Jameilen Jones scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half to lead BC High over Catholic Conference rival Catholic Memorial, 61-59, last night at McNeice Pavilion.
After trailing, 35-24, at the half, the second-ranked Eagles rallied behind Jones and Charles Collins (12 points) to pick up a statement win over the third-ranked Knights.
“We just persevered.’’ said Jones. “We’ve been working hard in practice and we had a lot of confidence. It was a rivalry game, so that just added a little bit more to the game, too.’’
Jones scored 14 of the Eagles’ 21 points in the final frame, including going 5 for 7 from the line to help keep BC High on top late.
“In the fourth quarter the crowd really got into it and we were just feeding off of them,’’ said Jones. “I just let the game come to me. I wasn’t trying to force anything.’’
Matt Droney finished with a team-high 21 points for the Knights.
“We know that [Droney’s] a terrific 3-point shooter and that can be a killer,’’ said BC High coach Bill Loughnane. “We just tried to make him put it on the floor, work for everything he got. He’s a good player.’’
After Oderah Obukwelu (9 points) hit a free throw to give the Eagles a 61-59 edge with seven seconds remaining, Catholic Memorial was shut down by the Eagles defense, which ranks tops in the conference, allowing just 47.2 points per game.
The Eagles (9-2) take over sole possession of first place in the Catholic Conference at 4-0, while the Knights (7-2) fell to 3-1.
King Philip 68, Foxboro 38 - Senior guard Jake Layman had 18 points, 15 boards, and 5 blocks for the Warriors (8-1).
Mansfield 79, Attleboro 49 - Freshman forward Brendan Hill had his first career double-double, with 18 points and 10 rebounds (and 5 blocks) for the No. 17 Hornets (7-3).
Westford 69, Waltham 54 - Seniors Alex Preckol (23 points) and Matt Ellis (20 points, six 3-pointers) helped the Grey Ghosts (11-2) qualify for the postseason.
Rockland 65, Harwich 43 - The Bulldogs (10-1) qualified for the tournament for the 40th time in 43 years.
Boston Latin 77, Wayland 54 - Junior forward Miles Wright had 25 points and Jack Duggan added 22 points for the 15th-ranked Wolfpack (12-1).
Andover 82, Dracut 47 - Senior guard Nicole Boudreau had 30 points and 10 rebounds to the top-ranked Golden Warriors (11-0).
Scituate 71, Madison Park 40 - Senior center Shannon Brady had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the No. 11 Sailors (8-0).
Shawsheen 54, Lynn Classical 30 - Junior guard Ari Medeiros had 13 points to lead the Rams (8-1).
Pope John 42, Cathedral 23 - Shooting guard Shannon Sholds scored 14 points to lead the Tigers (10-1), who clinched a berth in the state tournament.
Franklin 53, North Attleboro 40 - Catie Phelan scored 22 points for No. 12 Franklin (9-0).
Braintree 67, Needham 48 - Paige Marshall (15 points), Taylor Russell (15), Molly Reagan (14) and Ashley Russell (13) helped keep the fourth-ranked Wamps (9-0) undefeated.
North Quincy 62, Plymouth North 54 - Taylor McKay had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, for the Red Raiders.
Belmont 67, Watertown 58 - Katie Leinbach had 25 points and eight rebounds for the Marauders.
Somerville 69, Malden 24 - Indira Evora with 11 points, 3 steals, and 3 assists to lead the Highlanders (5-5).
Newton North 60, Framingham 39 - Sophomore Infiniti Thomas-Waheed had 22 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 steals for the Tigers (7-3).