John Curtis 70, Country Day 64: Donell Jones’ double-double pushes Patriots to u…


John Curtis 70, Country Day 64

at John Curtis, Wednesday (Feb. 14), Non-District

Records: Country Day, 22-11; John Curtis, 11-16

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Country Day — 14 | 17 | 16 | 17 | 64

John Curtis — 20 | 14 | 20 | 16 | 70

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Donell Jones, John Curtis

Jones has the ability to put the Patriots on his back on any given night and he did just that Wednesday against Country Day. The 6-foot-3 senior posted game highs in both points and rebounds with 24 and 10, and also dished out four assists while coming up with three steals. He set the tone early for the Patriots scoring 16 points in the first half including two 3-pointers, and also had a big dunk in the fourth quarter that put the Patriots up 61-55.

HOW IT WAS WON

It was all Curtis early on as the Patriots opened up a 32-15 lead midway through the second quarter but Country Day rallied at the end of the half to cut the lead to 34-31 going into intermission.

The score was tight through most of the third quarter but Dawson Crosby drilled a 3-pointer with under a minute to go in the period to put Curtis up 54-47. The Patriots pushed their lead up to 59-49 early in the fourth but the Cajuns responded with six straight points to get themselves back in the game.

Jones stopped the run after driving baseline for a big two-handed dunk but was whistled for a technical foul after what appeared to be taunting. Justin Ibieta knocked down both free throws for the Cajuns, who eventually took a 62-61 lead on a breakaway layup by Kaleb Jenkins with 3:01 remaining.

A tip-in by Andrew Stagni on the ensuing possession gave the lead back to Curtis, though, and Jones later converted a pair of free throws giving the Patriots a 68-64 advantage with 37.4 seconds left to secure the win.

NOTABLE

  • Dawson Crosby and Steven Poole both played key roles in Curtis’ victory scoring 15 and 14 points, respectively. Crosby sank three shots from behind the arc and Poole had a double-double snagging 10 rebounds.
  • Curtis has now won four of its last five games with its other victories coming over Rummel, Brother Martin and Shaw. The Patriots’ only defeat was a 57-55 loss on the road to Holy Cross.
  • Jones’ technical foul in the fourth quarter was a bit of a misunderstanding. Jones said the official thought he was pointing at another player, but he was actually pointing towards a camera on the baseline.
  • Justin Ibieta had an impressive game leading the Cajuns in scoring with 17 while also recording six assists with six rebounds. The 6-foot-4 guard also had two steals and one block.
  • Country Day has now lost three straight games against stout competition, all on the road. The Cajuns previously dropped matchups against Jehovah-Jireh, 60-57, this past Friday and Scotlandville, 67-59, on Saturday. Before those contests, Country Day had won 10 straight games including one over previously undefeated Riverside to capture the District 11-2A championship.

INDIVIDUAL SCORING

Country Day: Justin Ibieta, 17; Kaleb Jenkins, 14; Ross…



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