Wareham boys hoop earns first round bye in tournament, Upper Cape Tech earns playoff spot
WAREHAM — The Wareham High School Vikings boys basketball team has qualified for the state tournament, earning a first-round bye and scoring a home game on Friday, March 4 against the Matignon Warriors for the MIAA state tournament.
The first game is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Wareham High. The team was seeded number nine in division 4 play.
The Vikings will begin their tournament run hot off a winning season. The boys basketball team finished the regular season 15-7, with a conference record of 12-3. The team won the South Coast Championship on Feb. 18 in a close away game against New Bedford Voc Tech where the Vikings finished 67-54.
The next closest team to Wareham’s record in the South Coast Conference is Seekonk, with an overall record of 8-12 and a conference record of 4-9.
As of Feb. 24, the Vikings were tenth in the MIAA’s power ranking of Division 4 teams.
The Vikings have come away from the state championship tournament with the top title before. In 2010, the Vikings beat New Leadership Charter School of Springfield 80-57 to snag Wareham’s first-ever state championship.
Now the Vikings look ahead to take on Matignon, which has a conference record of 17-2.
Upper Cape Tech will play a preliminary-round game against McCann Tech in North Adams on March 1 at 5 p.m.