Unable to overcome a 20-point deficit, a gritty effort yielded only consolation results in the Jaguars 78-74 loss to the Martin Brothers Select team (16 year old team) at the Super Showcase for the 17 and under category.
The Jaguars trailed 24-14 after the first quarter, 42-33 at the half, and 65-54 heading into the fourth quarter. At one junction during the second half, the lead was 20 points for Martin Brothers Select.
A nice job at the point by Chris Diaz helped stabilize the Jaguars offense. And St. Raymond's Lenny McNeil produced 17 points to help the comeback on its way.
When Holy Cross guard Blaise Ffrench recorded one of two free throws midway through the fourth quarter, the Jaguars had earned a tie.
However, on the next few possessions, the New York based AAU team had difficulty converting baskets and were eventually forced to foul to gain possession of the ball back.
Pete Diffley had eight points for the Jaguars while teammates James Anacreon had 15 points, Antun Maxwell recorded 10, and Diaz contributed nine.
Malcolm Moore had 12 points for the winners while Tom Norton scored 13. The Martin Brothers Select team was much more efficient from the foul line than the Jaguars and also used the three-point shot to their advantage, knocking down eight threes.