High flying acrobatic dunks are a common site in many high school basketball gyms across the region, but they are a little less common in the lower classifications.
Friday night, however, Cristo Rey’s Tim Peterson gave the home fans at his East Baltimore school a rare rim-rattling highlight, as he came up with a steal a calmly dribbled towards the hoop for a one-handed jam. It accounted for two of his 14 points as the host Hornets topped Park School, 66-64, in MIAA C league action.
“I think it’s been awhile since we’ve had a dunk at Cristo Rey, so it was really cool to see the crowd’s reaction,” said Cristo Ray coach Eddie Healey. “I’ve never seen Tim do that in practice or messing around, so it definitely gave the whole team an energy like I’ve never seen. He’s been dominating lately and it’s nice to see a kid have a signature play like that in a big win.”
The Hornets trailed 1-0 in the opening seconds, but led the rest of the way, but it was close, especially at the end. With Cristo Rey leading 66-62 in the final seconds, Park’s Michael Price was fouled during a 3-point attempt. He made the first two shots to pull the Bruins within two and then missed the third intentionally. Park, however, was unable to retrieve the rebound quickly enough to get off a final shot, allowing the Hornets to hang on for the victory.
“What a huge win by our guys tonight. Our pressure defense was on fire early and it gave us the cushion we needed to hold on in the end,” said Healey. “We’ve definitely got some things to work on offensively still. But I loved the mental toughness our guys showed finishing the game by boxing out on that intentionally missed free throw with 1 second left.”
In addition to the 14 points from Peterson, who has averaged 20.2 over his team’s last five games, the Hornets got a team-high 19 points from Jakai Jones and 12 each from Terry Curry and Mikiah Bailey. Bailey also forced seven turnovers on the defensive end.
Park’s Price led all scorers with 22 points and Solomon Stephens netted 19 for the Bruins.
Cristo Rey (5-10 overall) is now 3-1 in the conference, sitting in second place, just a half game back of Saints Peter & Paul. Park (2-3 overall) was playing its conference opener on Friday.