BABC: Trio leads No. 8 Cambridge

Chelsea, Mass. -- Jacquil Taylor, Deondre Starling and Kyroe Qualls-Betts all scored in double figures as No. 8 Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) defeated Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical High, 67-49, Tuesday at the BABC Holiday Classic.

The Falcons improve to an overall record of 3-0, while the Beavers fall to 3-3 on the season.

CRLS came out strong to start the game, scoring 20 points during the opening quarter, while securing its defensive presence on the court by holding Putnam to just 10 points.

The Falcons continued to maintain a double-digit lead for the opening minutes of the second quarter, but Putnam chipped away to the score, coming with five points, 35-27, to end the half.

Lance Dottin, head coach for CRLS, said that during halftime, “I told [my team] to slow down, to be patient.”

The halftime pep-talk seemed to work as the Falcons remained dominant on offense, going on a 12-0 run, extending its lead over by Putnam by 16 points. A layup by Putnam's senior guard Alonzo Johnson snapped the Beavers' offensive dry spell, who closed out the quarter with a 9-3 run, making the score 48-37.

During the first minutes of the fourth quarter, the Beavers cut its deficit to nine points, 52-41, but CRLS fired back with a 15-6 run. The Falcons never looked back, recording its third victory of the season, 67-49.

Taylor, the 6-foot-9 sophomore center for the Falcons, led the team with 20 points, while seniors Staring and Qualls-Betts added 14 points each.

Of his 14 points, Qualls-Betts scored 11 points during the first half, including nine points from beyond the arc.

Junior guard Jordan Almore led the scoring for the Beavers, scoring 10 of his 12 points from the free throw line. Seniors Jesus Rosario and John Toledo also chipped nine points each for Putnam.