Cushing Academy’s David Duke and Brimmer & May’s A.J. Reeves are accustomed to playing against elite competition.
Yet when two of the top 50 basketball recruits in the nation (according to ESPN’s Top 100 list) went head-to-head Friday evening at Brimmer & May in a NEPSAC Class AA tilt, each play held a little extra significance.
Duke and Reeves played together on the AAU team Mass Rivals for many years and next fall they will join former Rivals teammate Makai Ashton-Langford at Providence College.
In their final high school meeting, Duke scored 21 points to lead his balanced Cushing team in a 75-55 victory. Reeves countered with a game-high 30 points.
“We know each other’s tendencies, so it’s a different type of defense,” Duke said about defending the 6-foot-6-inch Reeves.
“I know what [Reeves] is going to do, he knows what I’m going to do. It makes for a fun battle. We put on a show every time we play each other.”
Cushing (20-6) opened a 30-17 lead after 10 minutes of play, but Reeves found his rhythm, nailing a stepback 3-pointer and tough floater as part of a 7-0 run to trim the deficit.
Brimmer (7-14) trailed, 37-28, at halftime with Reeves and Danvers resident Jimmy Yfantopulos (19 points) providing all the scoring for the hosts.
In the second half, Cushing separated with a 27-6 run to take a commanding 54-34 lead.
Weston’s Kyle Murphy (13 points, four assists) and Beverly’s Matt Cross (9 points) played key roles for the visitors, but it was the 6-4 Duke who put the finishing touches on the victory with a lightning-quick drive and emphatic slam midway through the second half.
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Masconomet 4, Triton 3 — The Chieftains (11-5-4) won the Newburyport Bank Tournament Fournier Division championship behind Andrew Gotts’s two goals and one assist.
Revere 9, Peabody 5 — Seniors Mike Giordano and Mike Goroshko each scored two goals to lead the Patriots (9-7-4).
Foxborough 4, King Philip 2 — Brendan Tully and Ronnie MacLellan scored in the final two minutes for the Warriors (10-8-2).
Lowell Catholic 7, Saint Joseph Prep 1 — Senior Mitchell Andrea garnered his 100th point for the Crusaders (13-7-1).
Wilmington 5, Wakefield 1 — After Joe Mirabella scored the equalizer with 10 minutes left, the Wildcats (11-9) erupted for four goals in the final five minutes to secure the victory.
Woburn 2, Arlington 1 — Marissa Gregory opened the scoring and Kaitlyn Delaney potted to winner with 2:45 left in the game to lift the No. 2 Tanners (19-0-2).
Milton 7, Pembroke 3 — Senior Kat Buchanon recorded a career-high 6 points (three goals, three assists) and senior Julia Scannell added two goals and three assists for the host Wildcats (14-5-3).Nate Weitzer can be reached at email@example.com.