Basketball Team Falls in Close Game with De La Salle

Posted January 4, 2017 / Last updated January 6, 2017

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Elijah Morgan makes this attempt at the goal, which misses...

Elijah Morgan makes an aggressive move at the basket as the Jays rally late in the fourth quarter.

It was a tough game to watch on Tuesday night in the De La Salle gym. The Blue Jays shot just 37% from the field in the contests and were outscored by the Cavaliers 25-4 in the second quarter.

Add to that a series of technical fouls in the second half which slowed the game to a snail’s pace, and it seemed like the Blue Jays just couldn’t find their rhythm.

Despite these hardships, Jesuit showed tremendous resilience for three quarters of play. In the first quarter, the Jays put forth an inspired effort. Their full court press forced multiple De La Salle turnovers, and the Jesuit shots were falling, propelling the Jays to a 13-6 lead.

In the second quarter, De La Salle stepped up their intensity, and Jesuit was stunned. A seven point lead at the beginning of the quarter turned into a 14 point deficit at the half.

To their credit, the team regrouped during halftime, and battled their way back to within striking distance. The third quarter effort cut the De La Salle lead to 10 points.

In the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays laid it all on the line. Hunt Conroy hit a momentum swinging three pointer from the wing in front of the Jesuit bench, and Elijah Morgan knocked down two three pointers of his own to ignite a late game rally. Morgan was the high scorer for the Jays with 16 points.

Unfortunately, De La Salle was not giving up easily, hitting threes step-in-step with the Blue Jay rally. Jesuit was able to keep its intensity high as the game drew on. Will Hillery sunk two free throws to narrow the lead to four points with 34 seconds left. Hillery had 14 points in the game.

The Blue Jays put themselves in a place with a real shot at victory. De La Salle held the line at the free throw line, however, and pulled ahead 56-49 by the final buzzer.

High marks go to the team for its resilience in a tough game, but the Blue Jays are still looking for a way to beat tough teams in the stretch as they enter district play.

The Blue Jays open district play on Friday night at Holy Cross. Tip off against the Tigers is at 7 PM.