BARCELONA — Five Eagles tallied double-digits, led by Prince Aligbe’s 17 points as Boston College closed out its foreign exhibition tour with a 106-70 win over the Catalonia Elite tonight in Barcelona. The game was played at the historic Palau d’Esports Josep Mora.
Aligbe knocked down three 3-pointers to go along with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. Quinten Post added 14 points and eight rebounds.
BC led 25-11 after the first quarter despite connecting on 1-of-6 from the outside. As Catalonia started to show more zone in the second quarter, the Eagles heated up from the outside. Led by Chas Kelley III’s four trifectas, the Eagles drilled 14 3-pointers on the night on 34 attempts.
The Eagles pushed the pace in the second quarter, outpacing Catalonia by 20 and taking a 59-25 lead into the break. In the third, the Eagles saw its lead get under 30 as the foul discrepancy began to add up. Kelley and Post finished with four fouls, while Jaeden Zackery, Fred Payne, and Devin McGlockton each had three. BC was playing without Claudell Harris Jr., who missed the game due to illness and had 10 players available to dress. Donald Hand Jr. and Mason Madsen did not play during the foreign tour and are progressing well on their respective return-to-play protocols.
BC continued to push the pace in the fourth quarter, posting triple-digits on the scoreboard – matching the temperature on the court inside the Palau.
In addition to Kelley’s 12 points, the sophomore guard added four boards, six assists, and a steal. Payne had 11 points, four boards, seven assists, and a steal, while Zackery – nursing a sprained ankle from game two in Florence – knocked down three treys to go with three assists and two steals. McGlockton filled the stat sheet again, posting 10 points, seven boards, three assists, a blocked shot, and five steals.
BC’s front-court reserves also posted solid numbers on the night. Elijah Strong scored nine points – including a thunderous outback dunk – to go with five rebounds. Jayden Haskins had eight points, four boards, and four blocked shots. Armani Mighty scored five points, grabbed seven rebounds, dished out two assists, and logged two blocks and a steal. Abe Atiyeh connected on a 3-pointer and registered two rebounds.
* The Eagles recorded 26 assists on 39 field goals
* BC held a 90-minute basketball clinic for the community of Mataro – the site of the game
* Chas Kelley III held a shooting clinic for the entire trip, making 10 3-pointers in three games
* Anthony Goins served as the team’s head coach for tonight’s win
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