HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL: Pope John one step closer to a championship

A late surge has Pope John on the verge of history.

Mekhi Collins scored 23 points, while Michael Thompson piled up 14 points and 10 rebounds, to lead Pope John past Mashpee, 70-62 in the Division 4 State Semi-Finals on Monday night at the TD Garden.

Pope John closed on an 11-1 run over the final two minutes.

The win gives the Tigers (23-1) a chance to win their first state championship in school history on Saturday.

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