By Jason Mazzilli
Something had to give when a pair of unbeaten, ranked opponents did battle in the final round of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Holiday Classic at Cathedral High School.
Number one ranked Brookline stayed perfect at 6-0 with a 73-58 victory over #20 Everett (3-1), which sustained its first loss to go to 3-1 overall. Brookline showed its depth with five players scoring in double figures, led by Chris Camille (15 points) and Christian Andrews (14 points).
Omar Quilter and Eric Thompson each had 11 points for Everett.
The game was close to even at halftime, with Brookline holding a 31-26 lead, and the Warriors began to heat up in the second half, extending their lead to double digits after three quarters, 53-41. Brookline pulled away for good in the second half.
Everett boys outlast Bishop Stang, 58-55, in first round of BABC Classic
Bishop Stang High School took Everett to the limit in a 58-55 Crimson Tide win in the first round of the BABC Holiday Classic. With the score tied at 54-54 and 1:01 left to play, Omar Quilter hit both ends of a 1-and-1 free throw shooting situation to give Everett the lead for good. Nate Mehu scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds, while Omar Quilter hit two key free throws down the stretch as Everett (3-0) held off Bishop Stang, 58-55. Damien Perry poured in a game-high 19 points for the Spartans (2-3).
The Everett boys are back in action and on the road tonight, Friday, January 4 at Peabody in a Northeastern Conference (NEC) game. Next week Everett stays on the road on Tuesday, January 8 at Revere before returning home on Friday, January 11 to host Malden. All games are 7:00 p.m. tap-offs.