BROTHER MARTIN 64, JESUIT 35
at Brother Martin, Tuesday (Jan. 21), Catholic League (District 9-5A)
Records: Brother Martin, 21-3 (3-1); Jesuit, 10-9 (1-3)
HOW THE GAME WAS WON: 3 KEY MOMENTS
- It was all Brother Martin from the opening tap as they raced out to a 9-0 lead in the first 4:38 forcing Jesuit to call a quick timeout. The break, however, didn’t do much to slow down the Crusaders as they soon increased their lead to 13-1 and 16-2 going into the second quarter after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Steven Louis.
- Brother Martin’s near flawless play continued in the second period with Corey Skillman drilling a 3-pointer in the opening seconds of the period. The Crusaders’ defense also remained airtight as they forced Jesuit to miss its first four shots of the quarter after an 0-for-17 performance in the first. The Blue Jays finally got going a bit scoring six straight points before Brother Martin called a timeout of their own still up 21-10. They resumed their dominance after the break scoring seven straight points before going into halftime ahead 29-12.
- The second half offered more of the same of the first two quarters with Brother Martin extending its lead as high as 59-25 with 4:06 remaining in the game following a 3-pointer by Steven Louis, which was his fourth and final triple of the contest. Jesuit was never able to really threaten the Crusaders’ stranglehold on the matchup only getting as close as 32-18 with 3:32 to go in the third quarter.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brock Ranlett, Brother Martin
Ranlett was the top scorer for the Crusaders scoring 16 points on an efficient 7-of-14 from the field. The 6-foot-4 junior forward repeatedly converted his opportunities around the rim and led the game in rebounds with 11, three of which came on the offensive end. All 16 of Ranlett’s points also came in the first three quarters as they game was well in hand by the time the fourth period rolled around.
- Brother Martin was without arguably the metro area’s top player in T.J. Small due to an ankle injury, but their depth shined through in his absence with five different players scoring at least six points including three that were in double figures. Small is expected back within the next week to 2 weeks.
- Brother Martin played suffocating defense to start the game holding Jesuit to 0-of-21 from the field through the first 12:22 of the game. Matthew Knight had the Blue Jays’ first bucket with an offensive putback cutting Brother Martin’s lead to 21-6 with 3:38 left in the opening quarter.
- While the Crusaders’ effort on defense took center stage, their offense wasn’t too shabby either as they connected on 23 of their 53 field goal attempts (43.4%) including 11-of-22 (50.0%) from deep and 7-of-10 (70.0%) at the free throw line. Jesuit ended the night 12-of-50 (24.0%) from the field, 4-of-24 (16.7%) from 3-point range and 7-of-14 (50.0%) at the stripe.
- Brother Martin extended its win streak to three after a Jan. 14 loss to St. Augustine, 63-56. The Crusaders have also won seven of their last eight games. Jesuit, meanwhile, found itself back in the loss column for the fourth time in the last five tries after defeating Shaw, 51-48, in overtime this past Friday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Jesuit | 2 | 10 (12) | 8 (20) | 15 – 35
Brother Martin | 16 | 13 (29) | 13 (42) | 22 – 64
Jesuit: Patrick Lavie, 10; Kyle Haupt, 9; Matthew Knight, 6; Porter Lichtl, 5; Malcolm Baldwin, 3; Holden Hess, 2.
Brother Martin: Brock Ranlett, 16; Steven Louis, 15; Grant DeLord, 13; Corey Skillman, 8; Davonn Moore, 6; Tijh Bell, 2; Marvin Jones, 2; Isaiah Torregano, 2.
Up Next: Brother Martin and Jesuit both resume Catholic League play Friday at 7 p.m. on the road. The Crusaders travel to Holy Cross while the Blue Jays take on Rummel.