With senior Rossano Jones forced out of the game in the second quarter with an injury, sophomore Jihar Williams took over the scoring load for Friends School, Wednesday, leading the Quakers to a 66-52 MIAA non-league win over visiting Cristo Rey.
Williams, a 6-foot-5 big man who committed to William & Mary over the summer, exploded for 29 points, helping the Quakers break open a contest that was tied, 17-17, early in the second quarter. Friends also got a big offensive performance from Jake Raines, who drained four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points.
The Quakers excelled from beyond the arc, hitting 11 3-pointers, and in the open floor, producing 20 points off of fast breaks.
Sophomore Terry Curry led Cristo Rey with a career high 15 points and senior Jakai Jones added 14 for the improved Hornets. Sophomore Eric Conway also earned praise for his defensive work, taking on the challenge of guarding Williams and limiting him to just six points in the second half.
“Tonight was a bump in the road for us but we saw some things from certain guys that will help us going forward,” said Cristo Rey coach Eddie Healy. “We know what we need to work on and we’ll get after it in practice tomorrow. We’ve got Severn Friday night and Loyola almost 12 hours later, so we’ll need to get sharper defensively quick.”