When a reporter approached Tim Reardon and expressed enthusiasmabout Wednesday’s Jungle Game, the St. Ignatius boys’ basketball coach could only shake his head and smile.
"Not for me," Reardon said. "I just want to [get a win] and get out of here."
He was still shaking his head afterwards, but the Wildcats were forced to leave without the victory.
Senior Matt Christman came off the bench to score 16 consecutive second-half Serra points as the Padres overcame awful first-half shooting to top St. Ignatius 39-34. Christman made three consecutive 3-pointers during Serra’s 14-3 third-quarter run that turned an eight point deficit into a four point Padres lead.
Serra (11-7, 5-3 West Catholic Athletic League) has won six straight Jungle Games to take a 17-16 lead in the series.
"I don’t know why it’s different here, but it always ends up being like this," Reardon said. "It’s always hard to score and they had a guy get hot and we didn’t."
St. Ignatius (14-4, 5-3) led 5-2 after the first quarter, holding Serra to 0-of-11 shooting from the field. The Wildcats pushed the lead to 19-12 at halftime, but struggled all night to get their offense set and finished the game with 19 turnovers.
Meanwhile, the Padres shot 7-of-16 from the field in the third quarter after making just four of 22 shots in the first half.
Paul Toboni led St. Ignatius with 12 points, including a 3-pointer to bring the Wildcats to within 33-30 in the fourth quarter. But Christman (18 points) responded with a backbreaking trey to push the lead back to six with 2:20 remaining.
Riordan 59, Sacred Heart Cathedral 39
Rob Jones scored 21 points and pulled down 13 rebounds, while Jorge Camacho and Logan Shoffner each added 10 points to lead the Crusaders (18-1, 7-1) to the win over the Irish (8-10, 3-5).
Despite shooting 52 percent in the first half, Riordan led just 27-26. The Irish were able to stay close by forcing 11 turnovers and dictating the pace with their up-tempo game.
In the third quarter, the Crusaders took control, outscoring the Irish 15-3 behind Jones’ eight points and five rebounds. Riordan put the game away with a 16-4 spurt to open the fourth quarter.
"In the first half, we didn’t play our game," Jones said. "In the second half, we settled down and played our style and we were able to go up big. It was my last home game ever against Sacred Heart and I really wanted to go out with a win."
— Will Reisman
ISA 67, Jordan 23
Dominick Murphy and Corey Carlson each scored 12 points as the Cobras used their bench liberally in the victory over Jordan. The high-scoring brother tandem of Marseilles Stewart and Dominic Stewart combined for just 13 points as they played an estimated 10 minutes and, along with Raymond Whitley (nine points) did not start.
— Staff report
International 64, Waldorf 42
Ryan Doubiago and Joshua Merritt each scored 11 points as the Jaguars (12-7, 5-0) beat the Wolverines (42).
Seaver Kyaw led an early Jaguars run, scoring seven of his nine points in the first quarter, which International finished with a 22-11 lead. In the second quarter, Martin Jackson, who had a game-high 22 points, provided all seven of Waldorf’s points. International led 35-18 at halftime.
"[International] coach [Carl] Jacobs has a very aggressive style," Waldorf coach Aragron Healy said. "It’s difficult for us to simulate that pressure in practice."
Scoring among the Jaguars was evenly distributed with Rue Critchfield adding 10 and Wesley Ellison-Labat adding eight.
"I never like the superstar syndrome," Jacobs said. "We expect all of our guys to get the job done."
— Amanda Stupi
Gateway 82, Bay 25
Sophomore Camila Rosen nearly had a quadruple-double with 24 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and eight steals as the Central-leading Gators (16-1, 6-0) used a 30-point first quarter to cruise past the Breakers (10-9, 3-3).
Dominique Hunter had 26 points, including 10 in the first quarter as Gateway surged to a 30-11 advantage. Rosen and Alyson Szeto (16 points) each added eight points in the opening quarter as the Gators took advantage of Bay’s man-to-man defense.
"We played very good pressure defense and the girls executed the half-court offense very well," said coach Michael Coffino, whose Gators registered 20 steals.
— Staff report
International 38, Waldorf 6
Megan Leary scored a game-high 13 points as the Jaguars rolled past the Wolverines.
The Jaguars dominated early, leading 16-4 after the first quarter and holding the Wolverines scoreless in the second period. Megan Leary and Rachel Beck opened the second quarter with back-to-back hookups — Beck provided the passes and Leary the finish.
International controlled the paint, forcing Waldorf to rely on outside shots that simply weren’t falling.
"I think our team is putting everything together at the right time," International coach Carl Jacobs said.
Waldorf’s Ili Pemberton had a game-high 10 rebounds.
— Amanda Stupi