It’s been three years since the Watertown boys basketball team has played on the parquet of the TD Garden, but if the seeds hold up the Raiders will bound for the state semis this year.
The Raiders topped the seedings of the MIAA Div. 3 North Boys Basketball Tournament bracket, released Friday morning.
In 2014, Watertown made it to Boston for the State Semifinal and lost a heartbreaker in overtime against Cardinal Spellman. Last year the Raiders got the eighth seed and beat Ipswich in the first round before losing to North Reading in the quarterfinal. In 2015, the sixth-seeded Raiders lost in the first round to Bedford.
This year, Watertown (18-2) gets a first round bye and will host a quarterfinal on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. The Raiders may get a chance to avenge las year’s tourney loss. Before they can book a trip to Watertown, eighth seeded North Reading (13-7) must beat ninth seed Greater Lawrence (12-8).
If Watertown advances, its foes in the section semifinal will likely be either fourth seed Lynnfield (16-4) or fifth seed Whittier (15-5).
On the other side of the bracket, the top teams are second seed Newburyport and third seed Weston, both of which finished 17-3.