2012-13 Varsity Basketball Team

Senior Matt Felger Named to Times-Picayune’s All-Metro Basketball Team

Senior Matt Felger

Congratulations to senior Matt Felger for being named to The Times-Picayune’s All-Metro Basketball team.

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Blue Jays Pressure East St. John, But Ultimately Fall to Wildcats in Second-Round Playoffs, 39-38

Senior Sean Tillery lays one up in Jesuit’s second round
playoff game against East St. John on Friday night.

The ninth-seeded basketball team came out strong in its regional matchup against eighth-seeded East St. John on Friday, February 22. The Blue Jays lead through the middle of the fourth quarter, but some late free throws by the Wildcats sealed Jesuit’s fate, 39-38. Despite the second-round loss, the 2012-13 campaign can be viewed as nothing but a success as the Blue Jays finished the season 18-12, and as district champions.

View the Jesuit-East St. John Playoffs Photo Gallery

Read the Nola.com Story About the Jesuit-East St. John Game

Review the Season at the Basketball Page

Basketball Jays Win Opening Round Playoff Game Against Central High (B.R.), 49-37

Riley Conroy Sinks Free Throws Late in the Game to Seal the Deal

Senior Riley Conroy hit seven free throws in the fourth period to help lead the 
Blue Jays to a first round 49-37 playoff win against Central High- Baton Rouge
 on Tuesday, February 19. Conroy came off the bench to score 13. Senior Matt
Felger finished with 12. Sophomore Trey LaForge added 11, including
a trio of three-pointers. A large crowd, which included an
enthusiastic swarm of students, packed the home side
of the Birdcage to support their team.

Jesuit will travel to Reserve to face East St. John in the second round of playoffs on Friday, February 22. The Wildcats are seeded 8th in the Class 5A playoff bracket while the Blue Jays are seeded 9th. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. Faculty and staff IDs will not be accepted at the gate for admission. Ticket information will be announced soon.

Click Here for a Photo Gallery of the Jesuit - Central High Game

Read about the Jesuit - Central (B.R.) Game on Nola.com

LHSAA Basketball Playoffs- Regional Round
Jesuit vs. East St. John
Friday, February 22 — 7 p.m.

View the LHSAA Class 5A Basketball Playoff Bracket

Crowned District Champions, Blue Jays Focus on Playoffs that Start at Home Tuesday, February 19

Jesuit Parades Past the Brother Martin Crusaders, 62-57

Sophomore Trey LaForge (24) scores on this fast break late in the
Jesuit - Bro. Martin game to give the Jays the win and eventually the district crown.

Jesuit’s varsity basketball team, picked to finish in the middle of the district pack, completed district play in the number one spot with an impressive 62-57 team win over the talented Brother Martin Crusaders on Monday afternoon (February 11).

By winning the game against the Crusaders and sweeping their hard court rivals in district play this season, Jesuit (8-2) became the outright district champion following Chalmette’s upset win over West Jefferson, 58-57.

Earning the district title took team work throughout the season. From the starters to the players on the bench, this effort was clearly on display during this afternoon’s game. Leading the Jays in scoring against Brother Martin were sophomore Trey LaForge with 23 points, senior Matt Felger with 15 points, and senior Preston Reisig with 10 points.

Jesuit kicks off playoff action on Tuesday, February 19 when they take on Central - Baton Rouge at home in the Birdcage. Tipoff  is scheduled for 7 p.m. Admission is $5 each for adults, students, and children (ages 6-11). Faculty and staff IDs will be accepted at the gate.

View the Jesuit - Brother Martin Photo Gallery

Read more about Monday's game at Nola.com and Sportsnola.com.

View the LHSAA Class 5A Basketball Playoff Bracket

Basketball Jays Fall to Rummel Raiders, 43-39

Senior Matt Felger (14) drives hard to the basket for a Blue Jay goal.

The Jesuit’s varsity basketball team fell on the road to the Rummel Raiders, 43-39, on Thursday, February 7. Jesuit led in the first quarter, 11-7, had a six-point lead in the second, but then trailed at the half, 22-19. Third quarter turnovers gave Rummel a 30-24 advantage. The Blue Jays rallied in the fourth, but Rummel answered with a rally of their own. Players fouled each other to try to control the final seconds of the game, and sophomore Trey LaForge hit three free throws closing the gap to a promising 41-39. Rummel made two final foul shots to secure their win.

Sophomore Trey LaForge led with 13 points, followed by senior Matt Felger with seven.

For details from Thursday night’s game, read the article from nola.com.

View Photos from the Jesuit-Rummel Contest

Jesuit closes district play in Monday, February 11, when the Blue Jays host the Brother Martin Crusaders. Tip off is slated for 1:30 p.m.

Blue Jays Handily Defeat Grace King in Second Round of District Play, 75-26

In first round action against Grace King at the Jesuit gymnasium, Junior Jack Hebert shot a basket in the third quarter. In the second meeting of the two teams, the Blue Jays flew past the Fighting Irish, 75-26.

The Jesuit varsity basketball squad, improved its district record to 7-1 after they defeated Grace King High School, 75-26, on Tuesday, February 5.

The Blue Jays return to the court on Thursday, February 7 when they take on district foe Archbishop Rummel. Tipoff for that contest is slated for 7 p.m. at Rummel.

Jesuit Beats the Buzzer to Defeat Chalmette, 49-47

Photo by Thomas Echols ’12

Senior Sean Tillery shot the game-winning basket in the closing seconds of the game to lift the Blue Jays over the Owls, 49-47.

Prior to tipping off against the Chalmette Owls, Jesuit recognized seniors Cody Castle, Josh DeBlieux, Matt Felger, Preston Reisig, and Sean Tillery with a special ceremony.

In the district matchup against Chalmette in the Jesuit gym on Friday, February 1, Jesuit led the game 11-10 at the end of the first and 21-17 at the half. Chalmette came back strong in the third period to make the Blue Jays fight all the way to the buzzer. Senior Sean Tillery shot the game-winning basket in the final seconds of the game to lift the Blue Jays over the Owls, 49-47.

Sophomore Trey LaForge led the team with 15 points followed by seniors Sean Tillery, Matt Felger, and Preston Reisig each scoring eight.

Jesuit's district 5A record now stands at 6-1. The Blue Jays are slated next to play a road game against Grace King on Tuesday, February 5.

View Photos from Senior Night and the Jesuit-Chalmette Game


Jays Fall to the Buccaneers in First District Loss, 63-56

Jesuit Celebrates Senior Night This Friday Before the District Game Against the Chalmette Owls

Junior Chase Eckholdt (3) scores a basket for the Jays during Tuesday night’s opening second round district road game against West Jefferson.

After completing the first round of District 9-5A play with a perfect 5-0 record, the Jays suffered their first division loss at the hands of the West Jefferson Buccaneers on Tuesday, January 29. Costly turnovers allowed the Bucs to outlast the Blue Jays, 63-56.

The team returns to the court on Friday night, February 1 when they take on Chalmette at 7  in the Birdcage. Prior to tipping off against the Chalmette Owls, Jesuit will recognize seniors Cody Castle, Josh DeBlieux, Matt Felger, Preston Reisig, and Sean Tillery with a special ceremony.

Check Out the Action in the Jesuit and West Jefferson Photo Gallery

Read the Article About the Jesuit-West Jefferson Game From Nola.com

Blue Jay Named Times-Picayune Player of the Week

Sophomore Trey LaForge

Sophomore Trey LaForge was recently named The Times-Picayune and Nola.com’s Large School Player of the Week for his standout performance against Brother Martin Friday night. LaForge scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed five rebounds in the 60-57 victory over the Crusaders.

Read the Story About
Laforge’s Honor From Nola.com

Blue Jays Cruise Past Crusaders On Brother Martin’s Home Court, 60-57

A large and loud crowd was on hand to watch as junior Chase Eckholt jumped to make a key basket in the closing seconds of Friday night’s 60-57 win over Brother Martin at the Crusader’s home gym.

View the Photo Gallery of Jesuit - Bro. Martin District Contest

Read the Story About Jesuit’s 60-57 Victory Over the Crusaders

Blue Jays Defeat Rummel with 4th Quarter Comeback, 35-26

Jesuit Remains Undefeated in District Play (4-0)

Sophomore Trey LaForge shot seven of nine points in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Jays surged in the fourth quarter to defeat the Rummel Raiders, 35-26. Both teams played aggressively and kept the scores tight. Jesuit trailed 17-13 at the half and through the third quarter, but made a huge comeback scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter to take the lead and the game.

Senior Matt Felger led the Jays with 10 points. Sophomore Trey LaForge added nine points, seven of which were in the fourth quarter.

Jesuit remains undefeated in district play as they head to their next game against Brother Martin on Friday, January 25. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Brother Martin.

Read About the Jesuit - Rummel Game at Nola.com

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No fight from the Irish: Blue Jays Easily Defeat Grace King, 75-34 to Advance to District 3-0 Record

Junior Chase Eckholdt played strong defense and put four points
on the board before the half.

Jesuit easily defeated Grace King in District play in the bird cage on Friday, January 18. The Jays lead the first quarter 18-5 and at the half had a 40-10 advantage. The squad took the opportunity to fully rotate through the players, giving each a chance to score. The third quarter ended with a more than comfortable 56-20 lead. The Jays finished the game by running out the clock for the 75-34 win.

Leading scorers for the Jays were sophomore Trey LaForge with 16 points and senior Preston Reisig with 11 points.

The Blue Jays will continue District play against Rummel Raiders in the Jesuit gym on Tuesday, January 22 at 7 p.m.

Read About the Jesuit Victory on Nola.com

View Photos from the District Win Against Grace King

Basketball Jays Have a Hoot and Shoot Past the Chalmette Owls, 47-37

2-0 in District Play, Jesuit to Host District Match Against Grace King Friday Night in the Bird Cage

Senior Matt Felger (14) scores an easy basket on a fast break in the
second half of the Jesuit - Chalmette game on Tuesday night.

Check Out the Action in the Jesuit-Chalmette Basketball Photo Gallery!

Congratulations to the Jesuit varsity basketball team for their ten-point road victory over the Chalmette Owls on Tuesday night.

After ceding an early lead to the Owls in the first period, the Jays closed the gap by the end of the first half and took a two-point lead into the locker room. At the start of the second half, the Jays separated from the Owls and extended their lead to as much as eleven points. When the final buzzer sounded, Jesuit left Chalmette High School with a 47-37 district win.

Leading scorers for the Jays in victory were sophomore Trey LaForge with 19 points and senior Matt Felger with 10 points.

The Blue Jays will continue district play on Friday when the varsity squad hosts Grace King. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m.

Blue Jays Beats Buccaneers in Home District Opener, 72-50

Senior Mat Felger was the lead scorer with 21 points in the Friday
night home game versus West Jefferson.

Despite a damp floor causing a delay of game, both teams played competitively in the District 9-5A opener at Carrollton and Banks. Jesuit stepped up with an early 10 point lead over West Jefferson in the first quarter and never looked back. At the half the lead closed to 31-23, but Blue Jays dominated in the second half netting 41 points to win the game 72-50. Top scoring Blue Jays were senior Matt Felger with 21 points followed by sophomore Trey LaForge with 15.

View the Jesuit vs. West Jefferson Photo Gallery

Read the Nola.com Article About Jesuit’s Win Over West Jefferson

Basketball Surges in Fourth Quarter to 54-45 Win Over North Shore Foe St. Paul’s

Senior Matt Felger (14) attempts a shot from a game earlier this season.

The basketball squad travelled to the north shore to earn a non-district win against the St. Paul’s Wolves, 54-45. Despite trailing in the first three quarters, the Jays were able to get a defensive stop and force two turnovers. From there, the Blue Jays scored seven points in their first five possessions to build momentum and pull away with the lead.

Read the Nola.com Story About the Victory Over St. Paul’s

Jesuit Basketball Travels to Washington, D.C., to Participate in the National Jesuit Christmas Classic

From a game earlier this season, senior Preston Reisig (23) leaps
over an opponent for the score. Great hustle and team play
 earned the Blue Jays an opening 53-52 win against the host
team Georgetown Prep on Thursday night at the
National Jesuit Christmas Classic in Washington, D.C.

On Friday, the squad lost their first game to St. Xavier
(Cincinnati), 85-55. The Blue Jays end tournament
play on Saturday night with a third-place game
against Jesuit (Tampa). The Jays fell to Tampa, 63-50.

Learn More about the National Jesuit Tournament and Find Updates from
the Tournament Web Site

 2012 Father George National Jesuit
Christmas Classic Schedule

Blue Jays Cage the Shaw Eagles, 56-41 

Senior Matt Felger (above) scores on a breakaway on Saturday, December 22, 2012
in the Blue Jays’s 56-41 victory over the Shaw Eagles.  Senior Matt Felger and
sophomore Trey LaForge both contributed 16 points in the win. Going
into halftime the score was tied, but in the second half the Jays
found their spark and began to pull away from the Eagles.
The Blue Jays return to action on Thursday, December
27 in Washington D.C. for the Georgetown
Prep National Jesuit Christmas
Classic. Tip off is for 7 p.m.
against Georgetown Prep.

Read More About the Jesuit-Shaw Game
on Nola.com

 2012 Georgetown Prep National Jesuit
Christmas Classic Schedule


Senior Matt Felger Honored as “Player of the Week”

Senior Matt Felger (above) was named Nola.com’s “Player of the Week” for his impressive performance in the Jesuit–Holy Cross game on December 11.
Felger scored 37 points in the Jays double–overtime victory in the
Bird Cage. Felger drained 13 of his 19 field goals and
made 11 free throws.

Read the Nola.com Article

View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-Curtis Game

View the Photo Gallery of Jesuit’s Win
Over Holy Cross in Double OT

Blue Jays Fall to John Curtis in the Birdcage, 49-44

Sophomore Trey Laforge goes for a layup during the game against John Curtis on Saturday (December 15) in the Birdcage. Curtis jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, but the Blue Jays battled back. Two 3-pointers by junior Riley Conroy helped cut the deficit 11-10 in the second quarter. Despite several lead changes during the third and fourth quarters, the Blue Jays ultimately fell to John Curtis, 49-44.  

The team returns to the court when they take on Archbishop Shaw on Thursday (December 20) at 7 p.m. in the Birdcage.

View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-Curtis Game

Read the Article from Nola.com

Blue Jays Stumble on the Road, Falling to East St. John Wildcats, 67-49

Sophomore Grant Nichols lead the Blue Jays in scoring with 18 points Thursday night against East St. John. Junior Riley Conroy had 17 points with five 3-pointers. Despite the valiant effort, the Jays were unable to walk away with a win. The Jays (7-7) look to improve their record Saturday when they take on John Curtis at 1:30 p.m. in the Birdcage.

View the Photo Gallery from the Jesuit-East St. John Game

Read the Article from Nola.com

View the Photo Gallery of Jesuit’s Win
Over Holy Cross in Double OT

Gritty Blue Jays Emerge from Their Bird Cage with a Thrilling 59-57 Double OT Win Over the Holy Cross Tigers
December 11, 2012

Matt Felger Scores 37 Points to Lead the Jays

Senior Matt Felger (above) scored 37 points to lead the Blue Jays to a thrilling 59-57
double-overtime victory over the Holy Cross Tigers on Tuesday (December 11)
in the Bird Cage. 
With the score tied at 57 and only 20 seconds left on the
double overtime clock, Brett Spansel attempted a fast-breaking layup —
only to see the ball skirt the rim. But Felger snagged the rebound and
put it in for two as the buzzer sounded. The Bird Cage erupted in a 
wild celebration among Blue Jay fans, many of whom had come
to the basketball game after watching a dismal performance by
the soccer team. Final score: Jays 59, Tigers 57.
The Jays
travel to East St. John on Thursday (December 13)
to play a non-district game. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.

View the Photo Gallery of Jesuit’s Win
Over Holy Cross in Double OT

View a Video of the Action From Nola.com

Read a Story About the Game on Nola.com

Newman Tournament:
In Consolation Game, St. Augustine Turns Out the Knights for the Blue Jays

Ten Points Down, Jays Rally and Tie Game at Buzzer, But Overtime Period Was All Purple Knights’

An elated Josh DeBlieux leaps high to congratulate teammate Matt Felger, who sunk a 3-point jump shot at the buzzer in the Jays’ consolation game Saturday
afternoon against St. Augustine. Felger’s field goal tied the game, 44-all,
to send it into a four-minute sudden death period. However, the Jays
suddenly looked lifeless, scoring only three points in overtime to
11 for the Purple Knights. Final score: Jesuit 47, St. Aug 55.
Felger was high scorer for Jesuit with 17 points, followed by
Riley Conroy with nine, Preston Reisig with seven, and
Trey Laforge with six points. The Jays return to action
at home on Tuesday, December 11 when they play a
non-district game against Holy Cross.
Tipoff is at 7:15 p.m.  

Check Out the Action in the Consolation Game of the Newman Tournament: Jesuit vs. St. Augustine

Check Out the Action in Game 2 of the Newman Tournament:
Jesuit vs. East Jefferson

Check Out the Action in Game 1 of the Newman Tournament:
Jesuit vs. Hahnville

Newman Tournament: Blue Jays Need Wings and Another Rally, But Find Neither in 59-47 Loss to East Jefferson
December 6, 2012

Consolation Game Against Purple Knights Set for Saturday, December 8 with Tipoff in Greenie’s Gym at 5:30 PM

Junior Brett Spansel drives toward the basket in the 3rd period of Jesuit’s second game of the Newman Tournament, played Thursday afternoon against the East Jefferson Warriors. The Jays needed another rally, like they had in their opening round 46-44 win against Hahnville, but could not put one together. The result was the Jays came up short against the Warriors, 59-47. Spansel was high scorer for the Jays with 16 points. Jesuit will play a consolation game Saturday, December 8 at 5:30 p.m. (at Newman) against the St. Augustine Purple Knights.

Check Out the Action in Game 2 of the Newman Tournament:
Jesuit vs. East Jefferson

Newman Tournament: Blue Jays Rally to Whip the Tigers of Hahnville, 46-44
December 5, 2012

Sophomore Trey Laforge is fouled while attempting a layup against the Tigers of Hahnville on
Wednesday night in the opening round of the Newman Tournament. The Blue Jays rallied
from a five point deficit in the 4th period to defeat the Tigers, 46-44. Laforge was
Jesuit’s high scorer with 16 points. The Blue Jays (6-4) return to Newman on
Thursday to play East Jefferson. Tipoff is scheduled at 5 p.m.

Check Out the Action in Game 1 of the Newman Tournament:
Jesuit vs. Hahnville

A Gallant Comeback by the Jays Falters in Closing Minutes, and Cougars Escape Birdcage with a 43-35 Win
December 3, 2012

Photo by J. Hawkins ’13

Senior Matt Felger fights through the Cougar defense during Monday night’s matchup against Edna Karr at home in The Birdcage. Tied at 10 at halftime, the Cougars took control in the third quarter, but the Jays battled back with a 9-0 run to tie the game at 23 with 4:22 to play. It wasn’t enough, though, as Jesuit fell to Karr, 43-35. Senior Preston Reisig led the Jays with 11 points and seven rebounds. With the loss, Jesuit falls to 4-4.

Click Here to Read the Article from Nola.com

The Jays return to action and open play in the Newman Tournament
on Wednesday night when they take on Hahnville at 8 p.m.

Check Back for a Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-Karr Game

Blue Jays End Their Run in CYO Tournament Falling to Brother Martin, 61-50
November 29, 2012

In a final effort to get points on the board against Brother Martin, junior Riley Conroy (5) hoists a three-pointer in the semifinal round of the 2012 Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Tournament at the Crusaders’ Gym on Friday (November 30). The Blue Jays played tough early in the game, keeping the score close and trailing 42-36 at the half. Junior Chase Eckholdt (3) came off the bench in the second half and led the defensive effort creating much-needed turnovers. In the fourth quarter, however, turnovers and missed  free-throw shots led to the Jays’ 61-50 defeat. 

Blue Jays Defeat St. Augustine in Second Round of CYO Tournament, 45-40
November 29, 2012

Junior Grant Nichols goes up for two among traffic during the Blue Jays’ 45-40 win over St. Augustine High School in the second round of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament at the Birdcage Thursday night (November 29). Nichols helped put the game away by stealing an inbound pass and converting a pair
of free throws with 10.6 seconds left to play. Jesuit faces Brother Martin in the semifinals at the Crusaders’ Gym in Gentilly on Friday night (November 30).
Tipoff for that contest is scheduled for 6
p.m. The tournament finals
are on Saturday at Holy Cross.

Read About the Jesuit-St. Augustine Game on NOLA.com

View the Photo Gallery of the Blue Jays’
Thursday Night Victory Over the Purple Knights

Blue Jays Best the Panthers in First Night of CYO Tournament in the Birdcage, 70-57
November 28, 2012

Jays Continue CYO Tournament Play Thursday Against 
St. Augustine at 7:30 p.m.

Senior Cody Castle (32) took a fast break down court for a dunk in the third quarter. Jesuit fought to keep a comfortable lead over throughout the game. Northshore’s high foul count gave Jays plenty of easy free throw points. The Blue Jays finished with their first CYO Tournament win over Northshore, 70-57.

Jesuit heads back to the Birdcage on Thursday for the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Tournament against the Purple Knights of St. Augustine. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. The tournament runs through Saturday at local high schools.

Read About the Win on NOLA.com

View Photos from the CYO Tournament:  Jesuit vs. Northshore


Blue Jays Fly Past Episcopal in Second Showing at
Country Day Round Robin, 58-30
November 20, 2012

Jays Continue Country Day Round Robin Play Wednesday Against Tigers of Holy Cross at 5 p.m.

Junior Riley Conroy defends the goal in the Jays Monday’s  game against Country Day. Tuesday night Conroy lead the Jays with 20 points and six-of-eight 3-point attempts in their 58-30 victory over Episcopal (B.R.). After a tough loss to the Cajuns, the Blue Jays gained a little momentum in their second day of the Country Day Round Robin. The team heads back to the court and closes out their Country Day Round Robin play Wednesday when they face Holy Cross at 5 p.m.

Read the Nola.com Story About the Jesuit - Episcopal Game

View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit - Country Day Action

Blue Jays Bested By Cajuns in Opening Game of Country Day Round Robin, 54-49
November 19, 2012

Jays Continue Country Day Round Robin Play Tuesday Night Against Episcopal at 6 p.m.

Junior Brett Spansel prepares his shot during the second quarter of the opening game in the Country Day Round Robin. Jesuit lead at halftime, but the Cajuns proved too much for the Jays, as they fell to Country Day, 54-49. The Blue Jays hope to
shake off the loss when they return to the court Tuesday (November 20)
at 6 p.m. against Episcopal (BR).

Click Here to View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit-Country Day Matchup