The Cristo Rey boys’ basketball team traveled to Philadelphia this weekend to participate in the Cristo Rey Jesuit Tip-Off Tournament and split a pair of games, placing second.
On Friday, the Hornets defeated host CRJ Philadelphia, 54-41, as Jakai Jones led the way with 21 points, while Tim Peterson scored 15 points and forced a pair of turnovers. It was the Baltimore team’s first ever victory over their counterpart from the City of Brotherly Love.
In Saturday’s final against Freire Charter, Peterson scored a team-high 17 points and Jones netted 15, but it was not enough as the Hornets dropped a 57-51 decision.
“Things got off to a great start with the win Friday night. Our guys displayed a lot of toughness to hold the lead for almost 32 minutes,” said coach Eddie Healy. “They definitely were excited to get that first win versus our rival Cristo Rey school. The bus was rocking on our ride back to the hotel.
“Saturday, we just couldn’t finish possessions on both ends. It’s hard to win giving up 20 offensive boards and 18 points in transition. That four minute scoreless stretch by both teams in the 4th quarter felt like a boxing match and, unfortunately, Freire gave us the knockout punch.”
Jones was named to the All-Tournament team.
“He’s so deserving of the honor. He is one of the more dynamic players in Baltimore and it was great to see him showcase his scoring ability here in Philadelphia,” said Jones’ coach. “We’re really excited with how he is finding the bottom of the net consistently heading into league play.”