Sophomore Pearce Howard and senior Berthin Mayo combined for 30 points as the Avalon Black Knights rolled to a 66-40 win Friday night over Don Bosco Cristo Rey.
Howard, a forward, provided 17 points and made a team high eight free throws. He also scored Avalon’s only three-point basket for the game.
In the paint, Mayo, knocked in five field goals from his power forward position. The 6’5″ power forward dominated the boards and made all three free throw attempts.
In the fourth quarter Cristo Rey mounted a comeback, but the Black Knights were able to stop the momentum. One particular play included a Mayo rebound where he quickly kicked the ball to guard Zamir Cortney. The senior drove hard down the court and at the last second passed to sophomore Ike Okwara who handled the pass just inches above his toes before completing the score.
“We did a good job handling their ball movement, played good help-defense, and we just played well as a team,” said Courtney, a team captain. The Watkins Mill transfer finished with 11 points, most of which came from Don Bosco turnovers.
Defensively, Avalon kept pressure on Cristo Rey throughout the game and took advantage of the Takoma Park Catholic School’s inexperience. The Black Knights finished the game by outscoring Don Bosco 20 to 6 in the fourth quarter, after having their lead cut to 10 after the third quarter.
“We did a good job at sharing the basketball and our press was effective tonight,” said Avalon coach Kevin Davern.
Despite the win, Davern is unsure if this was a good warmup game for Monday’s home game with The Heights.
“We could have played with a little more focus and intensity today,” said the second year varsity coach. “We definitely need to work on boxing [out] and work on getting back in transition to… they are a much faster and taller team.”