Basketball Goes 2-1 in CYO Tournament
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Game 3: Jesuit vs Fontainebleau
The Blue Jay hoopsters concluded play in the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament with a 61-29 win over Fonainebleau High School on Saturday night. The consolation round game was their third game of the sixteen-team tournament.
The Jays maintained control of the game from the tip to the final buzzer. Elijah Morgan led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Will Landrieu with 12. Landrieu led the team in steals with three, and Robert McMahon pulled down 10 rebounds
There are plenty of opportunities for fans to catch the basketball team in action this week, as the Jays begin play in the Newman Invitational Tournament on Wednesday against Lusher. Tip-off is set for 8 PM. The Jays come into the tournament with a 3-1 record.
Game 2: Jesuit vs. Slidell
The Jesuit basketball team lost a heart-breaker in the second round of the CYO Tournament on Thursday night in the Birdcage. The Slidell High Bengal Tigers escaped with a 56-54 victory with a last second shot that sealed the Jays’ fate.
Jesuit led most of the game after a scoring drought in the first three minutes. The offense really picked up in the second quarter behind the sharp-shooting of Elijah Morgan, who finished the game with 32 points.
Coming out at halftime up by just one point, the Jays were able to extend their lead into double digits by the middle of the third quarter. Then the winds completely changed directions. Slidell took all the momentum on a scoring drive that ended with the Tigers 10 points ahead with 3:30 left to play.
The Blue Jays did not go quietly, ramping up their full-court defense and forcing enough turnovers to tie the game on an Elijah Morgan three-pointer with 15 second remaining. The Tigers held on, though, by laying the ball in as time expired, and just like that, the Blue Jays’ chances for the championship game were dashed.
Morgan went 6 for 11 from three-point land in his season high scoring performance. Zach DeBlieux had eight rebounds and four of Jesuit’s 16 steals to lead the defense.
The Blue Jays will face Fontainebleau in a consolation game on Saturday at 5:00 PM at Jesuit.
Game 1: Jesuit vs. St. Martin’s
Win: 52 – 29
The Jesuit basketball team opened play in the annual Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament on Wednesday night in the Birdcage with a 52-29 win over St. Martin’s. The Jays blew the game open in the second half by outscoring the Saints 17-4 in the third quarter.
In contrast to the first home game against St. Charles Catholic in which junior Elijah Morgan scored 29 points, this game saw a more balanced scoring attack. Evey player wearing a Blue and White jersey saw action on the court, and nearly all of them scored points. Elijah Morgan and Will Landrieu led the offensive attack with 10 points each. Nick Artigues and Noah Varnado were close behind them with six each.
Although the Jays were ahead by just six points at the halfway mark, the third quarter rush of full court pressure and consistent shooting pushed the Jays out of reach for the St. Martin’s Saints. In all, the Jays forced 22 turnovers on 12 steals and limited the Saints’ offense to 10 total points in the second half. The Blue Jays, on the other hand, only turned the ball over four times in the game.
St. Martin’s was able to stay in the game during the first half behind their hot-handed shooting guard, who sunk four of five threes in the first half, more than half of the total points scored by St. Martin’s in the game. But the contest proved to be one of endurance, as the Jays out-shined their opponents in intensity in the second half.
Jesuit basketball action continues on Thursday night at 7:30 PM in the Birdcage as the Jays take on Slidell in the Quarterfinal Round of the CYO Tournament.