (16-0)

3 (4) - Old Rochester (14-3)

4 (3) - New Bedford (11-4)

5 (6) - Wareham (11-5)

6 (5) - Old Colony (13-5)

7 (8) - Fairhaven (7-9)

8 (7) - Westport (7-9)

9 (9) - Dartmouth (5-11)

10 (10) - GNB Voc-Tech (1-16)


APPONEQUET: Andy Johnson became the first male to score 1,000 career points at Apponequet since Chris Rose finished with 1,073 points in 1997. Johnson needed 20 points to reach the milestone going into Friday night’s home game against Bourne and got all 20 in the opening half before retiring to the bench in a 68-36 Lakers’ romp. With exactly 1,000 points, Johnson heads into the final four regular season games of his career 168 points behind Dave Donnelly who ended his Lakers’ career as the school’s all-time male scoring leader with 1,168 points. Having qualified for the postseason tournament, the Lakers are assured of at least one additional game giving Johnson as least five games to surpass Rose, Ken Costa (1,075), Curt Paradis (1,109) on the all-time scoring list and, depending upon how far the Lakers advance, possibly allow Johnson to take aim at Donnelly’s all-time mark which was set in 1995. Stacey Conant is the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,343 points. ... His per-game average has dipped a little but Adam Seablom remains on a roll, having scored in double figures in all 16 games to date.

BISHOP STANG: The Spartans wrapped up their third-consecutive Eastern Athletic Conference championship with a four-point victory at Coyle-Cassidy Friday night thanks, in big part, to the three-handed monster attack of Damien Perry, Malik Morris and Justin Lopes. The trio combined for 55 of the Spartans’ 74 points and all three were in double figures for the 11th time in 17 games, including the last three. Over the last four games, Perry (22), Morris (14.5) and Lopes (14) are accounting for 50 of the team’s average of 75.5 points. … While those three have been scoring in twin digits on a regular basis, the other two starters — Sam Golden and Dijaun Chumack have missed scoring double figures a combined seven times this season by one or two points. … The Spartans will close out the home portion of their regular season schedule next Saturday night with a 6:30 (varsity start) game against Bishop Connolly.

DARTMOUTH: The Indians were officially eliminated from tournament consideration following Friday night’s home loss to Old Colony League rival Bridgewater-Raynham. The loss was the ninth straight for the Tribe, who fell to 5-11. Four games remain on the schedule, including the final two at home this week against GNB Voc-Tech on Monday night and Friday night against Sandwich. The season wraps up with a pair of games at the Somerset Tournament on Feb. 19 and 20. … Tajuan Estrella became the first Dartmouth player to score 20-or-more points in a game this season with 24 in Friday night’s loss to B-R.

FAIRHAVEN: Back on Jan. 23, the Blue Devils were 3-7 and listing badly as they barely kept their tournament-qualifying hopes alive. But with four wins in their last six games, the team has improved their overall record to 7-9 to stay afloat and keep those thin postseason hopes alive. Coach Jason Antonio’s crew may just fall short of the dock but whether they do or not, they’ve certainly made things interesting. To qualify, the Blue Devils must win three of their remaining four games and having already beaten Bourne and Middleboro their postseason fate could come down to the final two games of the regular season at Bishop Connolly on Feb. 20 and at home against Middleboro two nights later. … The official Fairhaven book had Josh Nobrega scoring 28 points (not 30 as it appeared in Saturday’s newspaper) but, either way, it’s a season-high for a Blue Devils’ player this season and the most points scored in a game by a Fairhaven player since Cam Charette poured in 34 in the final game of the 2014-15 season. It’s the second time the junior has scored 20-or-more points this season (he scored 20 in 53-52 loss at Old Rochester on Jan. 12). Only Matt Mitchell has scored 20-or-more points in more than one game. The senior scored 21 and 23 points in two of his team’s first five games and he leads the team in scoring with 12.4 points per outing.

GNB VOC-TECH: The 39 points scored by the Bears in a 10-point loss at Dighton-Rehoboth last Monday was the lowest point total by a Voc-Tech boys team since Feb. 11, 2011, when that team dropped a 58-35 decision to Bishop Feehan. … Colin Wildrick has connected on two 3-pointers in four of his last five games. … Shane Poitras Jr. is the only Bears player to shoot his way into the 20-point club twice this season and the freshman owns the team’s individual high with his career-best 25 coming in a three-point, mid-season loss at Old Rochester. ... Sophomore Brennen Rosa (22) is the only other Voc-Tech player to score 20-or-more points in a game to date.

NEW BEDFORD: Kolby McCoy can’t seem to catch a break. Returning to the lineup after missing four games with a sprained ankle, the 6-3 senior turned his ankle again in the opening minute of Tuesday night’s Big 3 showdown battle at Brockton and was forced to sit and watch his team get blown off the court by the Boxers, 90-59, in a game that knocked the Whalers out of Big 3 championship contention. McCoy, who has had multiple double-figure rebounds in the first 10 games of the season, has played, approximately 45 seconds since Jan. 19 and how much he’ll play and be effective in the remaining five games before tournament play begins is up for debate. … Lamarr Antone, who was the team’s leading scorer as a junior last season, has strung together four double-figure point games in a row for the first time this season. … Heading into the week, Elijah Diaz trails only Jake Jason of Old Colony for the most multiple 3-point games among area area players with an even dozen. Jason has 13. ...The Whalers play their final two regular-season home games this week, Monday night against Cohasset and Friday night against Durfee.

OLD COLONY: Zach Soucy hit a trio of 3-pointers in a game for the first time this season in last Monday’s dramatic 65-64 win at Cape Cod Tech. It was the second time in the junior’s varsity career he has registered three treys in a game, the first coming during last postseason tournament on his way to 13 points in a 66-59 win over Bishop Connolly in a Div. 4 South Sectional quarterfinal round game. The latest effort led to a 17-point outburst in which he and teammate Jake Jason (33) combined for 50 of the Cougars’ 65 points. … With 11 points on Thursday (in one half) and 28 more in Friday’s win at Upper Cape, Jason is nine points shy of the 1,500 mark for his career. With two games left in the regular season and at least two more games expected between Vocational and EMass Tournament play, the 6-3 swingman should head into his senior year needing 400-or-fewer points to become the first boys’ player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point total. Karen Walsh holds the Old Colony school scoring record with 2,003 points.

OLD ROCHESTER: Matt Brogioli and Jake Asiaf have had just five double-figure scoring games between them, yet without their presence in the lineup, the 14-3 Bulldogs could still be battling to qualify for the postseason tournament instead of trying to improve their team seed. Neither player has scored more than 14 points in a game and Brogioli has done it only once. Asiaf’s season and career high is 13 points. Yet, both have reached or surpassed their average point total of five-to-six a game in rebounds and have played hard and aggressively on the defensive end. … Bennett Fox and Jason Gamache are the only two players from the same team to score double figures in every game they’ve played (based upon players who have played in three-or-more games) to date. Bennett has tallied twin digits in all 17 games and Gamache scored 12 points in back-to-back games to start the season and has been in double figures in the last eight games after missing seven contests because of injury. Bennett is averaging 18 points heading into the week while Gamache is averaging 14.1 points in the 10 games he’s played.

WAREHAM: Dom Mello’s 41 points in an 83-69 win over Classical on Feb. 3 fell just four points shy of the 45 points Aaron Strothers tallied in a 98-39 rout of Apponequet back on Feb. 13, 2000. That marked the most points scored in one game by a Wareham player since The Standard-Times began keeping records in the 1972-73 season. … Mello has nailed 18 3-pointers and racked up 107 points over his last four games, but teammate Taylor Carlson has been nearly as hot with 92 points and 16 3s over that time. … Meanwhile freshman Darien Gibson, who had connected on at least one 3-pointer in all nine games he’s shot his way into the scoring column, failed to convert from behind the arc in a five-point effort during the Vikings’ 88-62 win over visiting Fairhaven.

WESTPORT: Aiden Viveiros had the third multiple-point game of his high school career and second in a row when he scored 12 points in Friday’s 54-46 loss to Bishop Connolly. The freshman scored 10 points with a pair of 3-pointers in the 54-51 loss to Holbrook earlier in the season and had a carbon-copy-like effort (10 points/two 3-pointers) in 94-59 loss to Southeastern Voke on Jan. 22. … Nick Collins saw his consecutive double-figure point game streak snapped at 15 when he was limited to eight in the loss at home to Bishop Connolly. … With that loss, the 7-9 Wildcats must win three of their final four games to avoid failing to qualify for the postseason tournament for the first time since the 1997-98 season.

The boys basketball notebook will appear every Sunday throughout the high school regular season. Buddy Thomas can be reached at or by calling 508-979-4444.