Blue Jays crush Hornets
By Tom Dodge
Sometimes all you need is a little motivation.
With their backs against the wall in a must-win situation, the St. Edmund Blue Jays jumped back into the district battle Friday night with a 45-24 win over Catholic High of Pointe Coupee.
“The first time we played them No. 32 (John Leonard) killed us with 24 points off offensive rebounds,” St. Edmund head coach Josh Andrus said. “I told them for every point he gets an offensive rebound they would have to run a suicide.
“He only got one tonight and that was the key.”
Leonard finished with seven points, including three free throws as the Blue Jay defense dominated the game form the beginning.
St. Edmund grabbed a 6-4 first quarter lead, sparked by back-to-back drove in the lane from Marshall Arabie.
Arabie continued his scoring explosion with seven more points early in the second period including a three-pointer and impressive consecutive dives in the lane.
Pascal Mitchell hit a free throw for only point in the period for the Hornets to close the gap to 13-5 with 45 seconds left before intermission.
Jerod Fontenot scored from the baseline and Tyler Vidrine scored on a lay-up with one second left as the Jays forged ahead 17-5 at the break.
The Jays opened the third period with a 8-3 run including two buckets from Eric Guillory for a 25-8 advantage.
The Jays added a pair of treys from Guillory and Miller for a 31-10 lead with 3:05 left in the period.
Jacob Brichot scored on a steal and lay-up for the Hornets, but Guillory responded with a lay-up of his own and Vidrine scored on a put-back at the buzzer to push the Jays ahead 35-13 heading into the final frame.
The two teams had their best offensive showings in the fourth period as Catholic opened with a 7-2 run including a trey from Brichot to close the gap to 37-20.
After a St. Ed timeout, the Jays closed the game with a 8-4 run to seal the win, aided with four free throws from Arabie.
Arabie finished with 19 points, while Guillory chipped in 11 points in the win.
St. Edmund has Tuesday off, but returns to district action at home Friday against first place North Central.
“Right now if we win the games we are supposed to then we will be tied for second with Pointe Coupee,” Andrus said. “We need to win at least two of the next three games.”
After North Central (12-11, 4-0), the Jays host False River (2-17, 1-3) and visit St. Joseph (0-26,)