Tyler Nelson’s hot shooting carried the top-ranked boys’ Central Catholic basketball team over Springfield Cathedral, 72-66, last night in the Spalding Hoophall Classic at Springfield.
Nelson was right at home in Springfield College’s Blake Arena, knocking down five 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points.
With 50 seconds left, the sophomore connected on a 25-footer to put the Raiders up by 4 in what Central Catholic coach Rick Nault called, “the biggest shot of the game.’’
Nelson went back and forth with Springfield Cathedral’s Lou Garcia, who also hit five 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 23 points.
“There was a point late in the second where they were going basket for basket,’’ said Nault. “They were guarding each other, so you could see them kind of feeding off one another.’’
Central Catholic (8-0) led by just 1 entering the half, 32-31, and struggled against the offense of Springfield Cathedral (7-2).
The Raiders’ offensive depth proved too much for Springfield Cathedral in the second, with Shawn McCoy (14), Joel Berroa (11), and Doug Gemmell (10) joining Nelson in double figures.
“The guys were excited to play [at the Hoophall Classic],’’ said Nault. “The last few trips there, we’ve lost. So that was something we talked a lot about. It was nice to get out of there with a solid win.’’
The Hoophall Classic, which features some of the top high school teams in the nation, continues through Jan. 16.
King Philip 75, Avon 32 - Jake Layman (19 points, 16 rebounds) and Tykei Hallman (15 points, five blocks) led the Warriors on the road.
Whitman-Hanson 62, Silver Lake 56 - Dondre James scored 13 of his team-high 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Panthers improved to 4-4 (3-2 Patriot Keenan). Junior Tucker Bouchard put up a game-high 24 points for the Lakers.
Norwell 57, Hull 33 - Nick Bolpe led all scorers with 19 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds for the visiting Clippers.
Madison Park 65, Snowden 42 - Amber Edwards scored a game-high 22 points and twin sister Krystal put up 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinals.
Latin Academy 53, West Roxbury 21 - The Dragons (5-2) were led by Joey Fillipides (14 points) and Virginia McCaughney (10 points, 15 rebounds).
Chelmsford 3, Waltham 2 - Jesse Lye led the Lions with two goals and an assist.
Westford 2, Concord-Carlisle 0 - Freshman goalie Kerry Pouliot recorded her third shutout of the season to lead the Grey Ghosts (6-1-1).
St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 95, Xaverian 88 - Peter DelMastro won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.28 and 500 freestyle in 5:01.44 to lead the Pioneers (4-1)as they qualified for the state meet in those two events.
Girls’ indoor track
Franklin 60, Attleboro 35 - Lauren Hagen won the 1,000-meter run for the Panthers in 3:04.7.
Peabody junior Catarina Rocha was named the Gatorade Massachusetts Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year, qualifying her for the Gatorade National Girls’ Cross-Country Runner of the Year award.