The Jefferson Blue Jays Boys JV Basketball Team (1-0) were looking to start the season with a second win as they took on the Herculaneum Black Cats. Jefferson got off to a tough start, but the game eventually came down to the wire. Sadly, things didn’t go the Blue Jays’ way as the Black Cats snuck out with a 31-26 win.
The Blue Jays opened their season with a dominant 44-11 victory over Hancock’s JV team and were looking to continue that success against the Herculaneum Black Cats. Jefferson didn’t get off to the start they wanted, putting up only five points in the opening quarter while allowing 12.
It was more of the same in the second quarter for Jefferson on offense, scoring another five points, but the Blue Jays defense dramatically improved, allowing just six points this time. Despite trailing 18-10, Jacob Doza had a stellar first half, scoring eight of the Blue Jays 10 points.
The third quarter saw Jefferson begin to put the pieces together on offense, taking an 8-6 third-quarter advantage, and even taking the lead for a brief period, but ending the quarter down 24-18. The final quarter was tight, with both teams locking down on defense, but Jefferson couldn’t close the gap, losing 31-26.
After the game, JV head coach Matthew Eisenbeis lamented that a poor start and poor rebounding were the reason for the team’s loss in the end.
“We started out slow offensively, and this led us to falling down by 12 in the second quarter,” Eisenbeis said. “We did not rebound the ball very well, and ultimately that is why we lost.”
It was a big game for Doza, who came off the bench to lead the Blue Jays in scoring with 10 big points, eight of which came in the first half. Doza was huge for Jefferson in stretching the floor, knocking down two three-pointers, which were the only threes Jefferson hit the entire game.
After scoring zero points in the first half, Sam Stokes ended up as the team’s second-leading scorer behind Doza. Stokes put up five big points on two shots from the field and a free throw. Jess Blankenship and Nate Breeze were the only other Blue Jays to get on the scoreboard, with Blankenship ending with three points and Breeze ending with two.
Jefferson, now 1-1, will look to bounce back Tuesday night when they take on the Kingston JV team.