LYNNFIELD’s region of the Div. 3 boys’ basketball bracket. The No. 22 Pioneers will travel to No. 11 Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m.


LYNNFIELD — Last Saturday, the matchups for the MIAA Division 3 boys’ basketball tournament were announced.

Lynnfield found out they will have the longest trip in all of Div. 3 they as they will have to travel to Martha’s Vineyard for a first round game.

The game will take place on Saturday, March 2 and will tip-off at 3 p.m.

Lynnfield will have to travel 107 miles including a ferry ride to the island.

“It is part of the deal and we have no control over the distance,” said Pioneers head coach John Bakopolus. “It should be a fun atmosphere for the kids.”

Lynnfield enters the game as the No. 22 seed with a record of 15-5. Martha’s Vineyard, the 11th seed, has a record of 14-6.

“I have seen them on YouTube,” said Bakopolus, about what he knows about them. “They are a tall, long team with some talented forwards.”

The plan for the Pioneers is to catch the 11:30 a.m. ferry to the Vineyard and take the final ferry back that evening in what will be a long day.

Lynnfield will be going nearly two weeks in between games as they wrapped up the regular season on Presidents Day when they beat Tewksbury, 60-47, at home.

On Feb. 23 they were able to host a scrimmage against Melrose, a Division 2 team.

“It was good to get a game against somebody besides ourselves,” said Bakopolus, of the 40-minute scrimmage.

The Pioneers finished in 2nd place in the Cape Ann League Kinney Division behind Newburyport as they went 12-4 in the league.