WEST ROXBURY, Mass. -- Catholic Memorial focused heavy on guarding Jameilen Jones, but there was little the Knights could do to stop the 6-foot-3 guard on Tuesday.
The senior's game-high 24 points lifted No. 7 BC High (12-3, 6-2) to a 70-60 road victory and a season sweep of Catholic Conference rival No. 24 Catholic Memorial (10-6, 3-5), at Perry Gymnasium.
“We want to reverse (the ball) and keep the defense shifting and if I get an open shot I am just going to elevate over them,” said Jones. “Up until this year I never really had lift on my jump shots, especially my three-pointer. We can't win the conference, but we still want to win games to help us in the tournament.”
After a strong 16-13 first quarter by the Knights, BC High began to run the ball and hit shots in motion as it outscored CM 29-10 in the second quarter to roll ahead for good.
Jones tallied six straight to help prompt a 10-point tear for the Eagles. After two breakaway layups from the captain, Jones and fellow senior guard Charles Collins nailed a pair of baseline jumpers with four minutes remaining. Senior forward Pete Timmins added two points off free throws to finish the run with a 26-21 advantage and 3:45 left in the first half.
“Our offense goes through (Jones) and everybody knows that,” said BC High coach Bill Loughnane. “He takes extra shots, he gets in the weight room, (and) he'll take other guys on the team to the side and work on different things. That is what you expect from a leader.”
The Eagles scored eight in a row later in the quarter, to pull ahead 42-26 by the break.
Timmins (15 points) bodied his defender to force a pair from the foul line and start the streak with 1:30 left. The 6-foot-5 senior forced a turnover and hit Collins on a breakaway for the next score.
Jones then added a pair of charity shots with 30 seconds remaining to finish the scoring.
“Sometimes we have to keep reminding Pete that Pete is a good player," said Loughnane. “A lot of our offense is off our defense. We hope that we can stop them from scoring so they don't have the chance to put their press on us.”
Despite looking to cut the deficit to 10 entering the final quarter, CM was only able to get as close as 11 at 5:38 in the fourth. After an end-line trey by Guilien Smith opened the quarter for CM, the sophomore nailed a 10-foot jumper to initiate a five-point run for the the defending conference champs.
Senior Pat Hurley added three points form the charity stripe for a 56-45 deficit with 5:38 remaining.
“I think we might have over focused on (Jones) and their role players are also very good,” said Catholic Memorial coach Denis Tobin. “We like to extend (the zone) and get out on their shooters, but a couple of their role players made shots.”
Efficient around-the-arc movement and strong offensive rebounding lead to a powerful start for CM.
Senior Rich Lopez tipped in a contested rebound for an old-fashion three to give the Knights their first lead at 11-9 with 2:17 left. Two minutes later, senior Chris Siggers grabbed an offensive board and finished along the baseline for the 16-13 quarter finale.
D.J. McClure lead the Knights with 14 points, while fellow senior Lopez scored 12 points.
“It was a point of emphasis to try to start the game off very well," said Tobin. “We knew they played the aggressive trapping zone so we tried to spread them out. Second quarter a couple shots didn't fall, they got some easy buckets on the fast break, and that was what hurt us the most.”
BC High already clinched the second spot in the Catholic Conference before entering tonight’s matchup with third place Catholic Memorial.
“Sophomore year they got us during the regular season twice, but we got them when it counted in the playoffs,” said Jones. “We try to get them in every sport, but lately we have been playing really well against them. I think we have the momentum.”