Cambridge Rindge & Latin extends win streak to 50 games

Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff

After celebrating a narrow 48-46 victory over Portsmouth (N.H.) on Wednesday night, Cambridge Rindge & Latin’s Jonathan Cenescar and his teammates responded with a resounding 65-47 victory over Bishop Hendricken to extend the Falcons’ winning streak to 50 games.

By Nate Weitzer Globe Correspondent 

Cambridge Rindge & Latin boys’ basketball coach Lance Dottin was up late Wednesday night, breaking down the film of his team’s narrow 48-46 win over Portsmouth, N.H.

What happened to the Falcons’ 21-point cushion that afternoon, he wondered?


On the second day of the 2017 BABC Holiday Classic Thursday at Cathedral High, his players responded with increased energy and effort, pulling away from Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) for a 65-47 victory to extend the program’s winning streak to 50 games.

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“We did not play well in the second half yesterday and coach was on us about that,” said Cambridge senior cocaptain Aidan Keefer.

“We wanted to come out with a lot of energy, play hard and play tough and we did a good job of that, especially in the second half.”

Cambridge (5-0) managed just 3 points in the third quarter on Wednesday against Portsmouth.

But the Falcons turned the tables by holding Hendricken scoreless over the first 5:38 of the third on Thursday while using a 12-0 run to open a 43-28 lead.


Hendricken rallied with an 8-0 run, led by senior Tyrone Weeks (game-high 20 points), but the Falcons would not be denied.

With sophomore center Khai Smith (16 points, 21 rebounds) and senior forward Jonathan Cenescar (9 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks) leading the charge, the two-time defending Div. 1 state champions went on another 12-0 run in the fourth quarter, capped by Cenescar’s thunderous dunk on an alley-oop pass from junior guard God West.

“It’s crazy to hear the number 50,” Cenescar said of the streak. “Having been through back-to-back [championships], it feels good to add to that legacy.”

Smith and Cenescar combined for 19 of Cambridge’s 22 offensive rebounds in a dominant effort on the glass.

Keefer and junior guard Hakan West added 12 points apiece, as eight Falcons scored.

“That second half last night was unheard of,” said Dottin. “The kids responded today when Bishop Hendricken came back and that shows that we’re taking some steps forward.”


Norwell 86, Somerset Berkley 39 — Sophomore Nick Fantom scored 17 points and Ethan Robbins chipped in 16 as the Clippers (3-2) rolled in the consolation game of the Edward M. Amaral Tournament at Hanover High.

Canton 71, Boston Latin 56 — Senior captian Tony Harris scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds and classmate Jake Connolly tossed in 14 points and corralled nine boards to power the Bulldogs (3-1).

Wellesley 74, Rockland 51 — Senior Ben Zimmerman tossed in 23 points as the Raiders (5-1) cruised in the championship game of the Rockland Christmas Tournament.

Pope John 87, Winthrop 65 — Angel Price-Espada was named the MVP of the Pope John Tournament, scoring 36 points and collecting 12 boards for the host Tigers.

Marshfield 77, Scituate 69— Senior guard Joe Waisgerber (19 points) drained two treys in the final minute of overtime to secure the Rams’ road win.

Matignon 59, Shawsheen 52 — Junior Jayson Clayton sparked the Warriors (2-2) with 16 points.

Somerville 69, Malden Catholic 49 — Sophomore guard Tyler Whitney-Sidney produced 19 points and seven assists to propel the hosts (2-3) in the consolation game of the Highlander Hoopfest.

Lexington 64, Newton South 43 — Jack Amsler had 30 points for the Minutemen in the consolation game of the Garden City Holiday Tournament.

Winchester 72, New Mission 61— Liam Fitzpatrick earned MVP honors in leading the host Sachems to the Winchester Holiday Tournament tile.

Brighton 76, Everett 71 —The Bengals (2-3) handed Everett its first loss of the season. Senior Laqu Howard led Brighton with 26 points and senior Quincy Taylor was stellar with 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Isaiah Likely had 26 points and 12 rebounds for the Crimson Tide (4-1).

Foxborough 49, Bethel Park (Pa.) 37 — Senior Joe Morrison had 15 points and sophomore Brandon Borde and senior Bobby Harrison each had 14 as the Warriors (5-1) advanced to the KSA Events Holiday Tournament championship in Orlando, Fla.

Key West (Fla.) 56, Whitman-Hanson 52 — Despite 25 points from senior captain Sean Leahy, the Panthers were defeated against host Key West.

Bishop Stang 57, Watertown 51 — Junior Justin Lopes netted 19 points with an assortment of 3-pointers and drive to the basket and senior Malik Morris scored eight of his 10 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Spartans (6-0) in the BABC Classic at Cathedral. Senior John Korte led Watertown with 24 points.

Burke 69, Belmont 60 — Led by junior guard Levar Williams (game-high 32 points with seven 3-pointers), the Bulldogs (6-0) maintained their perfect start in the BABC Holiday Classic at Cathedral High. Jake Yardemian led the Marauders (3-2) with 17 points.

North Kingstown (R.I.) 75, Holy Name 40 — Tommy Dunn scored 15 points as the visiting Naps (1-6) fell to the Skippers (6-0).

Norwell 86, Somerset Berkley 39 — Sophomore Nick Fantom scored 17 points and Ethan Robbins tossed in 16 as the Clippers (3-2) rolled in the consolation game of the Edward M. Amaral Tournament at Hanover High.

Coyle & Cassidy 72, Wayland 57 — Senior Kelvin Kariuki posted 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Warriors (5-1) advanced to the finals of the Hutchinson Memorial Tournament in Bellingham.

Boys’ hockey

Lynn Classical 7, Latin Academy 3 — Junior Brian Clougherty scored four goals and assisted on two others in the consolation game of the Lynn Christmas Tournament.

Bergen Catholic (NJ) 3, Bishop Feehan 1 — Sophomore centerman Kevin Borah scored his first varsity goal for the Shamrocks (1-3) in the Catholic Memorial Christmas Tournament.

Austin Prep 5, Malden Catholic 1 — The Cougars (4-2) rode a three-goal third period to the win in the consolation game of the Chris Serino Christmas Classic. Senior J.J. Harding struck for a pair of goals and added an assist. Fellow seniors Richard Lyons and Alex Maffeo also tallied, along with junior Sullivan Marino.

Waltham 3, Matignon 1 — Senior Andrew Miller tallied in the first and third periods and tourney MVP Kyle Penton made 24 saves as the Hawks (4-0-1) won the Tom Fitzgerald “Unkie’’ Christmas Tournament in Stoneham.

‘‘That’s back-to-back very good games for [Penton],’’ said Waltham coach John Maguire of his senior goalie. ‘‘He was really tested in the first and second periods.”

Newburyport 4, Pentucket 2 — With 8:45 remaining in the third period, senior Matthew Babcock netted the winner for the Clippers (3-1-2).

Swampscott 2, Northeast 2 — Thomas O'Keefe had two goals in regulation and then Zach Elwell found the back of the net in the shootout as the Big Blue won the Lynn Christmas Tournament championship.

Brockton 5, Acton-Boxborough 2 — Justin Cruickshank and Peyton Silvia each scored two goals for the Boxers (2-2) in the consolation game of the Walter Songin Winter Classic.

Haverhill 5, Wayland 2 — Casey Langley had a hat trick for the Hillies in the consolation match of the Hillies Christmas Tournament.

Hingham 1, St. Mary’s 1 — Brady Carpenter, the fourth Spartan shooter, struck the tournament-clincher when his shot deflected into the net off the stick of Hingham goalie Robbie Kornack to lift St. Mary’s to a 2-2-1 shootout victory in the Christie Serino Christmas Classic at Malden Catholic.

At the other end of the ice, Kevin McMullen denied the Harbormen (2-2-2) on all four chances. The Spartans are 2-1-3.

St. John’s (Shrewsbury) 3, Marshfield 0— Jake Brosnihan, Hunter DiGregorio and Nick Palermo all scored to lift the Pioneers (3-1-1) in the consolation game of the MHL Cup at Loring Arena in Framingham. Corey Splaine made 30 saves to earn the shutout.

Boys’ swimming

Natick 60, Ashland 42 — Brothers Jordan (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and Ian Arnold (50 freestyle, 100 butterfly) each won two events for the host Redhawks (3-0).

Girls’ basketball

North Andover 62, Londonderry (N.H.) 38 — Forward Kelly Corrigan grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds in a resounding win for the Scarlet Knights in the second round of the Commonwealth Motors Christmas Classic.

Marshfield 52, Notre Dame (Hingham) 50— Senior Cassie Caldwell scored 28 points to pace the Rams (2-2) in the consolation game of the Duxbury Holiday Tournament.

Mt. Alvernia 50, Marian 36— Captain Dakota O'Brien had 25 points and 12 rebounds and recorded four steals to power the Mustangs (2-2) to the championship win in the Marian Christmas Tournament.

Newton North 40, Stoughton 36 — Junior Kelley Manley scored 17 points, sparking the host Tigers (2-3) in the consolation game of the Garden City Championship. Sophomore guard Taylor Bailey added 12 points.

Newton South 44, Belmont 35— Veronica Burton scored 21 points to help the top-ranked Lions (6-0) seize control with a 15-1 blitz in the first quarter and hold off the No. 5 Marauders (4-1) in the championship game of the Garden City Classic in Newton. ‘‘Newton South is a handful,’’ said Belmont coach Melissa Hart. ‘‘I think unfortunately, we got in a bit of a hole and it’s hard to come back against a team like that.’’

Boston Latin 64, Medford 44 — Nell Fredericks had 14 points in the consolation game of the Winchester Holiday Tournament. Sarah Rufo earned a spot on the all-tourney team.

Braintree 52, Wachusett 36— Braintree captain Rachel Tutkus scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory for the visiting Wamps (2-1).

Silver Lake 56, Brookline 41 — Sophomore Holly Reeder-Morning paced the Lakers (5-1) with 18 points and senior Sydney Kehoe tossed in 14.

North Reading 56, Pope John 13 — Sophomore Ali Grasso scored 10 points and recorded seven steals and her sister, Victoria, added 13 points to guide the Hornets (4-1) to the championship in the Pope John Tournament.

Whitman-Hanson 63, Cypress Lake (Fla.) 11 — Sammy Smith scored eight points and recorded four steals as the Panthers (5-0) remained undefeated with a first-round victory in the Queen of Palms Tournament in Fort Myers, Fla.

Shrewsbury 51, Concord-Carlisle 32 — Holly Hruskoci (17 points), Jalycianna Horton (14 points) and Casey Taitel (11 points) lifted the host Colonials (3-2).

Coyle & Cassidy 51, Duxbury 33 — The Warriors (6-0) limited the hosts to 14 second-half points to capture the championship in the Duxbury Holiday Tournament.

Hamilton-Wenham 46, Triton 34 — Jacqueline Fibbe (10 points) and Cecily Szady (10 points, 12 rebounds) led the Generals (2-2).

Norwood 54, Norton 42 — Senior captain Megan Giambanco paced the Mustangs (2-2) with 16 points.

Boston Latin 64, Medford 44 — Nell Fredericks had 14 points in the consolation game of the Winchester Holiday Tournament. Sarah Rufo earned a spot on the all-tourney team.

Mansfield 50, Franklin 40 — Senior captain Ann Maher logged 14 points in leading the Hornets (5-1).

Girls’ hockey

Mansfield 3, Ursuline 0 — Cate Gallagher registered her second consecutive shutout and junior Isabelle Shanteler netted a pair of goals for the Warriors (4-1-1).

Bishop Fenwick 6, St. Peter-Marian 2— Laura Labarre and Bella Chaves both scored, but the Guardians (3-1) fell in the final of the St. Joseph Prep Christmas Classic. Amanda Blanchette notched a hat trick for Bishop Fenwick.

Braintree 3, Andover 1— Sophomore Abby Holland scored two goals to lift the Wamps in the championship game of the Boston Latin Christmas Tournament, and earn tourney MVP honors.

Boston Latin 3, Matignon 1 — Junior Emma Tobin scored two goals as the Wolfpack (3-1) won the consolation game of the Boston Latin Christmas Tournament.

Coed swimming

Archbishop Williams 88, Arlington Catholic 76 — Freshman Nicole Miller won the 200 individual medley and the 500 freestyle, as well swimming on both relays for the Bishops (3-0).

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