Reese’s big second half carry Panthers to 4-0


John Carroll’s Tyson Commander tries attempt a reverse shot as St. Frances’ Julian Reese defends during Wednesday’s MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League basketball game. The Panthers improved to 4-0 with an 82-64 victory over the Patriots inside Phelps Gym in East Baltimore. (photo – Sports Majors)

University of Maryland-bound post Julian Reese scored 22 points and Byron Ireland and freshman Derik Queen each finished with 15 as St. Frances Academy defeated John Carroll School, 82-64, in a MIAA A Conference/Baltimore Catholic League basketball contest in East Baltimore Wednesday evening.

The three-time defending BCL Tourney champ Panthers outscored the Patriots, 48-31, in the second half, improving to 4-0 overall, as well in MIAA A and BCL play. Elijah Davis, who’s committed to Mississippi Valley State, scored all 11 of his points in the first quarter as St. Frances led 27-26 in a high scoring eight minutes.

The teams’ point production drastically slowed in the second quarter as the Panthers led 34-33. Reese, who scored two points in the opening half, put up 14 in the third with Ireland adding 11, and St. Frances extended its advantage to 59-50. The 6-foot-9 Reese scored 20 points in the second half.

Junior guard Tyson Commander, who surpassed the 1,000-point career scoring mark Monday, finished with 24 points Wednesday for John Carroll (1-3, 1-3 MIAA, 0-3 BCL), and Jeannot Basima finished with 11. The Patriots travel to Loyola Blakefield Friday, looking for its first BCL win.

St. Frances, the only undefeated team with Mount Carmel in MIAA A and BCL play, plays at Gilman School Friday afternoon.

St. Frances Academy 82, John Carroll School 64

John Carroll – Tyson Commander 24, Jeannot Basima 11, Jalen Bryant 8, Cesar Tchilombo 8, Jaiden Jakubowski 5, Terry Long 5, Rex Romain 3.

St. Frances – Julian Reese 22, Byron Ireland 15, Derik Queen 15, Elijah Davis 11, Daquan Davis 7, Khyrie Staten 4, Rydell Burt 3, Tevin Curtis 2, Jahnathan Lamothe 2.

John Carroll 26 7 17 14 – 64

St. Frances 27 7 25 23 – 82