Strong Second Half Tames Eagles

Posted January 19, 2018 / Last updated January 23, 2018

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Drew Black poured in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked four shots in Jesuits 46-34 victory at Shaw on Friday, Dec. 19.

Drew Black poured in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and blocked four shots in Jesuit’s 46-34 victory at Shaw on Friday, Jan. 19.

Archbishop Shaw put up 17 points in the first half of Friday’s district battle in Marrero, good enough to take a four-point lead into the locker room.

They followed that up with another 17 in the second half. Unfortunately for the Eagles, the visiting Blue Jays more than doubled their first half output in chalking up their third district win of the season, 46-34.

The script was a familiar one. Jesuit played suffocating full-court defense from wire to wire. It was enough to keep the Jays close during a first half when their shooting was almost as cold as the recent weather.

In the second half Shaw started to wither under the relentless pressure, and the Jays converted several easy transition baskets off turnovers. By the end of the third quarter, Jesuit was up 29-26. In the fourth, the Eagles simply ran out of gas, as evidenced by their 1-6 shooting from the charity stripe.

For the night, Jesuit scored 25 of its 46 points off Shaw’s 26 turnovers.

Senior center Drew Black and junior point guard Elijah Morgan each scored 16 points, together accounting 70 percent of Jesuit’s scoring and all of the team’s fourth-quarter points. Black also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and swatted away four Eagle field goal attempts.

Jesuit (14-4, 3-1) returns to the court on Tuesday, Jan. 23 for a match-up with the John Curtis Patriots. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. in the Birdcage.