The Jefferson R-7 Blue Jays Boys Varsity Basketball team took on the Carnahan Cougars in the District Tournament and made a big statement, winning 60-50. A huge fourth quarter sealed the deal, but the Jays were confident and dominant through thick and thin. Things got hairy in the first half, but they pulled away and took care of business.
The first quarter was a statement-maker for the Blue Jays, as Drew Breeze dropped a pair of dimes to lead Jefferson with six points, en route to a 13-8 lead. This was just a preview of the big game he had in store.
In the second quarter, the Cougars fought back with 12 points against just seven for the Blue Jays. Breeze dominated once again with five of those seven, but it still left the game at a 20-20 stalemate. They Jays would have to try and muster some extra moxie during the halftime breather.
Turns out that’s just what they did, as they threw down 17 points to Carnahan’s 13, giving them a 37-32 lead. Daylen Whitener led the way with a shot from beyond the arc and a field goal.
Then the Jays decided to let it rip in the fourth quarter, and pull away in classic Jefferson style. Colby Ott was the war horse leading the charge with four FGs made for eight points. The Blue Jays put up 23 total and held off the Cougars as much as they could. After 17 points from Carnahan, the Jays came away with a 60-50 victory.
Ott’s huge fourth quarter left him with 19 on the night, but Breeze was the man in this one. He led all scorers with 21 total points and was the spark plug the Jays needed to advance in the tournament.
Jefferson will take on Dubourg in the next round of the tourney.