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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’’