Tenacious Defense Gives Jays Chance, But St. Aug Pulls Out Victory
Jesuit’s basketball team held heavily favored St. Augustine to 38 points–25 below their season average–on Tuesday. Jan. 26 at the Birdcage.
Unfortunately, St. Aug returned the defensive intensity, holding the Jays to a season-low 25-point output as the Purple Knights solidified their hold on first place in District 9-5A.
Jesuit actually attempted more shots on the night, but just couldn’t find the bottom of the net. The Jays converted just seven of 33 attempts from the field. Nonetheless, when junior Brendan Conroy drained a three-pointer at the third quarter buzzer (the only one of 14 three-point attempts to hit the mark), Jesuit closed to 26-18 and actually had a fighting chance to pull the upset.
But they couldn’t get any closer.
Junior Will Hillery led the Jays offensively with eight points. Freshman Ross Talbot pulled down a team-high five rebounds and dished out two assists.
Jesuit is now 7-15 overall and 2-5 in district.
Next up is a rematch with the Holy Cross Tigers on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at Holy Cross. The Tigers beat the Jays 43-41 back on Jan. 8 at the Birdcage. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.