Blue Jays soar past Gators
By Tom Dodge
The St. Edmund Blue Jays kept their grasp on second place in District 6-1A with a 63-35 win over False River Academy Tuesday on Senior Night.
“The second round has been a lot better than the first half,” St. Edmund head coach Josh Andrus said of the district run. “The biggest thing has been our defense.”
Devin Miller drove the lane and Marshall Arabie added a three pointer to give the Jays a quick 5-2 lead.
Miller, Hunter Arnaud and Arabie scored to push St. Edmund ahead 14-6 at the end of the first period.
The Jays outscored the Gators 27-8 in the second period to put the game away by intermission.
Eric Guillory was the hot shooter in the second frame with a pair of three pointers and a drive in the lane.
Tyler Vidrine drained a trey at the 3:05 mark to push the Jays ahead 37-12 and Miller added a second chance shot with 1:08 left before False River’s Garrett Venable scored right before intermission.
The two teams battled in the third period as each squad mounted short runs.
The St. Ed offense opened the period with a 6-0 run on baskets from Jarod Fontenot, Miller and Vidrine.
FRA went on a 7-4 run to close out the period, trailing 51-23.
Arabie hit two free throws and Adam Clause scored on a putback shot early in the final period before Venable pushed in three points for the Gators.
Treys from Miller and Andre Aguillard gave the Jays a 61-29 advantage with just over a minute remaining.
False River finished the game with a 6-3 run to make the final margin 63-35.
Miller finished with 17 points, while Arabie chipped in 14 and Guillory added 12 points in the win.
“I count on the seniors a lot,” Andrus said. “They are a big reason why we have done so well.
“Each night a different one steps up,” he said. “They are finding the one who has the hot hand.”
St. Edmund travels to St. Joseph on Friday in the district finale.