SJHS Eagles split games, push record to 2-3 on hardwood

Tryve Brackin
Terrell Elwood has returned as the leading scorer from last year’s St. John High team. This year he has had a lot of help from fellow senior guard Gage Passantino as both are averaging in double figures five games into the Eagle hoop season.

St. John High’s Eagle boys split two games last week on the basketball hardwood to push their early season record to 2-3.

Coach James Papillion’s Eagles bounced back from an early week loss to upper classification 3-A West St. Mary’s Friday night by garnering a 40-37 road game victory over Class B Bethany Christian. The Eagles were previously 1-2 in the Ascension CHS early season tournament.

The Eagles hit the court running and put up an 11-7 scoring margin in the first period. Bethany’s players found their legs and rallied back to tie the score at 18-all by intermission and the score remained deadlocked by the end of three periods at 38-38. Finally the Eagles pulled away with a 12-9 scoring margin in the fourth stanza.

Friday night on the road the Eagles received outstanding guard play from seniors Gage Passantino and Terrell Elwood as the duo led the locals to their three-point win over Bethany.

Passantino popped in a game-high 18 points, including a pair of three-point baskets, to lead the way, while Elwood contributed 15 points to the winning cause. Adding to the SJHS scoring total were T.J. Williams, his younger brother Da’Vante Williams, and Guy Morgan. The trio combined for 7 points.

Bethany was led by Alvin Snowsen with 13 points and Areco Foster with 10 markers.

A couple of evenings early in Plaquemine, West St. Mary’s Wolfpack jumped out to an early lead and finished strong as they topped the hosting Eagles by a 66-39 score. The win boosted the visiting Wolfpack to 4-3 for the season.

Elwood paced St. John with a team-high 17 points. Backing Elwood were Passantino with 12 points, Morgan with 5, and Josh Johnson with 3 markers. Passantino bagged a pair of 3-point baskets in the effort, giving him four in two games last week.

JaQuincy Colbert led the Wolfpack with a game-high 25 points, while Jonah Jackson scored 13. The duo of Taylor Conner and Taylor Gibson had 6 apiece.