Jesuit spent the first half of Friday night’s District 9-5A game at Rummel searching for a second scorer.
Boy, did the Blue Jays find one.
Center Foster Moreau scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half to fuel a 49-36 victory at Rummel, a performance which gave Jesuit its first district win of the season.
The highlight of Moreau’s performance: leading by six late in the fourth quarter, he jumped in front of a passing lane for a steal then raced down the court, finishing with a one-handed dunk.
“I’d seen them run the play four or five times throughout the game, so I knew it was coming,” said Moreau, who helped Jesuit improve to 10-5 and 1-2 in district. “Screen across the lane, UCLA cut, and Adam Karrigan was going to pop up to the top of the key and catch a pass, reverse and then go screen away, and I said I’m not going to let him catch the pass.”
After the steal, Karrigan gave chase, but not even his foul at the rim could halt Moreau’s second-half surge.
“At some point, we realized this game was important to us, and we started playing,” Jesuit coach Chris Jennings said.
Trey LaForge led Jesuit with a game-high 23 points. In the first half, he scored all but four of the Blue Jays’ 18 points.
Jesuit had lost its first two district games, including Tuesday’s 50-36 loss to visiting Brother Martin. Now, Jesuit is primed to continue its newfound momentum next week against Holy Cross, hoping to set up an important game next Friday against district favorite St. Augustine.
“We came out after losing two games to start district play, so this is just a huge win for us,” LaForge said. “It gives us a little momentum going into district.”
Dwight Harris led Rummel (17-5, 2-1) with 12 points, including a 3-pointer from about 48 feet as time expired in the third quarter, tying the score at 26.
Then Foster went to work in the post, scoring on high-percentage shots with few challenges from Rummel’s smaller lineup. His score in the post with 4:16 marked 10 consecutive points for the center, giving Jesuit a 32-28 lead. Teammate Paul Kohnke followed with a put back, and Rummel started its offensive play, not knowing Moreau had seen enough.
Kristian Fulton added 10 for Rummel.
“We wanted to limit what they got. We wanted somebody else to beat us,” Rummel coach Troy Holley said of the Jesuit’s Moreau. “Early on, we did a good job of that. Then we let that get away from us.”