JOHN CURTIS 53, RUMMEL 30
at Rummel, Friday (Feb. 14), Catholic League (District 9-5A)
Records: John Curtis, 9-17 (3-8); Rummel, 14-14 (2-8)
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- John Curtis couldn’t quite pull away from Rummel early on in Friday’s Catholic League contest, but that changed in the third quarter. After holding a fairly comfortable 20-13 lead going into halftime, the Patriots went on to score 16 of the third quarter’s first 20 points for a commanding 36-20 advantage with just over a minute to go until the start of the fourth. As was the case for most of the night, sophomore Buddy Taylor and junior Jourdan Stipe led the way scoring 12 of the team’s 16 points during the run.
- Rummel made their last push of the game starting at the end of the third quarter. Kade Rivera buried a 3-pointer for the final bucket of the third before Colby Barrios hit another long range shot to start the fourth. His solo run continued converting an and-one off a putback, which pulled Rummel within 36-26 with 6:58 left in the game after a 9-0 spurt. That was as close as the Raiders would get, though, as Buddy Taylor soon responded with his own and-one. The Patriots proceeded to put their foot on the gas scoring 17 of the game’s last 21 points.
- Curtis started Friday’s game on a 7-1 run, but Rummel kept it close thanks to 3-pointers by Colby Barrios and Kade Rivera, the last of which came at the first-quarter buzzer. The Patriots went on another 7-1 burst in the second that put them ahead 20-10 with 1:05 left until the break, but Colby Barrios connected on the second of his three 3-pointers to cut the score to 20-13 at halftime.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Buddy Taylor, John Curtis
Taylor was on fire from the tip sinking a 3-pointer on his first shot attempt of the game. The 6-foot senior guard nearly outscored Rummel by himself putting up 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting including 3-of-5 from behind the arc. He scored 15 in the second half including eight in the third quarter when he made all three of his shots including two triples.
- John Curtis also got key contributions Friday night from junior Jourdan Stipe and sophomore Darius Rockett. Stipe scored 8 of his 10 points through the first three quarters and Rockett put the game away scoring eight of his 17 in the fourth with two steals, three total for the game.
- John Curtis was an efficient 19-of-38 (50.0%) from the field including 3-of-11 from three while holding Rummel to 9-of-39 (23.1%) and 6-of-22 (27.3%) from deep. The Patriots also made 12-of-15 (80.0%) free throws to Rummel’s 6-of-12 (50.0%).
- It was a sweet win for Curtis after dropping the first matchup to Rummel, 63-57, in overtime on January 21.
- Curtis was itching for a victory Friday night after coming into the game with nine straight losses. A total of five those defeats came by six points or fewer and only two were double-digit losses. The Patriots’ last victory had come on January 10 against Holy Cross, 57-52.
- Rummel has hit a rough stretch in its season dropping its sixth straight contest. Two of those were by four points or fewer with the rest being in double-digits.
- Rummel came into Friday with the higher LHSAA power ranking of the two teams in Division I. The Raiders were No. 9 while Curtis was last at No. 12.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
John Curtis | 9 | 11 (20) | 16 (36) | 17 – 53
Rummel | 7 | 6 (13) | 7 (20) | 10 – 30
John Curtis: Buddy Taylor, 24; Darius Rockett, 17; Jourdan Stipe, 10; Laron Louis, 2; (*Rashad Holmes, 4 assists, 4 rebounds).
Rummel: Colby Barrios, 14; Garrett Schmit, 8; Kade Rivera, 7; Bradley Smith, 1.
Up Next: Both John Curtis and Rummel will continue Catholic League play Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Patriots host first-place St. Augustine while the Raiders travel to Jesuit.