The Watertown High boys basketball team may not get a chance to play on the TD Garden parquet after all this season, but the Raiders will have a chance to play for a trip to Springfield when they take on Burke in the Division 3 state semifinal on Wednesday.
The game was originally scheduled for TD Garden on Tuesday, but had to be moved due to the blizzard hitting the state. The game will now be Wendnesday at 5:30 at Burlington High School. The winner plays for the D3 state championship in Springfield on St. Patrick's Day.
This will be Watertown's second straight trip to the state semfinals after the Raiders beat Bedford at Burlington last year before falling to Hanover at TD Garden. This year's team emerged from D3 North as the No. 7 seven seed with a 44-36 victory against top-seeded St. Mary's Saturday at Tsongas Arena.
The Raiders have been dominant defensively throughout the tournament - holding each of their four opponents to 44 points or less, including three games under 40 points. St. Mary's had averaged 71 points per game in the tournament before struggling to score 36 against Watertown in the sectional final.
Burke takes a 24-2 record into Wednesday's game and is coming off a 70-62 victory against top-seeded Apponoquet in the South Sectional final. Burke has been an offensive force during the postseason with an average of 74.5 points per game and a 12.5-point margin of victory.
The winner of Wednesday's game will face the winner of the CMass/WMass semifinal between Sutton and Easthampton Wednesday night in Springfield Saturday at a time to be determined.
Scott Souza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.