Next year the rivalry between Marc Loving and Nigel Hayes will be escalated to the Big 10 collegiate level.  But on December 12, 2012 the rivalry remained at the high school level for the two seniors — as it has for the past four years — as Loving’s St. John’s Jesuit Titans cruised to an easy 60-37 victory over Hayes’ Whitmer Panthers in the season opener for both teams in TRAC conference play.

Playing before a sold-out house at St. John’s Jesuit High School, Loving, a 6-8 forward, scored 22 points to lead all scorers as the Titans improved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the TRAC.  Senior guard Austin Gardner chipped in 14 points.

6-foot-7 forward Nigel Hayes netted 19 points to lead Whitmer.

Next season Loving will be playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes while Hayes will be donning a Wisconsin Badgers uniform. 

Although both players look forward to continuing to play against each other in college, their immediate focus is on helping their teams contend for the Three Rivers Athletic Conference championship. 

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The Whitmer cheerleaders are reflected on the hardwood court.

 

St. John's Jesuit senior forward Marc Loving (32) looks to drive the baseline to the basket against Whitmer junior Jon Ashe (22) during the first quarter of play.

 

St. John's Jesuit forward Marc Loving (32) shoots during the the first quarter of play.

 

St. John's Jesuit 6-8 senior forward Marc Loving (32) throws down a moster dunk during the first quarter.

 

St. John's Jesuit guard Austin Gardner (10) drives to the basket.

 

Whitmer senior Ricardo Smith (10) puts up a shot over St. John's Jesuit junior forward Trevor Walsh (22).

 

St. John's Jesuit junior Anthony Glover (4) tries to get a shot off against Whitmer senior Luke Hickey (4).

 

St. John's Jesuit forward Marc Loving (32) drives to the basket as Whitmer senior Nigel Hayes (23) attempts to draw a charging foul.

 

St. John's Jesuit guard Austin Gardner (10) goes up for an uncontested layup during the second quarter of play.

 

Whitmer forward Nigel Hayes (23) shoots over the out-stretched arm of St. John's Jesuit forward Marc Loving (32) during the second quarter.

 

St. John's Jesuit junior forward Parker Ernsthausen (24) puts up a shot over Whitmer guards Ricardo Smith (10) and Chris Parker (5) during the second quarter.

 

St. John's Jesuit senior Marc Loving (32) drives the baseline against Whitmer junior Chris Boykin (20).

 

St. John's Jesuit guard Austin Gardner (10) shoots a jump shot from beyond the three-point arc over Whitmer guard Luke Hickey (4) during the second quarter.

 

Whitmer head coach Bruce Smith gives instructions to junior Chris Parker (5) during a break in third quarter action.

 

St. John's Jesuit guard Austin Gardner (10) looks to pass the ball while being defended by Whitmer senior Luke Hickey (4).

 

St. John's Jesuit head coach Ed Heintschel signals to his players on the court during the third quarter.

 

St. John's Jesuit forward Marc Loving (32) shoots over Whitmer guard Ricardo Smith (10) and Nigel Hayes (23) during the second half of the game. Loving topped all scorers with 22 points.