Sophomore boys’ hoops squad takes tournament title

Staff report

Coach Bill Riley guided the St. Joseph sophomore basketball team to a second consecutive championship in the Wheaton-Warrenville South holiday tournament.  The team came out on top of a field of 8 talented teams to repeat as champions, defeating St. Charles East 43-40.  The game was sealed when freshmen Jaelon Hood came up with a steal in the waning seconds of a one point game, was fouled, and calmly sank two free throws to ice the game.

In the final game, the team was led by sophomore Leon Davis, who stepped up as most of the starters got into early foul trouble and the bench was missing some key players.  Davis had a monster game, ripping down 9 rebounds to go along with 14 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, and 2 huge blocks.

The team struggled with foul trouble beginning in the first quarter as freshmen twins Jalen and Jordan Boyd each picked up early fouls in a tightly contested game.  The front court was without 6’8” big man D’Jimon Ashberry for the championship game, forcing Davis to play all five positions on the court at various points in the game.  Sophomore Joe Sanchez came off the bench to play crucial minutes at the end of the first half and started the second half as well.

Freshmen backcourt mates Ahmad Muhammad and Jaelon Hood played great, as well.  Though Muhammad struggled with his jump shot, he dished out assists at key points in the second half and played solid defense on some very good shooters from St. Charles East.  Hood sliced and diced his way into the lane and to the hoop all game long, as St. Charles East had a difficult time staying in front of the ultra-quick guard.   His performance was capped off with his steal and game sealing free-throws in the waning seconds of the fourth quarter.