Like last year, Jack has been playing the 2 or shooting guard in practice. The Eagles have a very deep team. They have 11 players with a nice combination of taller boys and some solid ball handlers. The Eagles have added one nice ball handler (Jacob) and one capable small forward (Malcolm) to a group that had 9 wins and 1 loss last year.
The Eagles played their first game of the season at St. Ignatius against St. Albans. This is the first game of a double elimination tournament this weekend. The tournament games have 6 minute quarters.
Looking a little ragged, the Eagles led by the score of 17 to 8 at halftime. St. Albans then scored 7 straight points to make the score 17 to 15 at the end of the third quarter. With their larger players controlling the boards, the Eagles then rattled off 10 straight points to win the game by the score of 27 to 15.
Jack played about 19 minutes of the 24 minute game. After making the first basket of the game on a nicely designed play, he struggled with his shot. Jack ended up with 4 points on 2 for 10 shooting. Almost all of his shots were open looks that rimmed out or bounced off the back iron. Jack also had 4 assists, 2 rebounds and a blocked shot. Surprisingly, the coaches played Jack at the point guard the last three minutes of the game. I am not sure what motivated this line-up. I don't remember a time last year when Jack ran the point with Joe and the other starters on the floor.