JESUIT 51, SHAW 48 (OT) — *Video Coming Soon*
at Shaw, Friday (Jan. 17), Catholic League (District 9-5A)
Records: Jesuit, 10-8 (1-2); Shaw, 16-6 (2-2)
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 4 KEY MOMENTS
- An intense, competitive game fittingly needed overtime after an incredible stepback 3-pointer from the corner by Jesuit senior Kyle Haupt, a Millsaps commitment. The momentum carried over into the fourth quarter as the Blue Jays took a 48-44 lead with 1:36 to go in the extra four-minute period. Shaw freshman point guard Kameron Johnson responded with a layup on the ensuing possessions, and the game essentially turned into a free throw shooting contest from there with Jesuit making three straight to Shaw’s two to hold on for the win.
- An onslaught of three straight 3-pointers to start the second half by Jesuit junior Christopher Gillen flipped the game in the Blue Jays’ favor. They went from down 21-18 at halftime to up 27-23 with 5:51 remaining in the third quarter. They were able to maintain that lead throughout the period going into the fourth up 37-33.
- Shaw turned its defensive pressure up in the fourth quarter holding Jesuit scoreless for nearly the entire period. They scored seven points of their own during that stretch to take a 40-37 lead before a layup by Kyle Haupt gave Jesuit their first points of the fourth with 14 seconds left. Kameron Johnson connected on two free throws with 12.3 seconds remaining for a 42-39 advantage for Shaw before Haupt’s aforementioned buzzer-beating triple to send the game to overtime.
- It was a tight contest through most of the first half, but Shaw did put together a strong stretch that gave them a 21-12 lead with 2:43 to go until halftime after a converted and-one by junior guard Isaiah Crawford. Jesuit, however, scored the half’s last eight points to keep themselves within striking distance.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Christopher Gillen, Jesuit
Gillen did the vast majority of his damage in the second half scoring 13 of his team-high 15 points in the last 16 minutes. The 6-foot-2 junior was particularly effective in the third quarter erupting for three straight triples in a span of 2:09 that took Jesuit from a 21-18 halftime deficit to a 27-23 lead. Gillen also had an offensive put-back that gave the Blue Jays a 48-44 lead with 1:36 left in overtime, and added four rebounds to his stat line.
- Friday’s victory was a critical win for the Blue Jays after dropping their last three games, two of which were against Catholic League foes in John Curtis (47-44) and Holy Cross (47-39). They had won five of their last six before the 3-game skid with wins over Frederick Douglass (36-23), Ellender (50-44), McMain (63-56, Landry-Walker (41-36) and Carver (67-63).
- Shaw came into Friday’s game on a hot streak winning nine of their last 10 games. Two of those came against district opponents in Rummel (60-39) and John Curtis (52-50).
- The Catholic League has been a slugfest through the early going with seemingly every team being capable of beating the other. St. Augustine certainly appears to be the favorite after overcoming an 18-point deficit against Brother Martin on Tuesday, and the Crusaders were nearly knocked off by Curtis on Friday slipping past the Patriots, 61-59 on the road. Rummel is the only team without a win in 9-5A thus far at 0-3 after a Friday night, 41-27, loss to St. Aug.
Jesuit coach Chris Jennings: “It was an extremely competitive game and I’m just really proud of our guys. Shaw’s really good, extremely well-coached, they take care of the basketball and everything you get from them you’ve gotta earn it. I thought we did that tonight and Kyle (Haupt) hit the three, which was fortunate, and we found a way to finish the game so I’m very pleased.”
Shaw coach Wesley Laurendine: “You think about fouling in that situation (up three points before Haupt’s 3-pointer), (but) he hadn’t been shooting the ball particularly well. But I’ll take that, that was on me. The kid made a good shot and did we play well enough to win? I’d say ‘yes’ for the most part.
I’ve got a really good team. Jesuit’s always good and they haven’t been playing well lately, but they came out and played great and it’s the Catholic League.”
*Video interviews coming soon with Kyle Haupt and Christopher Gillen*
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Jesuit | 8 | 10 (18) | 19 (37) | 5 (42) | 9 – 51
Shaw | 12 | 9 (21) | 13 (33) | 9 (42) | 6 – 48
Jesuit: Christopher Gillen, 15; Jack Lo, 14; Kyle Haupt, 10; Matthew Knight, 8; Adrien Foley, 2; Porter Lichtl, 2; (*Luke LaForge, 0 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists).
Shaw: Isaiah Barnes, 12; Isaiah Crawford, 11; Kameron Johnson, 9; Rodney Phillips, 7; Kenneth Taylor, 6; Corey Reed, 3.
Up Next: Jesuit and Shaw both continue Catholic League play on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Blue Jays host Brother Martin while Shaw travels to Holy Cross.