The Jefferson varsity boys basketball team had no problem taking care of St. Paul Lutheran Tuesday night in Farmington. The Blue Jays opened up a huge lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 71-34 victory. The win improved the Blue Jays to 16-8 on the season, and now that the regular season is completed, all focus is now on the upcoming district tournament.
Tuesday, it was raining threes as the Jays knocked down 12 three pointers. Those alone would have outscored the Giants by by two points. By the end of the game, Easton Null and Cole Holdinghausen nailed three three pointers. Jacob Bridges and Hadyn Wagner notched two threes each, and Erik Eisenbeis, along with Jon Weik had one three pointer as well.
In the first quarter, Null hit two three pointers, and Bridges, along with Holdinghausen had one apiece as Jefferson raced out to a 21-3 advantage after the first eight minutes. It was more of the same in the second quarter. Bridges, Null, Wagner, Eisenbeis, and Weik each drained threes, and at halftime, the Blue Jays were up comfortably, 44-10.
Nine players scored for the Jays, led by Null who scored 12 points. Holdinghausen and Weik each had nine points, and Bridges, Wagner, and Collin Gosnell each registered eight points. Daniel McWhorter added four points, Eisenbeis, three, and Levi Ebersoldt chipped in two points.
And now the district tournament looms on Saturday. Jefferson has the good fortune of hosting the tournament. When asked what the mindset was heading into the important opener on Saturday, Eisenbeis simply stated…”Win.”
There’s a lot of pressure when the tournament starts up. One loss, and a team’s season is over. It would mark the end of the seniors’ high school careers, and the last time this group would ever play together. So how does a coach make sure the team stays on an even keel?
“I think keeping the same routine is very important,” said head coach Sean Breeze. “I don’t want them to be too uptight or nervous, but at the same time, there is a sense of urgency that you have to keep reminding them. At this point in the season, everyone knows what we are capable of, so we need to continue to focus on putting each other in a position to succeed. It is a good group of seniors, and they are very aware that this is their last shot, so I think they will be focused and ready to go.”
It all begins Saturday at 4:30 p.m. as the Blue Jays take on the Woodland Cardinals. Jefferson is the #2 seed, while Woodland is the #7 seed. For a complete look at the bracket, follow this link: Class 3, District 3 Tournament Bracket