Both the boys and girls basketball teams opened district play this week. The girls kicked things off on Monday against Mount Carmel. The Cubs came into the game undefeated and the Patriots travelled to their gym to face them in a key district matchup. The Cubs and Patriots played for the Division I state title last season and the Cubs have a majority of their roster back from that team while the Patriots have replaced the Gatorade Player of the Year along with several other seniors. The game was a great back and forth contest with the Cubs jumping out to early leads in to end the first and second quarters. The Patriots were finally able to pull ahead late in the third quarter and were able to hold off the Cubs, 48-42 to take the victory.
The boys got their chance to open their district season at home on Tuesday night against Holy Cross. Contrary to the girls, the boys team led from the opening tip until the end of the game. It was a game where the Patriots got a big lead early and never really looked back. Although the Tigers got within a five points of the Patriots a few times the lead was never threatened. The Patriots were able to win the game 55-41. With the team at full strength now that several of the football players have joined and have had several practices under new Coach Bill Lewit, the team looks to continue to grow and get better.
The girls would have played in the All State Sugar Bowl tournament this weekend, but that has been canceled due to concerns over COVID-19. The virus also struck the boys team as they were set to play Jesuit this Friday, but virus concerns within the Blue Jay basketball program forced a postponement of the game. The Patriots have picked up a non-district game against the East Jefferson Warriors on Saturday at 3:00 while the girls face Dominican Monday at 6:00 in both teams’ next matchup.