North Middlesex’s Samuel Heller puts up a shot in fourth-quarter action at Fitchburg High.	SUN/JOHN LOVESun staff photos can be ordered by visiting
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The Westford Academy boys basketball team saw a 12-point fourth-quarter lead evaporate, but the Grey Ghosts held on to nip Boston Latin, 50-49, during a Dual County League thriller.

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Elsewhere, Concord-Carlisle, Chelmsford, Littleton, Acton-Boxboro, Tyngsboro and Lowell were winners.

Westford 50

Boston Latin 49

Dan Cornelius (17 points, 5 rebounds) and Patrick Coffey (10 points, 5 rebounds) hit big shots down the stretch to swing the game back in Westford's favor.

Nick Fiorillo (13 points) and Luke Moran (4 points, 10 rebounds) also played well for Westford (9-7, 3-2 DCL Large).

Bishop Fenwick 68

Shawsheen Tech 61

The Rams lost by 20 to Fenwick during their first meeting, but Shawsheen was much more competitive at home in the rematch.

Shawsheen (3-11) couldn't overcome a 37-point effort from Matt Costello, however.

Senior Jared Pinette collected 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead ST. Also starring were junior Kelly Skelton (11 points, 11 rebounds) and freshman Sean Hines (6 points, 2 assists, 2 steals).

Concord-Carlisle 66

Waltham 54

Senior guard Jamir Henderson scored 15 of his team-high 29 points in the 1st quarter and C-C (12-1) cruised to a DCL win.

Senior center Blaine Taylor chipped in with 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Patriots. Senior guard Jon Dor had 11 points and 7 assists.

Nashoba Reg. 51

Groton-Dunstable 36

Nashoba opened the game on a 12-0 run and never looked back.

The Crusaders tried to keep it close, trailing 25-18 at the half, but could not keep up in the second half.

Corey Romich led the Crusaders (7-9, 6-4 Mid-Wach B) with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists, while Bobby Flanagan added 7 points off the bench.

Chelmsford 74

Lawrence 67

The Lions won a tightly-contested game for their 10th victory of the season, qualifying them for the state tournament in the process.

Jackson Gamer led the Lions with 23 points, while Voshon Holmes added 19 points and 5 assists, and Matt Kuda chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds.

The Lions led 32-29 at the half.

Fitchburg 53

North Middlesex 42

The Patriots only trailed at halftime, 21-18, but host Fitchburg ran away in the second half.

Richard Sharp claimed 13 points to pace North Middlesex (6-10, 2-8 Mid-Wach A). Also scoring in double figures with 11 points was Tyler Thomas.

Littleton 68

Ayer-Shirley 42

The Tigers received a game-high 16 points from Travis Bassett during their victory in Ayer.

Littleton (11-4, 8-1 league) rolled out to a 33-13 halftime lead. The Tigers also received strong offensive games from Nick Fontanella (11 points) and Mike Wilson (10 points).

For Ayer-Shirley (7-6, 5-4), Anthony Burwell scored 7 points, one more than teammates Chris Patano, Ryan Richard and Mike Banchs.

Acton-Boxboro 52

Bedford 50

During a spirited Dual County League contest in Bedford, the visiting Colonials earned a narrow win.

Sparking Acton-Boxboro with 13 points was Nnamdi Odokwu, who added 16 rebounds.

Allister Williams scored 22 points in the Buccaneers' losing effort.

Melrose 62

Wilmington 46

James O'Regan had 13 points, and Ryan McEvoy knocked down 4 3-pointers for 12 points in the loss for Wilmington (2-13).

Tyngsboro 63

Oakmont 48

Tyngsboro (13-2) trailed briefly in the third quarter but rallied for another double-digit victory.

Junior forward Austin Coene had 20 points and 7 rebounds for the Tigers. Paul Sickinger had 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Ben Foley and Drew Hurynowicz each had 10 points for THS.

Lowell 58

Dracut 45

Lowell improved to 9-8 and needs just one more win to qualify for the state tournament.

Senior guard Andre Ruff had 16 points and 5 rebounds for the Red Raiders. Sophomore guard Sean Bryan filled the stat sheet with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.

Dewayne Thomas had 7 points and 9 rebounds, while freshman Eddie Alcantara had 7 points, 9 rebounds and 6 blocks. 

Dan Zabbo had 16 points for Dracut, which fell to 1-14.

Freshman Michael Odiana had 10 points, while junior guard Ty Bassett had 7 points and 5 steals.

Lowell led 28-27 at the half.

Methuen 65

Tewksbury 57

Junior guard Alex DiRocco poured in 25 points, but Tewksbury (9-6) fell short in this MVC contest.

Justin Nobrega hit double-figures with 11 points for Tewksbury.