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MAYNARD — The undefeated Maynard boys basketball team earned a top seed in the Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament by playing superb individual and team defense. Bromfield traveled to Maynard to try to spring a major upset in the District opener, but found out that when the Tigers add great shooting to their defense, they are virtually unbeatable.

Maynard came out shooting the ball extremely well and rolled to a 29-10 lead after one quarter on their way to an easy 70-51 victory.

“We have been inconsistent all year and we were again tonight,” said Bromfield coach Tom Hill. “We played nervous early and Maynard shot the ball very well. That is not a very good combination. We committed a lot of turnovers in the first quarter, and that combined with the shooting created a big early hole.”

The Tigers were coming off a Clark Tournament Small School championship win over Sutton in which they shot the ball well, but relied on their defense to prevail. On Tuesday night, in the home confines of their own gym, they tore up the net in building a big early cushion.

The main Tiger, point guard Mike Fowler (22 points, four rebounds, four steals) set the tone with a blazing start, scoring his teams’ first eight points over the first 1:15 of the game. He converted a steal into a lay-up before burying a pair of 3-pointers. Bromfield’s lone counter over that span was a Tyler Shepherd 15-footer, and the Trojans quickly trailed 8-2. Shepherd finished off his Bromfield career in style with 20 points, nine rebounds and two steals, providing a presence in the paint throughout the game.

Shepherd finished off a drive to draw the Trojans to within 8-4, but the Tigers scored nine of the next 11 points to build a 17-6 advantage. Jason Silva hit two free throws, Peter Frank converted a steal into a lay-up, and Silva scored after hauling down an offensive rebound to make it 14-4 and force a Bromfield timeout with 5:07 left in the first quarter.

Jeff Yates scored on a drive for the Trojans, but Fowler drained his third 3-pointer of the quarter to make it an 11-point game.

Twice the quarter, Bromfield would close to within nine points, the second time when two Brian McCullough free throws made it 19-10, but Maynard finished the quarter the way they started with a run. The Tigers scored the final 10 points to lead by 19 entering the second quarter. Kyle Howes came off the bench to provide a lift during the spurt, scoring five points, including a 3-pointer.

The Trojans scored the first four points of the second quarter to draw to within 29-14. Jason Mandozzi converted a steal into a lay-up and Shepherd added a lay-up. Maynard regrouped and got back-to-back baskets from Fowler, the second a fast break lay-up off a nice pass from Peter Frank to rebuild the 19-point lead.

Jake Tyler (eight points on four of four shooting, five rebounds) scored after grabbing an offensive rebound, and Howes (14 points) buried the Tigers’ sixth 3-pointer of the half to establish the largest lead of the half at 45-18, before Bromfield’s Luke Broganer capped the scoring in the first half with a drive, as the teams went to intermission with Maynard on top 45-20.

Maynard built the big first half lead keyed by outstanding shooting. The Tigers connected on 11 of 19 two point field goals while complementing that with a sizzling six of 11 from 3-point range.

Maynard continued to play well in the third quarter. When Brian Viscariello drained a 3-pointer, and Jack Sprague followed with a conversion after an offensive rebound, the Tigers had their largest lead of the game at 59-26.

Bromfield could have packed it in but didn’t and continued to play hard until the final whistle. Shepherd finished off his strong performance with four points in the fourth quarter and hard work off the boards. Brett Keating came in and played well off the bench.

“I’m proud of the way the kids played both offensively and defensively in the second half,” said Hill. “Tyler Shepherd played very well and I thought that we did a good job of rebounding. I’m pleased that the kids never gave up.”

Silva finished with seven points and three rebounds for the Tigers, who advance to the next round where they will host University Park.

Yates finished with nine points and five rebounds for Bromfield. Nick Ashe (three rebounds, two steals), Brian McCullough and Luke Broganer each added four points. The Trojans owned a 31-26 rebounding edge in the contest.