Tigers Nip Jays at Wire in Birdcage

Posted January 9, 2016 / Last updated January 12, 2016

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Sophomore Michael Hull drives the lane against Holy Cross on Friday, Dec. 8.

Sophomore Michael Hull drives the lane against Holy Cross on Friday, Dec. 8.

Jesuit’s basketball team squandered a nine-point lead and lost its district opener to Holy Cross, 43-41, on Friday, Jan. 8 before a raucous crowd at the Birdcage.

Prep basketball experts expected a close game and they weren’t disappointed. The teams were tied at nine after the first eight minutes. In the second quarter, Holy Cross reeled off eight consecutive points to start. But Jesuit answered with the final nine to take a one-point lead into halftime.

Things started to go Jesuit’s way in the second half. When freshman Elijah Morgan drained a three-pointer at the 5:47 mark in the fourth quarter, the Birdcage erupted, from the packed student section behind the bench all the way to the double-digit contingent from the Class of ’69 in the rafters. The shot gave the Jays their biggest lead of the night at 36-27.

But the Tigers refused to go away, clamping down on defense and chipping away on offense. After being down 40-32, Holy Cross rattled off 11 straight points before Jesuit converted a free throw on its last possession. Senior Rob Weiss, who led the Jays with 15 points, purposefully missed his second free throw, but failed to draw iron in the process. Holy Cross then inbounded the ball and ran out the clock.

Jesuit falls to 5-12 with the loss. Next up for the Jays is a road contest against John Curtis on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Tip-off has been pushed up to 6:00 p.m.

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