Tyrese Hoxter scored Charlestown’s final 8 points, as the No. 13 Townies rallied to a 46-45 win over No. 8 BC High in yesterday’s first round of the 22d annual IAABO427/Comcast Basketball Classic in Reading. Brockton beat Cambridge in the first game, 85-55.
The Townies (15-4) survived a last-second 3-point attempt from BC High’s Jameilen Jones that looked destined for the bottom of the net before catching just enough of the front rim to rattle out.
Charlestown’s defense held the Eagles without a field goal for the first 12 minutes of the second half, as it worked to erase a 10-point halftime deficit.
“At the half, I told my guys, ‘This is our 19th game of the year and we’re getting ready for the state tournament, but you guys are playing like it’s our third game of the year,’ ’’ said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso. “I told them to go out there and show some heart and some intensity on defense and they stepped it up.’’
Hoxter finished with a game-high 28 points, and singlehandedly outscored the Eagles (13-5), 14-12, in the second half.
Brockton’s Jaylen Blakely was unstoppable in the first game of the tournament, scoring 25 points as the No. 1 Boxers cruised to an easy win.
“Today Blakely was aggressive on offense and started to look for his own shot,’’ said Brockton coach Robert Boen. “I’ve been telling him to do that all season. He tends to look for the hard pass, when all we are looking for is him to score it or make the easy pass.’’
After playing even in the first quarter, the Boxers’ outside shooters caught fire and by the end of the game everyone except one player on the Brockton roster had scored.
Sayvonn Houston, a 6-foot-6-inch senior center, finished with 11 points.
Brockton will take on Charlestown for the championship game today at 6:30 p.m. The consolation game between BC High and Cambridge is set for 5 p.m.
East Boston 61, Weymouth 41 - Quandell Bush led the Jets with 17 points and nine assists.
St. Mark’s 80, St. George’s 46 - University of Michigan-bound forward Nik Stauskas led the Lions with 22 points.
Pingree 79, Portsmouth Abbey 43 - Isaac Carp scored 30 points and added 10 assists to lead the Highlanders.
Hingham 70, Milton 56 - Senior Kevin Morris scored 24 points.
Millis 57, Bellingham 31 - The Mohawks were led by senior guard Tommy Harkey, who had 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Thayer 65, Brooks 63 - Senior guard Tommy Logue scored 20 points for the Tigers (13-9).
Bishop Fenwick 61, Cristo Rey 51 - Sophomore Dom Luoni and junior Fran Hannin each finished with 15 points and five rebounds for the Crusaders.
Reading 63, Bishop Feehan 46 - Led by junior guard Olivia Healy (29 points), the Rockets (19-0) scored 46 points in the second half and rolled in the semifinals of the Comcast Tournament.
Arlington Catholic 45, Masconomet 37 - Senior guard Emma Roberson scored a team-high 15 to lift the Cougars (18-1) over the No. 13 Chieftains (14-3) in the Comcast semifinals.
St. John’s Prep 5, Springfield Cathedral 5 - For the second straight Saturday, St. John’s Prep mounted an improbable comeback, this time scoring four goals in the last six minutes of play to escape with a tie.
Woburn 3, Reading 1 - Seniors Danny Holland (two goals) and Casey Shea (three assists) led the host Tanners.
Andover 3, Central Catholic 0 - Scott Campbell’s hat trick led the Golden Warriors to the upset.
Milton 6, Natick 3 - Sophomore Mike Davis scored twice for the Red and Blue and senior Paul Curran’s goal gave him his 100th career point.
North Quincy 6, Quincy 0 - Junior Shawn Grady had two goals and one assist and senior Tim Marks added one goal and one assist.
Boston Latin 3, Concord-Carlisle 0 - Senior forward Conal Lynch netted a pair of goals for the Wolfpack (13-2-4).
Cohasset 7, Abington 7 - Cohasset senior Alex Evans scored his 100th career point at 6:56 of the third period.
Norwood 6, Bishop Fenwick 0 - The ninth-ranked Mustangs (15-4-1) were led by Sydney MacQuilken (three goals, one assist) and Molly Newman (one goal, one assist).
Duxbury 2, St. Mary’s 2 - Juniors Gabrielle Crugnale and Kaleigh Finigan scored and goalie Lauren Skinnion played brilliant in net as St. Mary’s came back from a two-goal deficit to tie host Duxbury. The Green Dragons jumped out to a 2-0 lead on second-period goals by Hannah Murphy and Jane Dudley.
Westford 3, Beverly 1 - Freshman Sarah Lizotte had a goal and two assists for the 17th-ranked Grey Ghosts (15-2-2).
Watertown 9, Medford 4 - Senior center Erika Kelly recorded a hat trick to improve her season total to 57 goals.
Acton-Boxboro 4, Lincoln-Sudbury 1 - Eighth-grade forward Kaitlin Hoang scored twice and added an assist to lead the No. 2-ranked Colonials (17-0-2).
Lexington 4, Belmont 1 - Junior forward Jackie Denning netted two goals and Danielle Delgreco scored one.
Woburn 3, Reading 1 - The Tanners earned the Middlesex title with the win.