Battling for supremacy in the Catholic Conference, BC High had a chance to avenge an earlier loss to St. John’s Prep Tuesday night but was outhustled down the stretch as No. 2 Prep secured a 57-43 victory in Dorchester.
Despite a few early turnovers, seventh-ranked BC High was able to match the Prep’s scoring as senior guard Charles Collins nailed a 3-pointer to tie the game at 24 at halftime.
In the third quarter, St. John’s Prep (12-0) responded with clutch shooting from 6-foot-4-inch sophomore guard Ben Judson, who drilled back-to-back long-range shots to help the visitors build a 7-point lead.
“When he’s shooting well he’s tough to stop,” Prep coach Sean Connolly said about Judson, who finished with 14 points.
BC High, which fell to 8-3, was led by captains Jameilen Jones and Collins and fought to keep it close, but Prep’s ball movement and tough defense proved to be too much. Jones had a team-high 15 points and Collins finished with 13, including BC High’s only 3-pointer.
“We were a little more aggressive attacking the zone in the second half,” Connolly said.
Malden Catholic 41, Xaverian 39— With eight seconds left, sophomore forward Karlens Joas put back a rebound for the winning points. He finished with 11 points.
Boston English 81, Madison Park 77 — Junior point guard Shaun Williams scored 17 points and senior center Braxton Gulleymabry scored 15 for the Bulldogs.
Needham 55, Brookline 54— Junior John Madsen tipped in a rebound at the buzzer to give the Rockets the win. Madsen finished with 15 points and six rebounds.
Melrose 57, Winchester 54 — Senior Matt Sherlock hit a 3-pointer as time expired as the No. 15 Red Raiders improved to 11-0.
The Newton North girls’ basketball team, unranked in the Globe’s Top 20, came into Tuesday’s contest with No. 1 Braintree with a bit of a chip on its shoulder.
“Everyone was saying we were the underdogs,” said junior Infiniti Thomas-Waheed. “And we didn’t mind it — but we want to prove to [naysayers] we are just as good if not better than them.”
The Tigers (11-1, 8-1 Bay State Conference) used a stout defensive effort and Thomas-Waheed’s team-high 16 points to hand the visiting Wamps (11-2, 9-1) their second straight loss, 54-43.
Newton North coach Linda Martindale said defense was the key, just as it has been all season. Junior Maddie Bledsoe — “the best defensive kid in the conference,” according to Martindale — had a particularly strong performance.
“I know that’s not glamorous, and I know that’s not what everybody wants to hear,” said Martindale, whose team’s only loss came to Braintree, 54-35, Dec. 14. “But Newton North believes that if they’re the best defensive team, they’ll win. And I have to tell you, that was our total focus.”
Senior captain Rachel Norton led the Wamps with 17 points, and sophomore Molly Reagan added 10. The team’s leading scorer, Ashley Russell, was held to just 4.
For the Tigers, Bledsoe and Amanda Ortiz added 10 apiece and seniors Madison Beatrice and Gemma Lurie each netted 9.
Lincoln-Sudbury 56, Waltham 53 — The Warriors were led by the Lutz sisters: sophomore Emma had a game-high 14 points and five rebounds and senior Ashley chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Pope John 49, St. Joseph’s Prep 30 — The Tigers clinched a tournament spot with their 10th win behind freshman guard Gianni Hill’s 15 points and 8 rebounds.