Boys Basketball: St. Aug, Morris Jeff claim district titles with wins Saturday
After rallying to beat Brother Martin by three points at Brother Martin on Wednesday to set up a showdown for the Catholic League title, St. Augustine welcomed Gentilly neighbor and rival Crusaders to Watson Jones Gymnasium Saturday night and were very rude hosts.
The Purple Knights left no doubt, routing Brother Martin 75-51 in a dominating performance to claim the District 9-5A championship.
Brother Martin started well, taking a 10-9 lead after one quarter but St. Augustine began to take control in the second quarter and took a 27-21 halftime lead. The Purple Knights blew it open in the third quarter, outscoring Brother Martin 27-11 to take a commanding 54-32 lead going to the final quarter.
Preston Bax led the Purple Knights with 21 points while Mike Coleman had 14 points. Hubert Caliste added nine points while Nasir DeGruy and Ashton Trufant each scored eight points for St. Aug.
Grant DeLord and Rex Hernandez each scored 10 points while Brock Ranlett added eight points for Brother Martin.
St. Augustine (19-6-2) finished the regular season as a hot team, on a 4-game win streak. Brother Martin (21-8, 9-2) played 12 games in 23 days after having several games postponed due to COVID-19 protocols and the Crusaders will welcome the rest prior to starting the playoffs.
St. Augustine is third while Brother Martin is sixth in the most recent LHSAA Division I power rankings.
Morris Jeff Community won the District 11-2A tournament championship with a convincing 71-42 win over St. Charles Catholic.
Corey Givens and Joseph Irvin led the way for the Pelicans with 12 points, Laundale Galmore had 11 points and Leonard Howard finished with 10 points.
Newman, the top team in the district, will be the No. 1 seed in the Division III playoffs. The Greenies opted out of the tournament as a safety precaution, seeking to avoid any potential exposure to COVID-19.
Morris Jeff Community (21-5) is red hot, closing the regular season on a 14-game win streak and the Pelicans were 11th in the most recent LHSAA Class 2A power rankings. The Comets (9-14), 11th in the Division III power rankings, will host Archbishop Rummel Tuesday night in its regular season finale.
Area Boys Prep Basketball Results from Saturday, Feb. 20
Holy Cross 60, Jesuit 41
Morris Jeff Community 71, St. Charles Catholic 42
St. Augustine 75, Brother Martin 51
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