Michael Blygen’s hat-trick rescued Boys’ Town from embarrassment against lower leaguers Maxfield Park, in their Locker Room Sports KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout game at Collie Smith Complex yesterday.The home team surrendered a two-goal lead to the Major League outfit, which came back from two-nil down to level at 2-2. But two late goals from the former Tivoli Gardens striker saw the home team win 4-2.After a dour and goalless first half, Boys’ Town went in front just before the hour (59th) when Blygen flicked the ball over the Maxfield goalkeeper and it fell into the goal. Minutes later, Chavanney Willis made it 2-0 when he latched on to a through ball and slotted home.However, the visitors responded minutes later when Romaine Mullington was on the end of a good build-up to tap the ball past the Boys’ Town custodian. And before Boys’ Town realised what hit them, Nico Reynolds, Maxfield’s best player, equalised with a rasping shot from the edge of the box.Maxfield nearly went ahead in the 80th minute, but referee Carvel Banton adjudged that the ball had not crossed the goalline. Then on the counter, Boys’ Town went straight up field and Blygen capitalised on a loose ball to make it 3-2.The former Humble Lion and Rivoli player sealed the win two minutes from time when he broke away and calmly slotted home.Blygen spent the second-half of last season in the Dominican Republic, but missed most of that campaign through injury.”So far in the Premier League, things have been very disappointing. I hope this will be a stepping stone for me to get more playing time and deliver for my team and try to help them make the top four,” he said.”Last season, I joined Boys’ Town in January, then went on a trial overseas in Dominica Republic. I made the team and played three matches, but injury got the better of me. But this season I am back, so I am just taking it a step at a time and doing my best and see what happens.”So I hope this hat-trick gives coach more confidence in me because I have always worked hard, but the team has been up and down; we are not being consistent. So I hope that this is a stepping stone for me to get time on the pitch,” he reasoned.Coach Andrew Price is also hoping this is a turning point for his striker.”I hope that this will be a catalyst for him (Blygen) to assist us in the third round. Boys’ Town always play better football in the third round, and we are preparing ourselves assiduously to really make a good run and see where it leads us,” he declared.Yesterday’s resultsBarbican 1 UWI 0Waterhouse 2 Maverley/Hughenden 1Boys’ Town 4 Maxfield 2Today’s games3 p.m. August Town vs Bull Bay at UWI Mona Bowl3 p.m. Olympic Gardens vs Real Mona at Cling Cling Oval3 p.m. Rockfort vs Cavalier at Rockfort3 p.m. Cooreville Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Duhaney Park7 p.m. Harbour View vs Tivoli Gardens at Harbour View Stadium
“They’re a great inside-out combo,” Highland coach Jeff Smith said. “There’s good players scattered throughout the Antelope Valley, but no one comes close to them.” Quartz Hill needs to find a reliable outside shooter to make a run in the Div. I-AA playoffs. Sean Fontenot has done a decent job, hitting 20 3-pointers, and Ryan Kelly is second on the team with 16. “There’s only so much Troy and Alex can do,” Nichter said. “Someone else is going to have to alleviate the pressure on them.” Crucial stretch: After splitting two road games last week, Highland, ranked No. 19 by the Daily News, returns home for key league games Wednesday against Knight and Friday against Littlerock. “We should do well. Really, we need to go 2-0,” Smith said. “If we don’t, making the playoffs is going to be a struggle.” The Bulldogs (8-8, 1-1) rely on Deno Anderson (14 point-per-game average), Ron Holden (13) and Donovan Phillips (11). Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org GOLDEN LEAGUE’S BEST TOP 10 SCORERS Minimum 14 games Team, PPG Troy Ross Quartz Hill 17.7 Alex Dantzler Quartz Hill 15.6 Robert Arnold Lancaster 15.1 Raymond Cody Antelope Valley 14.4 Ron Holden Highland 13.4 Steve Delatorre Knight 12.9 Robert Brown Knight 12.1 Javaughn Espiritt Lancaster 12.1 Donovan Phillips Highland 11.9 Sean Fontenot Quartz Hill 9.2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita At 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, Ross provides an imposing presence in the paint. The senior center averages 17.7 points, 13.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He’s had some monster efforts. Ross scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the opener against Burroughs of Burbank and followed it up with 26 points and 24 rebounds two days later against Arlington of Riverside. Ross nearly had a triple-double against Alemany of Mission Hills in early December, finishing with 13 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocks in a 58-55 victory. He’s recorded double-doubles in 12 of 17 games. Dantzler is the playmaker. The 5-11 junior guard is averaging 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, and he is disruptive defensively, averaging 4.6 steals per outing. He has struggled from 3-point range, making just 15 percent (8 of 53), and at the free-throw line, converting 48 percent (45 of 94). One-two punches don’t get much better than Troy Ross and Alex Dantzler. The tandem is largely responsible for the quick start the Quartz Hill High boys’ basketball team (9-8 overall, 2-0 Golden League) has enjoyed this season, and their play will go far in determining if the Rebels can defend their league title and make a run in the Southern Section playoffs. “We know what we have in them,” Quartz Hill coach Bernard Nichter said. “Without them, we’re a different team. We would struggle.” Quartz Hill resumes league play Wednesday at Palmdale and plays Friday at Lancaster (10-7, 2-0), which also has a share of first place.