McQuaid Falls to Niagara Falls


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The McQuaid Jesuit varsity basketball team’s season concluded on March 9 in the regional final against Niagara Falls.

How It Happened:

  • The game was close throughout until Niagara Falls pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring McQuaid 33-22.
  • Niagara Falls was led by freshman Willie Lightfoot who had 32 points. He shot 3 of 6 from three, and scored 22 of his points in the second half.
  • Sophomore guard Jalen Bradbury scored 16 points for Niagara Falls.
  • Niagara Falls shot 50 percent from the field compared to McQuaid’s 42 percent.
  • Niagara Falls shot 36 percent from the three compared to McQuaid’s 17 percent.
  • McQuaid was led in scoring by junior Kobe Long who had 20 points.
  • Junior Jermaine Taggart had 14 points to go along with a season-high 13 rebounds.
  • McQuaid outrebounded Niagara Falls 44-29. This was the first time the team won the rebounding battle and lost the game.

McQuaid’s successful 2018-2019 season came to an end. Last year, McQuaid captured its first Sectional Championship since 2003. After winning another Sectional Title this year, the Knights will graduate 8 seniors.

“The seniors changed the culture of McQuaid Basketball. I’m proud of them,” head coach Jack Leasure, ‘04, said.

Jack Murphy, ’20
McQuaid Varsity Basketball Knights take a picture with head coach Jack Leasure, ’04, on senior night.

McQuaid ended their season with a record of 18-5. Led by Long and Taggart next year, the Knights hope to win another Sectional Title and perhaps a State Championship.