Jayhawks remain at the top of Section 3
Jeannette boys basketball made a strong statement last Friday night with a key Section 3-AA victory over previously unbeaten Serra Catholic, 77-62.
The 15-point win raised Jeannette's section record to 4-0. The Jayhawks are 10-1 overall. Serra Catholic fell to 2-1 in the section and 9-1 overall.
Jeannette stands atop Section 3-AA with Greensburg Central Catholic (3-0, 10-1). The two meet in the first of two regular season matchups on Tuesday at 7:30 at Jeannette High School.
Ahead of GCC, Jeannette will travel to Shady Side Academy tomorrow night for a Section 3-AA game and will play Latrobe on Saturday at Seton Hill University as part of the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz event. Saturday's tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.
The Serra Catholic win was big for Jeannette not just because it opened up a lead for the Jayhawks over the Eagles, but also because an old friend to Jeannette's formidable offense found his rhythm — junior forward Damone Morton.
Nagged by injuries and a slow start, Morton's scoring was down, but the silky-smooth junior poured in 21 against Serra Catholic and added 11 rebounds.
“It was great to get contributions from some guys we'd been waiting for,” said Batts. “Damone and Miles Sunder really made so many big plays throughout the game.”
Sunder pounded the glass and grabbed 13 rebounds while adding six points. Jordan Edmunds, battling flu-like symptoms, played tenacious defense holding Serra's leading scorer to just six points.
With the first game against Serra behind them, the Jayhawks can focus on wrapping up the first half of section play with a perfect record — a goal of theirs.
“We know if we can win the next two (section games), that puts us at least one up one everyone,” said Batts. “Once we get clicking on all cylinders we are going to be tough to beat.”
Jeannette (4-0) (10-1)
GCC (3-0) (10-1)
Serra Catholic (2-1) (9-1)
Shady Side (2-2) (4-7)
Riverview (1-3) (4-6)
South Allegheny (0-3) (3-8)
Springdale (0-3) (1-8)
Dave Moio is a freelance writer.