MILTON, Mass. – Junior Antonio Jones (Dorchester, Mass.) scored 20 first-half points and finished with a game high 27, leading Curry to a 64-58 victory over visiting Wentworth in Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) men's basketball action Saturday afternoon in Milton. The Colonels improved to 4-13 on the season and 3-7 in conference play, while the Leopards fell to 8-9 overall and 5-5 in CCC action.
Curry closed the first period on a 5-0 run to claim a 29-23 halftime edge. Senior Lambros Papalambros (Quincy, Mass.) sank a pair from the charity stripe with 21 seconds on the clock and later gave Jones an assist on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
With 5:17 left in the game, the Colonels took their largest lead (51-41) after senior Carlos Ribeiro (Charlestown, Mass) scored 13-straight points for his team, including three made shots from beyond the arc. The Leopards answered with an 11-2 run to trim the lead to one (53-52) with 2:19 on the clock. Freshman Jherson Colon (Boston, Mass) accounted for all 11 points during the run.
Papalambros scored the game's next six points, extending the lead back to seven (59-52) with 33 seconds remaining. Wentworth junior Ray Bessette (Dedham, Maine) sank a three-pointer on the following possession, and then the Leopards immediately fouled, sending Curry to the free-throw line for a one-and-one. The Colonels missed the first free throw, Wentworth secured the rebound and Bessette drilled another three to cut the lead to one (59-58) with 14 seconds remaining. Over the last 10 seconds of the game, Papalambros converted on five-of-six free-throw attempts to account for the 64-58 final.
Jones led all scorers with 27 points. Papalambros added 20, including 12-of-14 shooting from the free-throw line. Ribeiro chipped in with 13 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Leopards were led by Colon with a team-best 14 points. Senior Derek Mayo (Casco, Maine) eclipsed 1,000 career points with an 11-point effort, while also pulling down a game-high 13 rebounds to record the double-double. Sophomore Ronnie Turner (Lewiston, Maine) contributed 10 points.
Both teams return to CCC action on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., with Curry hosting Western New England and Wentworth visiting Salve Regina.