Connor Brown took his lumps practicing against the upperclassmen last year, but St. Peter-Marian coach Marcus Watson knew the 6-foot-2 junior would play a prominent role this season. Last night, Brown scored 11 of his career-high 14 points in the first half while 6-1 senior guard Jalen Evens-Ashton dropped in a team-high 15 points leading the Guardians to a 62-52 win over Central Mass. Conference rival St. Bernard's last night in the first round of the Inaugural Bishop Daniel Reilly Boys High School Christmas Basketball Tournament at Anna Maria College. SPM (3-1, 1-0 CMC) will face No. 3 Shrewsbury here Sunday night at 7:45 p.m. The fifth-ranked Bernardians (3-1, 0-1) play Marlboro in the consolation game at 6 p.m. ‘‘It's a big win because they were ranked coming in and we weren't,'' Brown said. ‘‘We picked it up (last night). We're coming together as a team. We hadn't been playing together for a while.'' With the Guardians clinging to an 18-16 lead after a basket by Christian LaRoche with 4:52 to go in the first half, Brown scored nine straight points on a three pointer, a lay-up, a sweet left-handed shot in the paint and a lay-up to boost SPM's lead to 27-18 to go in the first half.
St. Peter-Marian 62, St. Bernard's 52
Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Worcester
Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:11 a.m.