Trojans fall to Jesuit, 66-43

By: Nick Pecoraro/Telegraph Correspondent
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In its second road game against ranked opponents this week, the Oak Ridge boys’ basketball team will be glad to return home for its season finale next Friday. The Trojans fell to 4-5 in the Delta River League on Friday night as Jesuit steamrolled over them in the second half and won the game, 66-43. Jesuit had three players in double-figures, led by point guard Parker Uu with 18, as Bryce Pressley added nine points with 11 rebounds and four assists. “(Jesuit’s) not ranked No. 2 for nothing,” said Oak Ridge coach Steve Scott. “They share the ball. They have a lot of guys that can shoot and do offensive things so they’re tough to defend. We were really passive against their pressure and we made a lot of silly turnovers trying to force stuff that wasn’t there. They’re better than us and we didn’t play well.” Jesuit began the game with a 7-0 cushion thanks to three early Trojan turnovers. In the second, Bryce Scott rose up to block Pressley’s layup attempt. On the next defensive possession, Scott stepped into the passing lane, stole the ball and drove to the hoop for a lay-in plus a foul on Pressley. The sequence cut the Oak Ridge deficit to four after Scott’s free throw. After Oak Ridge cut the lead to just three before halftime, Jesuit began the third on a 12-2 run over the first three minutes. The Trojans crawled back by crashing the boards and getting defensive stops for an 11-point run, bringing them back within single digits. The Marauders answered in the fourth as Pressley and Akachi Okugo led their own 11-point stretch to extend the lead to 20 with two minutes remaining, ultimately closing the door on the Trojans. Jesuit outscored Oak Ridge in the second half, 45-25. “You’ve got to play four quarters against (Jesuit) or else you’re going to get beat,” said Oak Ridge guard Matt Howard, who scored eight points to go with three steals. “They run a lot and they’ve been playing together for a long time. They have good chemistry and know where each other are at on the court. They’re tough to beat.” Scott led the Trojans with 16 points and five boards, while Okugo had 16 points and Brian Glodowski added 13 for Jesuit. Entering this past week, the Trojans (14-11) were ranked at No.11 in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoff rankings. This week’s two losses haven’t swayed the Trojans’ confidence too much. "We’re not too worried,” said Howard. “We can play with any team in Sacramento, it’s been obvious but we have to be consistent throughout the game. We’ve got to come out focused against Ponderosa and get that win.”