Henderson ties career high with 44 points in Catholic Memorial’s season-opening win over BC High

WEST ROXBURY — It’s a performance from Kurtis Henderson that Catholic Memorial has grown accustomed to over the years.

The star senior guard and Hartford commit put together another one of his prolific scoring nights Friday as he tied a career high by pouring in 44 points — 17 of which came in the fourth quarter — to propel CM to a 77-68 season-opening Catholic Conference win over archrival BC High at Ronald S. Perry Gymnasium.

“I personally feel like we have the best player on the floor whenever we play somebody and he took the game over in the fourth quarter,” said CM coach Denis Tobin. “He just threw us on his back and won the game for us.”

Henderson sliced up BC High’s defense by using his strong 5-foot-9 frame to power his way to the basket repeatedly.

Henderson, who hit only one 3-pointer and also added nine rebounds and five assists, scored 22 of CM’s 27 points during a stretch in the middle of the contest, which included hitting a pull-up jumper to give the Knights (1-0) a 49-40 lead with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.

“I just want to do anything I can in my power to win and put us in the best position to win,” Henderson said.

Henderson had a worthy adversary in BC High’s Mike Loughnane, who netted 25 of his 32 points in the second half to go along with 10 rebounds, keeping the Eagles (0-1) in it.

Loughnane leveled the score on three separate occasions with less than 9 minutes remaining and brought the Eagles to within 61-60 on a 3-pointer with 5:27 left.

While Henderson kept attacking, CM got a couple of key buckets from Kyle Phillips to create enough separation before Henderson closed it out with continuous trips to the free-throw line.

“It was the typical, Catholic Conference dogfight between two very good teams,” Tobin said.

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