Weeks ago, Jesuit reversed a sluggish start, scorching Shaw in the second half for 31 points to rally past the Eagles 50-42 at home.
Thursday night unfolded in similar fashion.
Behind a second-quarter scoring binge, the Blue Jays overwhelmed the Eagles 68-40 on the road, completing the season sweep of their District 9-5A rivals while continuing Shaw’s six-game skid.
Trey LaForge poured in a game-high 23 points, including two 3-pointers to lift Jesuit. Teammate Foster Moreau chipped in 15 points and 12 rebounds — nearly matching the 17 and 15 double-double he registered in the first outing.
“I thought we slowed them down offensively,” Jesuit coach Charles Jennings said. “Our defensive performance beginning in the second quarter really sparked us.”
In the opening quarter, Shaw (10-19, 1-9) showed glimpses of the squad that stunned Brother Martin 71-70 in January. Guard Jaiwon Charles maneuvered in the paint, scoring eight of his total 14 points to pace the Eagles 14-13 at the end of one.
Then, Jesuit (15-7, 6-4) adjusted. And wedged separation.
The Blue Jays employed a full-court press trap that denied Charles the basketball, disrupting their offensive rhythm and ability to advance past halfcourt.
“Just wanted to change things up a little bit,” Jennings said. “It’s something we’ve been working on lately. We wanted to see how effective it would be.”
It distanced Jesuit and Shaw.
The Blue Jays pieced together a 13-point outburst. The Eagles scored their first field goal of the second quarter — which ended a scoring drought — with 3 minutes, 30 seconds left before intermission. Shaw completed the quarter with just five points, falling behind 37-19 at intermission.
“Charles had a breakout game against Brother Martin a few weeks ago, and since then, teams have been face-guarding him, doubling him, and trying to deny him the ball,” Shaw coach John Quilter said.
“Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to produce a lot of points without the ball in his hands.”
From there, Jesuit spread the ball around, converting a barrage of shot attempts that sealed the victory for the Blue Jays.
“They rebounded the ball very well,” Quilter said.
“They have two really skilled, really big forwards and we don’t have anyone that could contest them inside. They’re bigger than us at every spot, and used it to their advantage to grab rebounds and create more chances for themselves.”