Holy Cross sixty four, Jesuit fifty eight: Kalil Thomas, Jason Chan energy Tigers previous Blue Jays

at Holy Cross School, Friday (Jan. 12), District 9-5A game

Records: Holy Cross, 12-7 (2-2); Jesuit 13-4 (2-1)



Jesuit –           12 | 12 | 13 | 21 | 58

Holy Cross-   16 | 15 | 12 | 21 | 64



Kalil Thomas, Holy Cross – Even though the Tigers displayed their balanced scoring attack, it was Kalil Thomas who stood out the most for Holy Cross. The junior put up 13 of his 18 points in the second half helping to push the Tigers past the Blue Jays.


Holy Cross got off to a fast start, jumping out to a 7-1 advantage early, but the Blue Jays kept clawing their way back into the contest. The Tigers passed the ball around resulting in six different Holy Cross players recording points in the first quarter. The balanced attack helped the Tigers race out to a 16-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

It was much of the same early in the second as both teams continued to battle. A 3-pointer and a field goal by Sidney Madison helped the Tigers pull away for a moment. But it was short-lived as a pair of free throws by Robert McMahon and field goals by Nick Artigue and Noah Varnado pulled the Blue Jays within one at 21-20.  The Tigers scored seven of the last night points in the quarter to take a 31-24 lead at the half.

The Blue Jays came out on fire early in the second half. Elijah Morgan scored five of his game-high 27 points early in the quarter as Jesuit pulled within one at 36-35 midway through the third. A late 3-pointer by Jason Chan and two free throws by Kalil Thomas gave the Tigers a six-point lead going into the final quarter.

Despite Morgan’s 13 points in the fourth quarter for Jesuit, the Holy Cross’ plan of spreading the ball around proved successful for the Tigers down the stretch as they walked away with the six-point win over their district rivals.



  • Other than a brief moment late in the first quarter when the score was tied at 12, Holy Cross led throughout the ball game.
  • Friday’s game marked the first matchup of the 2017-18 regular season between the Catholic League rivals. Holy Cross will visit Jesuit on Feb. 6.
  • The Tigers and Blue Jays have split the season series the past four years.   



Holy Cross

Kalil Thomas, 18; Jason Chan, 14; Myles Sanders, 9; Sidney Madison, 8; Tyler Beaver, 7; Aaron Ursin, 4; Jeremy Lindsey, 4



Elijah Morgan, 27; Noah Varnado, 10; Robert McMahon, 6; Nick Artigues, 4; Drew Black, 4; Zahary DeBlieux, 3; Michael Hull 1




Holy Cross junior Kalil Thomas: “The whole week, we’ve been preparing for Jesuit. We had a tough loss, Tuesday against Curtis. We got that past us and we had to come out and get the win because we know how high they (Jesuit) are ranked and we knew of how big of a win it would have been so we came out and got the job done.”

Holy Cross Coach Mister Kirkwood: “We knew that they were going to move the ball, we knew that they had guys that could score. We just told our guys to stay…

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