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Boys basketball: Long-range prowess serves Jesuit well

TAMPA — Admiral Farragut was playing catch-up even before the clock started in Wednesday's game.

The Blue Jackets were hit with a technical foul for dunking in warmups. That sent Jesuit to the line. The Tigers hit both free throws for a 2-0 lead.

Once the seconds began officially ticking away in the first quarter, AFA watched Jesuit continue to hit shots, most coming from long range.

The Tigers connected on eight 3-pointers in the first half. By firing away, Jesuit was able to lead in every quarter to win convincingly 64-53.

"Jesuit had an unbelievable night shooting," Blue Jackets coach Julian Allen said. "It seemed like everything fell for them, especially in the first half."

It was not just the shots that pleased Tigers coach Neal Goldman. It also was the clean looks the shooters had when they took them.

"We always joke about how much more brilliant we are when we make shots," Goldman said. "We're built for shooting, and it's all about generating good looks. We passed the ball well and handled their pressure well. That was the key to beating those guys."

Jack Cooper led the Tigers (3-1) with 24 points and four rebounds. Ryan Weir, who hit three 3-pointers in the first half for Jesuit, finished with 13 points and five assists.

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