Jalen Jones hits 7 three-pointers to lead Catonsville to victory.
On senior night at Catonsville High, it was junior Jalen Jones who stole the spotlight by hitting seven three-pointers and scoring a game-high 21 points to lead the Comets (10-7) to a 67-54 victory over Chesapeake (4-9), of Baltimore County.
Senior Shawn Wagstaff added 16 for the Comets.
Jones came off the bench in the second quarter and canned five three-pointers during a 16-0 run that turned a 17-12 first-quarter deficit into a 28-17 lead.
“I was feeling it before the game,” Jones said. “I was telling my teammates before the game even started, ‘Swing me the ball, I’m not missing, because in warm-ups I wasn’t missing my shots,’ ” Jones said.
Catonsville junior Tyree Jones had all seven of his points in the first quarter, but Chesapeake got two three-pointers from Kevin Solomon and four other players scored in the quarter.
When Chesapeake pulled within two, 47-45, Guadeloupe scored on a drive to make it 49-45 with 5:26 left in the game.
“Amori helps us out because he can handle the ball very well and when he plays his role very well the team responds to him,” Catonsville coach Teron Owens said.
Jones extended the lead to 52-45 with a three-pointer with 5:16 left and he added another from NBA range to seal the deal and give the Comets an 11-point lead with 4:09 left.
Owens had no problem watching Jones drain the treys from everywhere.
“He helps the guys out. When Jalen is hitting the shots, it really opens the floor up for Amori and Shawn to get to the basket, so he has to play his part and shooting the ball is part of his game,” said Owens, noting he made eight three-pointers in a 75-54 win over Kenwood. “I give him the green light.”