Foster Moreau couldn’t find his touch at the free-throw line Friday night until late in the game.
The Jesuit forward stepped up to the free-throw line after missing 11 of his first 12 free throws with 1:31 left and his team leading 27-24. He knew in that moment it had to be mind over matter.
Moreau stepped to the free-throw line and drained both free throws and added another one minute later to secure a 33-30 win at St. Aug (19-5, 4-1 in 9-5A) on Friday night, ending the Purple Knights’ 13-game winning streak against Catholic League foes.
“I was just being told by my teammates that I need to bend my knees, follow through and keep my eyes on the basket,” said Moreau, who finished 4-of-16 from the free-throw line. “I just needed to have confidence and make sure it’s going in; and it did.”
Jesuit (17-5, 3-4), which suffered two losses to the Purple Knights earlier this season, got an extra boost in their district standings after Friday’s win, with district leaders St. Aug and Brother Martin (lost to Shaw 71-70) both losing Friday night.
“Now this just bunches everybody up,” Jesuit coach Chris Jennings said. “We’re still a game behind, and we don’t get to play St. Aug again. We’ll just see what happens, but it’s a good win for us.”
St. Aug, ranked No. 2 in the New Orleans Advocate Super 10, lost forward Charles Brown with four minutes left in the first quarter after he got his second foul.
With the Purple Knights senior leader forced to the bench, Jesuit began to attack St. Aug on the inside and managed to push their lead to 13-6 by the end of the first.
The Blue Jays utilized their methodical motion offense and control the tempo, leading to a second quarter in which neither team scored a field goal. The only points of the period came on a free throw by St. Aug forward Patrick Smith, which allowed the Blue Jays to take a 13-7 lead into halftime.
Moreau led the Blue Jays with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Trey Lafarge added nine points and seven rebounds.
“I have never played in a game like this in my life,” Moreau said. “It was fun to play, and I’m just glad we came away with the ‘W.’
“It’s pretty sweet to get the win in Aug’s gym.”
The two teams loosen up offensively in the third quarter, but St. Aug still failed to cut into the Jesuit lead. The Purple Knights cut the deficit to 15-11 early in the third quarter on two free throws by Brown, but Jesuit went on an 8-2 run to extend their lead to 23-13.
The Purple Knights finally got the first two field goals of the night from their leading scorers on the season, Caleb Daniels and Brown, on back-to-back possessions, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Brown that cut the Jesuit lead to 23-18 heading into the final period.
Brown had five points, four rebounds and two blocks. Jordan Sneed led the Purple Knights with eight points.
“To win at St. Aug is always good,” Jennings said. “They’re a tremendous basketball program and a tremendous team. … They’re always good ,and they’re extremely well-coached.”