Jays stumble at Pine Prairie

By Tom Dodge

sportsenews@bellsouth.net

PINE PRAIRIE - The St. Edmund Blue Jays struggled against the Pine Prairie Panthers, falling 73-41 in the PBHS Invitational.

“They are good at basketball and they showed that tonight,” St. Edmund head coach Josh Andrus said about the Panthers.

“But playing teams like this help us down the road.”

After Hunter Arnaud drilled a three-pointer to open the game for the Jays, Pine Prairie mounted a 15-2 run as the Panthers broke the game open for good.

Blue Jay Marshall Arabie scored underneath twice in the period as St. Edmund trailed 17-7 as the game moved into the second period.

The Panthers stormed out with a 15-0 run before Adam Clause scored with 4:35 left before intermission for the first St. Ed points of the period.

Arnaud later drove the lane while Arabie and Clause chipped in two free throws each as the Jays closed the gap to 38-16 at the break.

Arabie, who finished with 14 points, scored the first five points of the third period for the Jays including a long range trey.

Arnaud added a jumper at the 5:15 mark to pull the Jays closer, 42-24.

Pine Prairie responded with a 15-2 run to close the third period including several quick buckets off Blue Jay turnovers.

With a 59-26 advantage heading into the final quarter, the Panthers continued to push with a 6-2 run.

Eric Guillory then drained a trey and a bucket, while Clause chipped in a coast-to-coast lay-in and a trey to help the Jays mount a 11-2 run, its best surge of the game.

St. Edmund entertains Oberlin Monday before taking time off for Christmas break.

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