Tyrese Hoxter scored Charlestown’s final 8 points, as the No. 13 Townies rallied to a, 46-45, win over No. 8 BC High in the first round of the 22d annual IAABO427/Comcast Basketball Classic yesterday.
The Townies (15-4) survived a last second 3-point attempt from BC High’s Jameilen Jones that looked destined for the bottom of the net, before catching just enough of the front rim to rattle out.
Charlestown’s defense held the Eagles without a field goal for the first 12 minutes of the second half, as they worked to erase a 10-point halftime deficit.
‘‘At the half, I told my guys that ‘this is our 19th game of the year and we’re getting ready for the state tournament but you guys are playing like it’s our third game of the year,’” said Charlestown coach Edson Cardoso. “I told them to go our there and show some heart and some intensity on defense and they stepped it up.”
Hoxter finished with a game-high 28 points, and singlehandedly outscored the Eagles (13-5), 14-12, in the second half. The Eagles, who led 14-12 after the first, started the second on a 10-0 run, led by Jones, who scored 8 of his 11 points in the quarter.
The Townies upped their defensive game in the third, holding the Eagles without a field goal in the quarter. With 15 seconds remaining in the third, Hoxter tipped home a Gary Braham missed free throw, to cut the Eagle’s lead to 39-35.
Hoxter stayed hot in the fourth, scoring eight points on three possessions in the final minutes of the game, including two critical threes, something the junior isn’t really known for.
“[Hoxter] shooting two threes wasn’t exactly what I had in mind,” said Cardoso. “In his Charlestown career, I don’t think I’ve ever seen him hit two three like that in a row. My heart was beating real fast on on those shots, but he’s a scorer and he took them with confidence.”
Charlestown improved to 2-0 against the Eagles this season.
Brockton’s Jaylen Blakely was unstoppable in the first game of the tournament yesterday, scoring 25 points, as the No. 1 Boxers cruised to an easy, 85-55, win over Cambridge Rindge & Latin.
‘‘Today Blakely was aggressive on offense and started to look for his own shot,” said Brockton coach Robert Boen. “I’ve been telling him to do that all season. He tends to look for the hard pass, when all we are looking for is him to score it or make the easy pass.”
After playing even in the first quarter, the Boxer’s outside shooters caught fire and by the end of the game everyone except one player on the Brockton roster had scored in the game.
“I think our offense is really coming together,” said Boen. “We started the season with just four players who had real varsity experience, so it’s take us a bit, but we seem to be clicking now.”
Six-foot-six senior center Sayvonn Houston finished with 11 points.
Brockton will take on Charlestown in the championship game of the tournament today at 6:30. The consolation game between BC High and Cambridge is set to tip at 5:00 pm.
The winner of the Comcast Tournament has gone on to win a State title in each of the past 10 seasons; so expect a good one tonight.
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