Basketball Opens District 9-5A Play with Slam Dunk Performance

Posted January 3, 2024 / Last updated January 8, 2024

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A solid performance propelled the basketball team to a victory over the Edna Karr Cougars in the first District 9-5A contest of the season. The team displayed strength from the start, blocking shots, forcing turnovers, and capitalizing on offensive opportunities.

The Cougars’ defense was outmatched by the Blue Jays’ quick passing and disciplined offense. Junior Brewer Nitcher contributed offensively and defensively, leading the Blue Jays with 13 points, six blocks, four rebounds, and two steals. The Jays established an early lead, finishing the first quarter ahead at 15-10. The second quarter opened with a 7-0 run by the Jays, extended the lead to 26-15. Junior Ethan Lapeze ended the half with two points at the buzzer—energizing teammates and fans alike—as Jesuit secured a 30-20 halftime score. The Jays limited Karr to just six points in the third quarter and held the Cougars scoreless in the fourth to clinch the win.

“Anytime you win a district game, it’s a great victory. I was very pleased with our defensive effort. The fact that our guys stayed locked in defensively for the entire game was impressive.”

Chris Jennings ’78

Senior Gus Laibe contributed 12 points, three rebounds, and three assists, and fellow senior Jude LaForge tallied eight points, four rebounds, four assists, and three steals. Sophomore Zach LaGraize added seven points and seven rebounds, while junior Ethan Lapeze scored six.

The junior varsity team also bested Karr with a 64-50 victory. Sophomore Sven Jensen was a standout scorer with a 22-point game.

The Jays (17-3) will host Archbishop Rummel next Tuesday, January 9 for their second district game of the season at the Benson Arena.