Nazareth 58, Joliet Catholic 51
When Nazareth has enjoyed success this season, often times it has been in part because of its strong 3-point shooting. That was the case Friday as the Roadrunners drained 10 shots from long range in the first three quarters and held off Joliet Catholic to surpass its East Suburban Catholic win total from a year ago.
Senior Kevin Connelly buried a 3-pointer 10 seconds into the game to set the tone. The Roadrunners (13-10, 3-4) made 5-of-10 3-pointers in the first quarter to race out to a 22-10 lead. Four different Nazareth players hit shots from beyond the arc in the opening quarter, including two by senior Chris Swade. Nazareth led 51-33 after three quarters and elected to hold the ball for a good portion of the final quarter. The plan almost backfired as the Hilltoppers (10-15, 0-6) got as close as 57-51 with 34 seconds left. Jalen Jackson scored 24 of his game-high 26 points in the second half, including hitting all six of his 3-point attempts.