Trey LaForge had led Jesuit all game, and he was there at the end to seal the Blue Jays’ 55-50 victory against Rummel on Tuesday at Jesuit.
Jesuit led 53-50 with 5.2 seconds left. LaForge missed two free throws. However, he grabbed the rebound after the second miss, was fouled again and made both.
The win gave the Blue Jays (14-6, 5-3) sole possession of third place in District 9-5A over Rummel (19-9, 4-4).
LaForge, with 18 points, and center Foster Moreau, with 12, carried Jesuit’s inside game, and guard Paul Kohnke also scored 12.
“Our strength is trying to get to the basket, and for the most part, we did a good job of that tonight,” Jesuit coach Chris Jennings said.
“I thought we kind of pulled away at some point in the third quarter, beginning of the fourth quarter.”
With Jesuit leading 36-30, Moreau had a steal and two-handed dunk at 5:45 of the fourth quarter, and LaForge followed with a drive on the next possession that gave put the Blue Jays a 10-point lead.
Rummel battled back the rest of the game, closing to 51-47 on a drive by Caleb Burks, who had a game-high 22 points. Burks sank a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left to bring the margin three before LaForge’s big rebound.
“We would have loved to have gotten that rebound, but there were a million plays in the game,” Rummel coach Troy Holley said. “LaForge is a good player. We tried to limit him and Moreau, but some of their other players hurt us.”
Jesuit gained a nine-point lead at 2:45 of the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Kohnke. However, it had to fend off a late Rummel run that brought the Raiders to 31-28 with 40 seconds left on a drive by Ashken Stamm. Moreau sank a jumper in the lane with three seconds left that gave the Blue Jays a 33-28 cushion heading into the fourth.
“We told them at halftime that we thought Rummel would begin trapping,” Jennings said. “We were able to take advantage of that and get some drives to the basket. But we also made some turnovers. We had some silly turnovers near the end of the game also that made it close, but we won the game.”
The Blue Jays went into halftime with a 24-18 after LaForge’s jump shot with one second left in the half after Rummel threatened.
Jesuit had built an 18-10 margin by 3:57 of the second quarter on the strength of drives to the basket by Moreau and LaForge to start the quarter.
The Raiders, however, came back. Harris made a pull-up 16-footer from the ride side, then got a steal that led to a jumper by Burks, bringing Rummel to 20-16.
Rummel stayed close on Stamm’s shot from the corner with 26 seconds left after the Raiders patiently worked for an open shot. That kept them at 22-18. But, LaForge answered with his 18-footer.
The teams started slowly, each running its motion offense patiently, with four lead changes. However, after a Rummel turnover, Kohnke sank a 3-pointer for a 12-8 lead with 26 seconds left.