Jays Drop District Finale at Curtis

Posted February 16, 2018 / Last updated February 21, 2018

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Drew Black scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds against John Curtis on Friday, Feb. 16.

Drew Black scored six points and pulled down seven rebounds against John Curtis on Friday, Feb. 16.

Jesuit’s basketball team traveled to John Curtis with a five-game winning streak and its  hopes still alive for a district title. They left with neither.

The home-standing Patriots played perhaps their most complete game of the district season on their Senior Night, shooting 42 percent from the field to the Jays’ 28 percent in posting a 69-58 victory. Curtis led by as many as 16 points in the fourth quarter.

It was the most points allowed in regulation by the Jays all year.

Jesuit did lead for a short time early in the first quarter. But junior guard Elijah Morgan, the Jays’ most potent offensive threat, picked up his second foul with 4:00 left in the opening frame. At the 3:14 mark, with his substitute waiting at the scorer’s table, Morgan picked up a third. That’s when things began to go south. By the end of the quarter, Curtis was up 15-8, and they extended the lead to 27-19 by halftime.

In the third quarter, with Morgan back in and well rested, the Jays mounted a comeback. They closed to within five points, but missed open looks on their next two possessions and were unable to cut the lead any further. Down by double digits late in the third quarter Jesuit began gambling on defense, trapping early and jumping passing lanes. But they came up empty more often than not as Curtis converted several easy baskets. The Patriots were also deadly from the foul line, converting 21-28 free throws on the evening, many of those in the frantic fourth quarter when both teams put up 31 points.

Morgan led all scorers with 31 points. He and senior Drew Black pulled down seven rebounds apiece, while junior Noah Varnado chipped in 13 points.

Jesuit will learn its playoff assignment in the 13-team select school bracket on Monday. On Tuesday, they’ll close out the regular season with a home game against Lusher. Tip-off is 7:00 in the Birdcage.