Nail Biter Against Rangers

Jesuit Varsity Basketball comes to town


Photo by Reid McEowen

Final score of the Plano East vs. Jesuit basketball game.

The Jesuit Rangers rolled into town this week to play the Panthers in their second game of the regular season. The Rangers shot out to a quick 16-7 lead in the first quarter, but the Panthers cut the lead to six in the second quarter. The Rangers’s senior, Marcus Hill, hit four consecutive threes in hopes of extending Jesuit’s lead, but senior Nate Whiters kept the game close with multiple threes of his own. Whiters scored all nine of his points off of threes in the second quarter. The Panthers exploded in the third, scoring 23 points and holding the Rangers to 13 points. Junior Jackson Davis led the scoring with 13 points, and this gave the Panthers a 41-39 lead heading into the final quarter. From that moment on, the lead kept switching hands. Junior Jaelen Anderson and Jesuit’s junior Julius Marble battled it out in the paint. However, Anderson’s nine-point performance in the fourth was not enough to give the Panthers the win. The game came down to the wire, but fundamental mistakes from the Panthers and the Rangers’ ability to make free throws in the fourth led to a final score of 53-51 Jesuit. The 6’8” forward, Marble, scored 15 points, with the majority coming from free throws in the final minutes, and was dominant in the paint during the game. Anderson constantly played above the rim and recorded three blocks and two steals, which led to several easy points for the Panthers. The Panthers hope to bounce back as they play at home again, Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30, against North Garland.