St. John’s Prep rode a hot start to a 69-60 victory over Division 2 rival New Mission in the first round of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club Holiday Classic last night in Chelsea in a battle of defending Massachusetts state champions.
Senior Mike Carbone led the Eagles with 18 points, going 9 for 10 from the line down the stretch to clinch the win.
The third-ranked Eagles (4-0) turned in their best quarter of the season to open the game, outscoring the second-ranked Titans (3-1), 18-2.
“We defended well,’’ said St. John’s Prep coach Sean Connolly. “We knew we weren’t going to stop them one-on-one, so we made sure to concentrate on holding them to just one shot and playing solid help defense.’’
The Titans scored 20 points in the second quarter, but the Prep still carried a 37-22 edge at halftime.
“At the half we didn’t make too many adjustments,’’ said Connolly. “What we were doing was working so we just focused on trying to find more ways to attack on offense.’’
The Prep increased its lead to 23 by the end of the third.
In the final frame the Titans came alive, making a 15-5 run to cut the Eagles’ lead to 56-53 with 3:51 remaining.
However, Carbone and company were steady from the free throw line when it mattered. St John’s Prep shot 35 of 38 from the line.
Steve Haladyna finished with 14 points for the Eagles, and Freddy Shove added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
“[New Mission] was the best team we’ve seen so far this season,’’ said Connolly. “I was a bit surprised we were able to hold them to 2 points in the first.’’
The Eagles will take on Bishop Guertin (N.H.) Friday in the finals.
Wilmington 62, Tewksbury 52 - Senior forward Cole Peffer had 18 points for the Wildcats and senior Tim McCarthy netted 16.
Arlington Catholic 67, Hopedale 38 - Bob Wesoloski led the 2-0 Cougars with 15 points.
Archbishop Williams 69, Coyle & Cassidy 51 - Senior captain Brian Sullivan and Tim Andrea combined for 38 points to lead the Bishops.
Hull 50, Nantucket 28 - Seniors Paul Cardoos (17 points) and Dylan Silvestri (14 points) sparked the Pirates (3-2).
Malden Catholic 66, Everett 46 - Junior guard Kyle Sangster scored a game-high 18 points and senior forward Jared Lewis chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Lancers (1-2).
Brighton 69, Brookline 60 - Bengals sophomore forward Nick Simpson had 17 points and 10 rebounds and junior guard Theo Orichabor added 15 points and five assists.
Somerville 55, Marshfield 47 - Billy Bonnet netted four threes on his way to a 26-point night, and John Lubin chipped in 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Highlanders (3-0).
Medfield 57, Belmont 53 - The Warriors gave coach Herb Grace his 300th win.
Weymouth 75, North Quincy 72 - Damien Lugay and Connor Deegan scored 16 points each for the Wildcats. Red Raiders junior Dan Gould had a game-high 27 points.
Madison Park 76, Burke 58 - Junior forward David Stewart led the Cardinals with 19 points, 19 rebounds, and 6 steals.
Malden 55, Winthrop 51 - Junior Rodney Morton scored a game-high 25 points for the Golden Tornadoes (3-0).
Lynnfield 50, Trinity Catholic 23 - Sophomore Katherine Lawless scored a game-high 14 points for the Pioneers (3-3).
Bishop Stang 45, Case 42 - Spartans junior Morgan Lester led all scorers with 16 points.
Newton North 50, Cambridge 46 - The Tigers were led by sophomore forward Infinity Thomas-Waheed who had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Maddie Bledsoe added 12 points.
Carver 54, Middleborough 29 - Senior forward Torie O’Halloran scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Crusaders.
Hull 74, Nantucket 47 - The Pirates’ Katie Morgan had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Kelsey Diemer added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Lauren Geary scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
North Andover 2, Wilmington 1 - Junior Dan Rivet scored both goals for the Knights.
Chelmsford 4, Barnstable 2 - Linemates Drew Dawson (two goals, two assists), Tommy Bishop (one goal, three assists) and David DeDonato (one goal, one assist) fueled a late comeback for the Lions (3-0).
Marblehead 3, Masconomet 1 - Senior center Ally Healy netted two goals for the Magicians (1-2).
Natick 3, Waltham 1 - Lexi Harvey scored 27 seconds into the game to get the Red and Blue (3-1) rolling.