Acton-Boxborough coach Rick Kilpatrick entered last night’s nonconference game against BC High planning to use it as a test to see how the Colonials, which graduated their two leading scorers from last season, would hold up against a top-flight opponent.
Kilpatrick’s team passed the test, as the 15th-ranked Colonials knocked off the No. 7 Eagles, 60-50, behind a 16-point, 6-rebound effort by senior captain Joey Flannery.
“We just wanted to come to [McNeice Pavilion] and play hard,’’ Kilpatrick said. “This was a measuring-stick game. To go on the road against a team as talented as [BC High] and pick up a win is something we can certainly build on.
“When Sam Longwell and Wes Schroll graduated we lost 33 points a game. Flannery has done a nice job making up for that,’’ he said.
The Colonials (3-0) fell behind, 15-10, to start the game, but reeled off a 15-2 run, highlighted by two Flannery 3-pointers, to end the half ahead, 25-17. Led by Jameilen Jones, who finished with 20 points, the Eagles (2-2) cut the deficit to 4 early in the second half but never got any closer.
“Our main goal was to try to limit [Jones] and avoid giving them second-chance opportunities,’’ said Kilpatrick. “We were about even in the rebounding department, but against a team with the size of BC High, we’ll take it.’’
Seniors A.J. Gotthelf (12 points, six assists) and Jake Pilecki (11 points, seven rebounds) both had career highs in points, while Kevin LaFrancis added 15 points for the Colonials.
Latin Academy 61, Dorchester 59 - Sophomore captain Devaughn Riley finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds and sank two free throws with eight seconds remaining to lift the visiting Dragons (2-3).
Catholic Memorial 86, Franklin 60 - Matt Droney scored 26 points to lead the No. 6 Knights (4-0).
Archbishop Williams 63, Cristo Rey 37 - Brian Sullivan scored 28 points and Tim Andrea added 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 12 assists, and drew five charging calls to spark the Bishops (3-1).
Randolph 56, Blue Hills 54 - D.J. Myers banked in the go-ahead layup with 15 seconds remaining to lift the Blue Devils (2-1) over the Warriors (3-1). Marc Duverge contributed 23 rebounds.
Snowden 76, South Boston 71 - Senior guard Paul Maurice (25 points) paced the Cougars.
Chelsea 60, Greater Lawrence 46 - Kevin DeJesus and Sammy Mojica each scored 16 points to lead the Red Devils (2-1).
Plymouth South 39, Pembroke 38 - Aron Pierce scored 14 points, including two free throws with four seconds left, to boost the Panthers.
Norton 60, Ashland 41 - Senior Steven Burrill sank seven 3-pointers and finished with 27 points to lead the Lancers.
Milton 41, Madison Park 29 - The Wildcats were led by junior guard Nicki Regan (9 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists).
Chelsea 57, Greater Lawrence 39 - Senior Tatiana Fontes led the Red Devils with 19 points and junior Lindsey Fuentes recorded a triple-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists.
Norwell 58, Carver 32 - Brenna Diggins led the Clippers with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Danvers 44, Winthrop 36 - Junior guard Kasey Sherry scored 30 points to carry the Falcons (2-2).