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The student news site of Creighton Preparatory School.

Jay Journal

Junior Jays Getting Hot At The Right Time

A look into the past week of Creighton Prep Basketball

Creighton Prep is winning games when it matters most. This past week, the Junior Jays rose to #7 in the Class A rankings and look to end their regular season strong this next week. This past week, the Junior Jays took down Millard West and Rockhurst, extending their winning streak to 3. 

Firstly, Creighton Prep took down Millard West this past Friday. The first quarter was a defensive battle. Neither team could get much scoring, with Prep winning the quarter 9-4. 

The second quarter, however, felt like a completely different ballgame. The Junior Jays outscored the Wildcats 25-21. While Prep provided a 3-point barrage, the Wildcats relentlessly drove at the hoop, getting a lot of opportunities at the free-throw line. Prep guard Carson Jones had a game 6 made 3s on only 8 attempts. The Junior Jays took a 9-point lead into the half. 

The Wildcats tried to claw back in the second half, even getting within 6 points of the Junior Jays in the final frame. Wildcat guard Reece Carson was scoring on all three levels and ended with 18 points. Fortunately, the Junior Jays were able to pull away and beat the Wildcats 61-51. 

After defeating the Wildcats, Prep traveled to Kansas City to play the Rockhurst Hawklets. 

Prep jumped out to an early lead, but Rockhurst cut the lead to 4 at the half. Forward Dillon Claussen dominated this game, scoring 23 points on 9 shots. He hit 4 of his 5 attempts from beyond the arc. Marquis Toliver added a game-high 8 assists as well. 

A big third quarter allowed the Junior Jays to pull away, defeating the Hawklets 61-49 on their home court. 


The difference for this game was on the boards. Prep outrebounded Rockhurst 30-16, nearly doubling the Hawklets. With ample opportunities on the offensive end, Prep was able to lead the whole game. 

This week highlighted a lot of Prep’s strengths on the offensive end, specifically from the 3-point line. The Junior Jays knocked down 23 of their 43 attempts from beyond the arc this week, good for 53%. Carson Jones continued to dominate. In the past 4 games, the senior guard averaging 16.5 points and shooting 63% from the 3-point line. Claussen is also averaging 18 points over his past 4 outings. 

The Junior Jays have a tough 3 game home stand to end the regular season. They play Omaha South before playing #2 Millard North and #5 Omaha Central.


This week: vs Omaha South (2/13), vs Millard North (2/16), vs Omaha Central (2/17)

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