The Cristo Rey Jesuit Lions nearly broke into triple digits with their 95-44 win over the O’Connell Buccaneers on Friday night in Galveston.
“We lost a few games in a row so it felt really good to go out and get a win tonight,” said Cristo Rey Jesuit head coach Ivan Earls. “We worked on our press tonight.”
Richmond Pollock scored 25 points to lead the Lions while J.D. Babineaux put up 21 and Shannon Henderson had 15 points.
For the Bucs, Terrance Ward had 25 points.
The Lions took an early 4-0 lead before the Buccaneers could get on the board.
That was before the Lions went on a 5-0 run and a timeout was taken.
Pollock scored on a transition layup to keep the Lions in front in the early minutes of the game.
Cristo Rey had a 19-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Lions kept their foot on the gas pedal, going on a 6-0 run to begin the second quarter.
Babineaux hit a 3-pointer to make it a 20-point advantage for the Lions with 6:10 left in the first half.
“We had a great effort,” Earls said. “We put a lot of effort into tonight’s game and we ran a few new things tonight.”
It didn’t stop there as the Lions continued to push and they had a 46-21 lead by the end of the first half.
Eli Harper’s tip-in tried to bring the Bucs closer but then Pollock responded on the other end of the floor with an easy layup in the third quarter.
A transition basket by Pollock made it 63-30 with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter.
“Our guys were wanting to get to 100 points but we let O’Connell play through,” Earls said.
The Bucs were outscored in the fourth quarter by the Lions, 23-12, as they couldn’t find a way back into the game.
“It was a tough night,” said O’Connell head coach Derek Martin. “We didn’t execute well. We were short tonight with a few guys missing but that’s no excuse. Everybody’s got to be ready. We lacked a little bit of pride tonight.”