Basketball Continues Win Streak with Mandeville

Posted December 21, 2016 / Last updated December 23, 2016

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The Jays Defeat the Skippers 70-39

Will Hillery scores two after pulling down an offensive rebound.

Will Hillery scores two of his 20 points after pulling down an offensive rebound in the paint.

The Blue Jay basketball team reached double digit wins on the season, defeating Mandeville in the Birdcage on Tuesday night to improve its record to 10-4.

The Skippers remained within reach of the Jays throughout the first half, trailing by only six points at halftime. In the third quarter Jesuit outscored Mandeville 20-5 to blow out the lead to 21 points and cruise to victory.

The first half featured consistent play from both teams. The Skippers and the Blue Jays were disciplined on both sides of the ball, with Jesuit edging just ahead in shooting percentage from the field. The offense especially was charged by Hunt Conroy’s two last-minute three pointers at the end of the first and second periods. Adding to the excitement was the fact that both shots sailed just over the fingertips of his 6’6″ defender.

Hunt Conroy drains a three over the Mandeville 6'6" defender just before the 1st quarter buzzer. He his a shot just like it to end the second quarter from the other side of the court.

Hunt Conroy drains a three over his 6’6″ defender just before the first quarter buzzer. He hit a shot just like it to end the second quarter from the other side of the court.

The second half saw the Jays up their discipline and the Skippers falter in theirs. Sloppy point guard play by Mandeville and excited defensive pressure by Jesuit forced 23 turnovers in the game for the Skippers. Jesuit capitalized for 31 points off turnovers, which was the point total for Jesuit’s advantage 70-39.

Will Hillery led the third quarter rally and led all scorers with 20 point in the game, 18 of which came in the paint. Hunt Conroy and Elijah Morgan each had triple three pointer nights. Conroy had 14 total points, and Morgan had 10.

Michael Hull led the defense with five steals. Will Hillery had three of his own, including one from the Mandeville point guard in the third quarter which he converted to a layup and sent the crowd to their feet. The Jays had 16 steals on the night.

The Blue Jay basketball team continues regular season play this week with a pair of games on Thursday and Friday. The Jays suit up against the Chalmette Owls on Thursday night at 6:00 PM at Jesuit; then they head to Warren Easton on Friday for a 5:15 PM tip off.