The race for first place in the MIAA C Conference is a tight four-way battle, but Cristo Rey, which has never won a MIAA title in any sport, has inched into the lead, following Thursday’s 72-68 victory over Beth Tfiloh.

Jake Jones led the Hornets with 27 points, while Terry Curry netted 16 and Tim Peterson added 15.

Cristo Rey (6-10 overall, 4-1 in MIAA C) trailed 27-26 at the half, but surged into the lead by outscoring the Warriors (6-7, 3-2) 24-15 in the third quarter. Curry was the key man in the second half for the Hornets, scoring 14 of his 16 over the final two quarters.

“He really came to life tonight,” said Cristo Rey coach Eddie Healey of Curry. “He doesn’t always see the rock as often as he could because we have some great seniors who can score, but Terry can fill it up with anyone in the league. We needed him tonight and he also came up with some big plays on defense and on the boards in key situations. He was the difference in the game.”

For Beth Tfiloh, junior Kameron Glazer finished with a double-double for the second straight game and scored a career high 23 points.

The Warriors did stage a late rally, turning an 11-point deficit with 1:45 to play into a two point loss. Senior Justin Seidman added 13 points for Beth Tfiloh.

Cristo Rey now holds a half game lead on defensing champion Saints Peter & Paul (3-1) at the top of the league standings. Key School (2-1) is now in third place and Beth Tfiloh slipped to fourth.