Basketball Report: St. Aug remains red hot, takes easy win Monday over Brother Martin
You want to be playing your best basketball at the right time, by the end of each season.
Mitchell Johnson is a happy man as his St. Augustine Purple Knights are peaking at the right time.
The Purple Knights completed a season sweep of Brother Martin, whipping the Crusaders 59-35 at Bob Conlin Gymnasium Monday. It was the eighth straight win, all in District 9-5A play for St. Augustine. The Purple Knights defeated Brother Martin 55-56 on Jan. 28 at Watson Jones Gymnasium.
The Purple Knights (20-8, 9-1) controlled play from start to finish. St. Aug led 16-6 after one quarter as Devon Jefferson pumped in 12 points. At the half, it was 26-16 as Jefferson had 17 points in the half. The Purple Knights opened up an insurmountable 45-27 lead after three quarters and coasted to the victory.
Jefferson led St. Aug with 23 points, Tyrone Trufant had 12 points and Dante’ Smith finished with 11 for the Purple Knights. Victor Tomlinson had 14 points while T.J. Small finished with 12 for the Crusaders (15-13, 5-6). St. Augustine was just sixth in the most recent LHSAA power rankings but rising and quite dangerous.
The Purple Knights remain first in the Catholic League. The Purple Knights host Archbishop Shaw Friday at 7 p.m. before concluding district play Saturday at Holy Cross in a make-up contest. The Crusaders, who have now lost four straight and six of their last seven games, will play at Archbishop Rummel Friday at 7 p.m.
Area Prep Basketball Results from Mon., Feb. 12
New Orleans Area
De La Salle 68, St. Charles Catholic 42
Warren Easton 70, McMain 50
Grace King 79, Cohen 58
Lusher 65, St. James 43
Newman 77, Fisher 30
Northshore 62, Ponchatoula 57
Phoenix 83, Lutheran 47
Riverside 77, Archbishop Hannan 38
Runnels 75, French Settlement 63
Slidell 56, Fontainebleau 53
South Plaquemines 72, Grand Isle 38
St. Augustine 59, Brother Martin 35
St. Paul’s 89, Mandeville 56
Thibodaux 89, East St. John 43
Baton Rouge Area
Ascension Catholic 68, Ascension Christian 53
Brusly 72, Mentorship Academy 45
St. John 62, Kentwood 48
White Castle 66, East Iberville 56
Berwick 58, North Vermilion 50
South Terrebonne 88, South Lafourche 83
Centerville 75, Central Catholic 60
West St. Mary 75, Loreauville 50
Area Prep Basketball Schedule for Tues., Feb. 13
New Orleans Area
Covington at Hammond, 7:15 p.m.
East Jefferson at Higgins, 7:15 p.m.
Baton Rouge Area
Ascension Christian at Ascension Catholic, 7 p.m.
Capitol at Port Allen, 7 p.m.
Cecilia at Livonia, 7 p.m.
Denham Springs at Central, 7 p.m.
East Feliciana at Episcopal, 6 p.m.
Jehovah-Jireh at Doyle, 6 p.m.
Kentwood at St. John, 7 p.m.
Northeast at The Church Academy, 7 p.m.
Scotlandville at Zachary, 7 p.m.
Walker at Live Oak, 7 p.m.
Ellender at E.D. White Catholic, 6 p.m.
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