Jays Build Early Lead, Hold Off Patriots for Road Win
The Jesuit basketball team built a big first half lead, then fought off a second half surge by the John Curtis Patriots to open up the second round of district play with a 47-42 road win on Friday, Jan. 25.
Seven different Blue Jays scored in the first half as Jesuit’s crisp ball movement created open shots from all over the floor. On the defensive end, senior Noah Varnado was a rebounding vacuum, preventing Curtis from getting anything in the way of second chance points. By halftime, Jesuit had a seemingly commanding 28-14 lead.
But nothing is ever easy in district play, and this night would be no exception. The Patriots opened the second half by outscoring Jesuit 20-6 to tie the game at 34 in the fourth quarter. Fortunately, the Jays were able to make their free throws down the stretch to pull away for the five-point victory. Jesuit made 11 of 15 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter, with six of those coming from senior Robert McMahon.
Senior guard Elijah Morgan led the Jays in scoring for the night with 12 points, followed closely by McMahon with 11. With the win, Jesuit improves to 5-2 in district play.
Through the Lens…
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By the Numbers…
|Elijah Morgan (#10)||12 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals|
|Robert McMahon (#22)||11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blocks|
|Nick Brewster (#5)||7 points, 5 rebounds|
|Nick Artigues (#21)||6 points, 9 rebounds|
|Noah Varnado (#23)||5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals|
The New Orleans Advocate – Strong defense helps Jesuit hold off John Curtis
On the Horizon…
Next up is a Tuesday night match-up in the Birdcage against Coach Scott Thompson and his much-improved Rummel squad. The Raiders are coming off a huge upset of St. Augustine. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.