In a game scoring was hard to come by, host Oak Ridge couldn’t keep pace with second-ranked Jesuit and lost the Delta River League matchup Friday by a 61-45 score.
“We played well, but we let them get away from us in the second half,” Trojan coach Steve Scott said.
Points were scarce in the first quarter as a great defensive effort from each team led to a 6-6 tie.
“Both teams played great defense throughout the first half and that kept us in the game,” Oak Ridge’s Bryce Scott said.
Play was evenly matched to the 3:03 mark when Scott Sanchez, who led the Trojans with 16 points, made a free throw to give Oak Ridge an 18-17 lead. Jesuit then took control as Brian Glodowski and Bryce Pressely put in consecutive layups to give the Marauders a three-point lead.
After Connor Sende converted two free throws for Troy, Glodowski got a teardrop layup to fall with 11 ticks left. After an Oak Ridge miss, Jesuit’s Akachi Okugo received the inbound, ran up the court and passed to Parker Uu who sank the deep three-pointer at the buzzer to give the Marauders their biggest lead at 26-20.
“We played sloppily in the last couple minutes of the half and they took control from there,” coach Scott said.
Oak Ridge didn’t give up in the third quarter but Jesuit was too much. The closest the Trojans came was within five points and Jesuit, behind the play of sophomore Brady Anderson (10 points, 12 rebounds), took a 43-34 lead to the fourth.
“(Anderson) was a mismatch for us and he was a good anchor for them,” coach Scott said.
Oak Ridge let the game get out of hand in the last quarter, allowing easy layups on one end and shooting poorly on the other. Pressely’s commanding dunk to put the visitors up 50-38 and the game away.