A slow start for both teams gave way to a fast-paced finish Monday night on the L. Brooks Lakin Performance Court at Park School, as the host Bruins outlasted visiting Cristo Rey for a 55-49 MIAA C Conference basketball victory.
This game had playoff implications for both squads and was the first meeting of the season, with the second meeting coming less than 24 hours later, Tuesday at Cristo Rey.
Behind strong performances from junior Michael Price, who netted 18 points to go with 8 rebounds and 3 assists, and senior Will King (15 points, 10 rebounds), the Bruins were able to hold on to the victory and keep their playoff chances alive. Time Peterson led Cristo Rey with a team-high 17 points.
If Cristo Rey (6-15, 5-5) can win the rematch it would clinch a place in the C Conference post-season, where just four teams advance. A Park win, however, will make things interesting, as it would pull the Bruins (6-8, 5-6) even with fourth-place Concordia Prep (6-6) and setup the possibility of a three-way tie for the final two seeds, pending the outcome of Cristo Rey’s game at first-place and undefeated Key (10-0) on Wednesday.
Should the thee-way tie develop, Park would become the third seed as they would then have a 3-1 head-to-head record among the three. Concordia would remain the fourth-seed at 2-2 and Cristo Rey would be out at 1-3.
Should Cristo Rey defeat Park and lose to Key, the Hornets would tie Concordia for third and neither team would have tie-break advantage. Thus a coin flip would be required to determine the third and fourth seeds heading into Thursday’s semifinals.
Key will lock up the top-seed with one more win, which it can accomplish on Tuesday when it visits Saints Peter & Paul or on Wednesday against Cristo Rey. Saints Peter & Paul (9-2) can do no worse than second place, as the Sabres and Obezags will both host semifinal games on Thursday.