Bulldogs down Blue Jays
By Tom Dodge
Blue Jay Devin Miller drained a three-pointer with 1.5 seconds left but Iota escaped with a 66-65 win over St. Edmund Friday night.
“There were some things that were good signs for us tonight,” St. Edmund head coach Josh Andrus said.
“We played a lot better than the first time we played them.”
Iota won 58-32 back on Dec. 5 in the Elton tournament.
“We actually ran some plays, went through the offense and it worked for us,” Andrus said.
“We are improving as a team,” Andrus said. “We did some things better, but we lost our heads on a couple of plays and it cost us big.”
The Jays opened the final period with a 6-2 run with two free throws from Jerod Fontenot and a drive in the lane by Marshall Arabie to close the gap to 53-51, but the Bulldogs regrouped with a 7-2 run to increase the margin to 60-53 midway through the period.
Another 6-2 run by the Jays including back-to-back buckets from Eric Guillory kept the Jays close, 62-59 with 1:18 left.
Three free throws by the Jays closed Iota’s margin to 64-62 with 29 seconds remaining, but two missed shots at the charity stripe kept St. Edmund from forcing a tie.
Brennan Miller hit two free throws to give the Bulldogs a crucial 66-62 lead that proved to be the difference in the contest.
Trailing 31-29 at the break, St. Edmund tied the game when Guillory hit two free throws on a technical foul called on Wickman with 6:37 left in the third period.
The Blue Jays and Bulldogs battled for the lead as the period progressed before Iota mounted a 10-1 run including treys from Jordan Sylestine and Wickman for a 45-35 Bulldog advantage.
Fontenot helped the Jays get back in the game with three drive in the lane to close the gap to 47-41 with 1:45 left in the third frame.
Miller added a bucket and Guillory hit two free throws as the Jays trailed 51-45 as the game moved into the final period.
Iota opened the game with a 6-2 run but Fontenot’s eight points in the opening period helped the Jays storm back to close the gap to 11-10 with 3:33 left in the quarter.
A drive down the baseline by Devin Miller and trey from Arabie tied the game 17-17 with 1:19 left but Iota’s Brennan Miller scored underneath to retake the lead for the Bulldogs.
Fontenot responded with a put-back bucket with 31 seconds left to tie the game 19-19.
Two three-pointers from Wickman quickly increased Iota’s lead to 27-23, but St. Edmund responded with a 6-4 run to pull closer, 31-29, at the break.
Fontenot led all scorers with 24 points, while Guillory scored 14 and Arabie added 12 points for the Jays.
Brennan Miller scored 20 points and Tyler Leblanc chipped in 17 points for the Bulldogs.
St. Edmund (2-9, 0-1) returns to District 6-1A action at North Central Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays lost the district opener to Catholic of Pointe Coupee, 60-44 last Tuesday.