The biggest offensive play on Friday night came when a Jesuit High senior hit a half-court shot at halftime, earning him a $100 gift certificate to Bridgeport Village, two movie passes and a free burger at Joe’s Burgers.

Other than that, it was defense, defense, defense.

Jesuit played just a little bit more defense than Central Catholic High and won the home game, 40-35.

The tight defense, combined with the large crowd, led to a testy atmosphere on the court with players talking back-and-forth to each other. A few times words even led to some shoving between the teams.

“We play them almost every year in the playoffs down the road,” Jesuit post Henry Mondeaux said. “And we’ve just always been rivals. It’s the tradition we have.”

Jesuit wing Collin Landry led all scorers with 11 points.

“It was mostly just my teammates getting me the ball in the right situations, and then I was looking to be aggressive,” Landry said.

Crusaders guard Daniel Nelson provided Landry some offensive support with eight points.

It was the defense that was the real story, though.

The score was tied 2-2 until 2:21 remaining in the first quarter. Jesuit led 9-8 at the end of the period.

It seemed hard to believe, but the game actually got tighter in the second quarter. Neither defense gave up easy shots and even when one team did get an open look, the ball rattled around the rim and refused to go in. The squads went into intermission with the Crusaders leading 17-15.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAMIE VALDEZ - Jesuit junior point guard Reid Bucy puts up a layup attempt over the Central Catholic defense.

“We all play great defense,” Landry said of the Crusaders. “Henry Mondeaux and Ryan McEvoy worked their butts off on defense, and it was just an overall team effort on defense.”

At halftime, Eric Leonard lined up to take the half-court shot. Leonard played basketball for Jesuit his freshman and sophomore year, but since then has only played Christian Youth Organization basketball.

Leonard’s shot was dead on. As it went in, the crowd reached its highest volume of the night, with both Crusader and Rams fans cheering. Leonard was rushed by Jesuit students, celebrating the moment with him.

“I didn’t really want to take the shot,” Leonard said. “I was a little nervous. I took two steps, and l just tossed it up.”

by: TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jesuit Crusaders guard Jack Bell (22) dives for a loose ball against Central Catholic Rams Cameron Scarlett (22) and LaMar Winston (4) in the first half at Knight Center.

Both teams continued their strong defense in the second half. Central Catholic took its first lead of the game when the Rams went up 24-23 with 3:13 remaining in the third quarter.

Jesuit was able to bounce back, though, and went into the final period up 30-26. The Crusaders held onto the lead and hit their free throws down the stretch for the win. No one on Central Catholic scored in double figures on the night.

“It was just the communication and studying the scouting report,” Mondeaux said. “We’ve been working a lot on defense this week and we wanted to throw some new things out there on misses and dead balls. We wanted to give them different looks all the time so they didn’t figure out what we were doing.”

Contract Publishing

Go to top
Template by JoomlaShine