Rummel use tough defense to secure a 56-38 road win over Jesuit in District 9-5A action Tuesday.

Rummel improved to 12-10, while Jesuit fell to 7-13.

“It’s always good when you can come in here and win. They’re one of the best coached teams in the state,” Rummel coach Troy Holley said of Jesuit. “We told (our guys) defense was going to be the difference in the game. ... Our guys really busted their tails on defense, and the offense took care of itself.”

Jesuit and Rummel took time to find their rhythm offensively. The Raiders got things going near the end of the first quarter by scoring seven straight points to take an 11-4 lead. They held a 13-5 advantage at the end of the opening period.

“We were so focused on the defensive end of the floor,” Holley said. “Once we extended their defense, we were able to get a few easy buckets.”

While Jesuit’s offense gained steam in the second quarter, they struggled with turnovers and securing rebounds. Rummel took advantage of the Blue Jays’ mistakes and stretched its lead to 25-14 at halftime.

In the defense-dominated first half, only 10 team fouls were called and neither team reached the bonus.

Jesuit stepped up its defensive pressure in the third quarter. The strategy worked as they created turnovers and drew enough fouls to reach the bonus early. They managed to cut the Raiders’ lead to 27-22. However, Rummel did not slow down, Iman Fazande quickly scored five straight points to extend the Raiders lead back to 10. They maintained an eight-point lead heading into the final period.

The Raiders kept their foot on the gas in the fourth quarter. They broke the Jesuit press and aggressively attacked the basket to push their lead back into double digits and pull away with the victory.

“You can’t (let up) against them,” Holley said. “They’re going to play hard to the end, so can never let up against these guys.”

Fazande led the Raiders with 22 points and keyed Rummel’s second-half runaway.

“Just being aggressive,” he said, “trying to get my team back to where we were in the first half.”