BOSTON -- Jameilen Jones and Charles Collins shined when it came to creating their own shot space on Friday.
A quick release combined with a polished fadeaway jumper by the two senior guards lead host No. 8 BC High (8-2, 3-1) to a smooth 62-43 victory over rival No. 21 Catholic Memorial (8-4, 1-3) in a battle of last year's top two Catholic Conference squads.
“When we get a chance to get (Catholic Memorial) here we want to beat them every time we can,” said Jones. “I like to get elevation on my shot and just touch it in in rhythm. (In practice) we start at the half, catch it on the wing (and) get one up then we'll do variations back up to the top of the key and get (more) shots off.”
Jones lead all scorers with 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as he helped keep the Eagles at second place in their conference with the victory. Collins buried 17 points and grappled five rebounds, while six-foot-five senior Pete Timmins battled for ten rebounds (both for BC High).
The Eagles jumped out to an early 18-4 lead after four minute of play and held the Knights behind by double-digit points for all but one score.
A long passing possession lead to an easy jumper from the top of the arc by Jones at 5:35, while a counter-attack layup by Timmins and a foul shot from Collins put the Eagles ahead 13-2 with five minutes left in the first quarter.
“We took Wednesday off (and) we came back yesterday and we had a little bounce in our step,” said BC High coach Bill Loughnane. “We shot well and the kids had a little extra in their legs tonight. Defensively I think we were really active (and) I thought we had a lot of deflections.”
After CM senior Rich Lopez tipped in an inbound pass, BC High hit Jones for a quick three-point jumper then caught Collins in a defensive gap on the counter for an 18-4 advantage with four minutes left in the first quarter. The Eagles totaled seven three-point shots in the first half.
“I was wish I could take credit, but they work hard on their own (shooting) in the offseason,” said Loughnane. “Games like this it shows.”
CM's D.J. McClure caught an inbound pass and hit a three-point shot with two men in his face for a 39-28 deficit at 6:38. The junior guard then forced a turnover and set up Lopez under the hoop to force two points off free throws and the last single digit margin, 39-30, thirty seconds later.
“We finally started to make some shots,” said CM coach Denis Tobin. “We spread out more (and) wanted to move the ball better against the press. We went to a little zone defense ourselves (but it) was not to effective the way they shot the ball tonight.”
BC High scored the next 11 points, including a short putback off a rebound by senior Brian Robinson to start the run at 41-30 with 5:58 left in the third quarter. Junior Zac Bailey grappled a missed jump shot by Jones in the final minute of the quarter and forced an old-fashion three to send the Eagles into the final break ahead 50-30.
Junior Alex Loughnane finished the streak at 52-30 with a layin early in the fourth quarter to help BC High cruise to victory.
“We saw them in the playoffs two years ago and it has been good every since,” said Jones. “A good rivalry.”
“It is a crazy atmosphere every time we see CM,” added Collins.