Jesuit dominates from start to finish in win over Rummel

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METAIRIE – In a league where there is no clear favorite, Catholic League brethren had better pay attention to Jesuit. The Blue Jays may well be that team.

The Blue Jays dominated from start to finish in a convincing 61-39 victory at Archbishop Rummel Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

“I was very pleased with our effort,” Jesuit head coach Chris Jennings said. “We always play pretty good defense. I was happy with the ball movement early on. We were selective with our shots, we got very good shots and it wasn’t one guy. Elijah had been scoring a lot of our points but tonight, it was really spread out. We kept them from penetrating the lane, they count on that and that’s a big part of their offense.

After Kade Rivera split a pair of free throws to start the game, the Blue Jays took over, going on a 7-0 run and taking a 23-12 lead after one quarter. Jesuit shot the lights out in the quarter, missing just one shot. The Blue Jays were 4-for-4 from 3-point range. Malachi Hull had a pair of 3-pointers and finished the quarter with eight points.

Jesuit opened the second quarter on a 9-0 run to stretch the lead to 32-12 before taking a 34-17 lead into halftime. Elijah Morgan led the Blue Jays with nine points in the half while Hull had eight.

The Blue Jays blew it wide open in the third quarter with a 14-0 run and led 51-23 by the end of the period. Will Landrieu knocked down a trio of 3-pointers in the quarter and had 11 points in the quarter.

Both teams went to reserves in the fourth quarter with the outcome decided.

Will Landrieu led the Blue Jays (13-3, 2-0) with 16 points, including sinking all four of his 3-point attempts.

“I think we played very well as a team and we were ready for Rummel,” Landrieu said. “We work a lot on defense, coach stresses defense. That’s all we work on, team defense and team effort. It felt good to make shots but it was my teammates getting me shots and setting screens for me to get open. I’ve got to gibe them credit.

Morgan finished with 15 points while Hull and Drew Black each had eight points for Jesuit.

“I think we’ve improved and gained a lot of confidence,” Jennings said. “We knew that we were going to be good in the beginning but as we won more games, we got more confident in each other, we beat some good teams along the way and that has certainly helped us.”

Iman Fazande topped the Raiders (14-7, 2-1) with 13 points while Donte Mitchell finished with nine points. Jesuit won the battle of the boards 23-18.

“That is a good Jesuit that executed well,” said Rummel head coach Troy Holley. “They shot the ball extremely well tonight. We would have liked to matched their effort and we were unable to do that. Offensively, when they shot as well as they did, you are not going to get too many transition baskets. We had a good effort but we didn’t execute and they did a great job of executing. We need to bounce back with two good days of practice before facing St. Aug.”

The Blue Jays are growing on a daily basis.

“I think we’ve improved and gained a lot of confidence,” Jennings said. “We knew that we were going to be good in the beginning but as we won more games, we got more confident in each other, we beat some good teams along the way and that has certainly helped us.”

With the win, Jesuit is now tied for first with Brother Martin as the only unbeaten teams in Catholic League play. The Crusaders defeated Archbishop Shaw 74-64 Tuesday night.

Both teams are back in District 9-5A play Friday night with Jesuit traveling to Holy Cross while Rummel heads to St. Augustine.

Landrieu believes the Blue Jays are a definite contender for Catholic League honors.

“Holy Cross is a good team, it will be tough,” Landrieu said. “I think the sky is the limit for this team but we have to take it one game at a time, we can’t overlook anyone.

Final
Jesuit 23 11 17 10 — 61
Rummel 12 5 6 16 — 39

Scoring
Jesuit—Will Landrieu 16, Elijah Morgan 15, Michael Hull 8, Zachary DeBlieux 8, Drew Black 8, Nick Artigues 4, Freddie Washington 2,

Rummel—Iman Fazande 13, Donte Mitchell 9, Corey Smooth 7, Aaron Brule 6, Garrett Schmidt 2, Kade Rivera 1, Logan Diggs 1

Area Prep Basketball Results from Tuesday, Jan. 9

Boys

New Orleans Area

Amite 47, Pope John Paul II 38

Belle Chasse 59, NOMMA 56

Brother Martin 74, Archbishop Shaw 64

Country Day 71, Patrick Taylor 26

John Curtis Christian 65, Holy Cross 62

Destrehan 65, East St. John 59

East Jefferson 54, Ben Franklin 37

Warren Easton 42, Salmen 41

Fontainebleau 54, Hammond 50

Jesuit 61, Archbishop Rummel 39

M.L. King Charter 67, East Iberville 55

KIPP Renaissance 54, Chalmette 40

Lutcher 51, St. James 48

McMain 56, Higgins 49

Newman 53, Lusher 40

Northshore 59, Mandeville 37

Plaquemine 69, West Jefferson 52

Riverside 71, Landry-Walker 62

St. Paul’s 88, Covington 76

St. Thomas Aquinas 60, St. Charles Catholic 28

Sophie B. Wright 97, Sci Academy 44

Baton Rouge Area

Broadmoor 83, Live Oak 81

Brusly 64, The Church Academy 61

Carencro 59, Jehovah-Jireh 52

Central 68, Northeast 39

Donaldsonville 88, West St. John 50

False River 60, Cathoilc (NI) 51

Family Christian 48, Teurlings Catholic 34

Glen Oaks 62, Tara 58

Holden 61, Albany 27

Independence 49, Northlake Christian 29

Kentwood 53, Mount Hermon 43

Livonia 49, St. John’s 42

Phoenix 48, International High 37

Scotlandville 62, Karr 43

St. Michael’s 70, Mentorship Academy 55

Jewel Sumner 51, Archbishop Hannan 42

University 58, Zachary 54

Varnado 81, Pine 56

Walker 77, Dutchtown 55

White Castle 52, Central Catholic 28

Bayou Area

Berwick 65, Erath 45

H.L. Bourgeois 66, Central Lafourche 60

Franklin 90, Delcambre 45

Morgan City 50, New Iberia 42

Patterson 56, Kaplan 41

South Lafourche 61, Covenant Christian 58

South Terrebonne 82, South Plaquemines 53

St. Amant 64, Assumption 60

Thibodaux 76, Terrebonne 52

Girls

New Orleans Area

Amite 70, Pope John Paul 23

Belle Chasse 50, NOMMA 10

Helen Cox 51, Lake Area New Tech 40

Dominican 50, Haynes 25

East St. John 67, Destrehan 44

Fontainebleau 46, Hammond 33

Ben Franklin 49, De La Salle 37

M.L. King Charter 58, East Iberville 46

McDonogh 35  34, Karr 27

Mount Carmel 56, Academy of Our Lady 29

Northshore 56, Mandeville 46

Salmen 70, Franklinton 48

St. James 48, Lutcher 38

St. Martin’s Episcopal 25, Lusher 22

St. Scholastica 61, Lakeshore 40

Ursuline 56, Riverside 37

Vandebilt Catholic 51, Academy of Sacred Heart (NO) 31

Baton Rouge Area

Albany 63, Holden 62

Archbishop Chapelle 40, St. Joseph’s Academy 32

Archbishop Hannan 38, Jewel Sumner 32

Baker 50, Northeast 24

Brusly 45, The Church Academy 41

Donaldsonville 72, West St. John 30

East Ascension 54, Dutchtown 26

False River 31, Catholic (NI) 29

Grand Isle 32, First Baptist Christian 22

Houma Christian 62, Central 27

Northlake Christian 43, Independence 32

Pine 43, Varnado 25

Plaquemine 44, Morgan City 34

Port Allen 43, West Feliciana 18

St. Charles Catholic 44, Maurepas 27

St. Mary’s Academy 51, Parkview Baptist 26

St. Michael’s 65, Capitol 12

University 53, Lee 50

Bayou Area

Catholic (NI) 36, West St. Mary 19

Central Lafourche 55, H.L. Bourgeois 49

Ellender 67, Madison Prep 46

Erath 52, Berwick 44

Franklin 55, Delcambre 30

Kaplan 72, Patterson 13

South Terrebonne 68, South Plaquemines 10

Thibodaux 50, Terrebonne 33

Area Prep Basketball Schedule for Wednesday, Jan. 10

Boys

New Orleans Area

Cohen at Crescent City Christian, 6 p.m.

Fisher at Ridgewood, 5 p.m.

French Settlement at West St. John, 6:15 p.m.

Higgins at Lake Area New Tech, 6 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Dunham at West Feliciana, 7 p.m.

Runnels at Lee, 6 p.m.

Springfield at Ascension Catholic, 6 p.m.

Bayou Area

South Plaquemines at Vandebilt Catholic, 7 p.m.

Girls

New Orleans Area

Bogalusa at Loranger, 6 p.m.

Carver at KIPP-B.T. Washington, 5:30 p.m.

Patrick Taylor at Belle Chasse, 4:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s Academy at East St. John, 5 p.m.

Baton Rouge Area

Baker at Port Allen, 5:30 p.m.

Walker at Kaplan, 4:30 p.m.

Bayou Area

Berwick at Vandebilt Catholic, 6:1

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