The third time was the charm for Saints Peter & Paul boys’ basketball Thursday. Now, the Sabres are on the verge of another title.
Saints Peter & Paul defeated Beth Tfiloh, 52-38, in a MIAA C Conference tournament semifinal in Easton. Lamont Powell finished with 19 points for the Sabres (14-9 overall), and Connor Mullaney added 14.
After being swept by Beth Tfiloh during the regular season, Saints Peter & Paul dominated the visitors, building a 17-point advantage to gain a return trip to the final round. The defending league champ Sabres will play Key School, Sunday afternoon at 3:15 at Harford Community College for the crown.
Naail Thompson had 11 points and two assists for Saints Peter & Paul, which led 25-16 before outscoring Beth Tfiloh (10-12), 16-8, in the third. The Warriors won 44-37 and 63-58, during the regular season.
Mike Jackson finished with 18 points and Elijah Jenkins had 17 as Key scored 31 points over the final eight minutes to end Cristo Rey’s season at Gilman School’s Finney Center.
Amari Kelly posted a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds for the Obezags (13-5), who claimed the rubber match. Jimmy Holland and Jelani Reid combined for 23 points.
Tim Peterson had 18 points for Cristo Rey (11-13), which missed a chance to play for its first MIAA basketball title. The Hornets and Key each won at home during the regular season.
The Obezags, who last won the C title in 2008, lost both decisions to Saints Peter & Paul during the regular season. The Sabres defeated Key, 61-49, in last year’s final at UMBC after losing both regular season matches.