MALDEN — Every time BC High needed a response at the 28th annual Comcast/Board 27 Classic, the Eagles’ dynamic duo of Travis Evee and Carl Pierre provided one.
The terrific tandem combined for 31 second-half points, pacing No. 4 BC High to a 77-73 victory over No. 9 Brighton in the Division 1 boys’ final at Malden Catholic High on Monday night.
Evee led BC High (18-2) to the final with a winning 3-pointer Sunday night in a 63-62 victory over No. 11 Newton North.
On Monday, the junior guard took his game to another level with a game-high 28 points, shooting 4 of 5 from 3-point range and pouring in 14 points during a high-scoring third quarter.
“We needed it,” BC High coach Bill Loughnane said about Pierre and Evee’s takeover down the stretch. “We expected [Brighton] to make a run and they gave us a barrage during that third and fourth quarter. I’m just glad that our guys responded.”
The tough-minded Bengals (15-5) were able to claw back from a 10-point halftime deficit to make it a 50-49 game midway through the third quarter, but Evee (28 points) and Pierre (22 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists) proved tougher, as their late-game heroics allowed the Eagles to hold on for the win.
“We knew [Brighton] was going to make a run, so we were prepared for that the whole game,” Evee said. “When they made that run, me and Carl knew we had to take over and keep us ahead.”
In the Division 2 final Monday, No. 17 Arlington outlasted No. 19 Malden Catholic, 65-63, in a frenetic contest. The Spy Ponders opened a 39-24 halftime lead by virtue of a furious 18-4 run and withstood a late comeback bid by the host Lancers in a thrilling finish.
After seniors Jonah St. Clair (22 points, 13 rebounds) and Michael Boyd (17 points) led Malden Catholic (12-7) back with a 21-3 run to tie the game at 63, Arlington junior cocaptain Dominic Black hit a tough jumper over the defense as the shot clock expired to put the visitors up, 65-63, with 2.7 seconds remaining.
Arlington (19-1) also received 19 points from senior cocaptain Colin McNamara, while freshman Bensley Joseph impressed with 16 points and five assists.
“Both teams go on runs in every high school game,” said Arlington coach John Bowler. “We went on our run early and [the Lancers] went on one late, but we kept our composure and we were able to hit big shots down the stretch.”