Blue Jays beat Hurricanes for first time
By Tom Dodge
The students stormed the floor as if the Blue Jays had won the state title.
St. Edmund had not earned a trophy, but the Blue Jays made history Friday night.
Jerod Fontenot scored 28 points against the Hurricanes including the game winning lay-up with six seconds left to lift the Jays to a 77-75 win over North Central.
With the win, St. Edmund moves into second place in District 6-1A and needs a win over False River at home Tuesday or at St. Joseph on Friday to secure a playoff spot.
“I think this is first time we have ever beat North Central,” St, Edmund head coach Josh Andrus said. “We ran with them all night and we handled their press pretty well.
“This was a big win for us,” he said. “We need to finish the district strong especially against False River.”
St. Edmund came out riding the wave of excitement from the Lady Jays’ win and grabbed a 12-5 advantage sparked by four buckets in the lane by Jarod Fontenot.
North Central grabbed a 15-14 lead on a trey by Joseph Simien with 1:30 left in the first period, but the Jays quickly responded with a 7-0 run including five throws to take a 21-5 margin into the second period.
North Central’s Simien hit two quick buckets to begin the second period to close the gap to two points, but Fontenot’s inside drive combined with three-pointer from Marshall Arabie (21 points) and a lay-in by Eric Guillory (17 points) gave the Jays a 28-19 lead midway through the quarter.
North Central answered with a 4-0 run, but the Jays rocked the crowded gym with a 10-2 explosion sparked by a trey from Arabie and three-point play by Fontenot.
North Central outscored the Jays 8-5 in the final minute to close the gap to 43-31 at the break.
The Canes began the third period with a 14-8 run with a strong inside presence.
A technical foul against St. Edmund head coach Josh Andrus helped the Canes close the gap to 53-49 as the game increased its intensity late in the period.
Another technical against the Jays early in the final quarter lifted the Canes to a 59-58 advantage.
A slam dunk by Simien with 5:48 left gave increased North Central’s lead to 61-58, but it also motivated the Blue Jays as St. Edmund went on a 12-2 run including key inside buckets from Arabie and Fontenot to retake a 69-65 advantage.
North Central responded with a 7-2 run to keep the game close before Adrian Johnson’s trey with 41 seconds left gave the Hurricanes a 75-74 lead.
But the Jays would stun the district leading Hurricanes when Fontenot drove the baseline with 18 second left just like he had done all night against the North Central defense to seal the win and bring the crowd to their feet and then to the court.