St. Augustine overcomes Scotlandville to capture Division I boys basketball title, 47-44

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For St. Augustine, it was a long time coming.

The second-seeded Purple Knights had lost in the Division I state championship game in convincing fashion to four-time defending state champion Scotlandville in two consecutive state title games in 2019 and 2020.

For a while, it appeared the Hornets would make it three straight over the Purple Knights.

Then, St. Augustine flexed its muscle and determination, rallying past the Hornets 47-44 for the state championship at Burton Coliseum.

St. Augustine opened the game on a 6-0 run before Scotlandville took a 14-10 lead after one quarter.

The second quarter saw Scotlanville extend their lead to 21-14 on a basket by Rayvon Smith with 6:05 to go in the half. St Aug then went on a 5-0 run started on a basket by Hubert Caliste with 4:45 to go in the half and closed to within 21-19 with 3:31 to play in the half. The Purple Knights tied the game 23-23 on a basket by Chris Landers with under a minute to go in the half. The Hornets closed the half on a 5-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Rayvon Smith and a couple of free throws down the stretch to take a 28-23 halftime lead.

The Purple Knights changed the course of the game in the third quarter, outscoring Scotlandville 13-6 to take a 36-34 lead going to the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw St Aug maintain the slim lead. Caliste put the Purple Knights ahead 41-37 on a key basket with 4:00 to play in the game. The Hornets pulled to within 43-42 with 1:59 to play on two free throws by C’Zavian Teasett. The Purple Knights held off the Hornets charge and got the free thows they needed down the stretch to bring the second state championship trophy back to New Orleans.

The Hornets played just five players and St. Augustine displayed more depth, a key factor in the victory.

“I felt like we had more legs and more energy than the five guys they want to play,” St. Augustine coach Gerald Lewis said. “That was our game plan, to wear them down. Our players bought in. They grew, they understood what it means to sacrifice for each other.”

Senior Nasir DeGruy earned Most Outstanding Player honors with 13 points, three assists, two steals and a block. Landers came up huge with 10 points and an amazing 21 rebounds. Senior Ashton Trufant had eight points.

Zaheem Jackson finished with 14 points for Scotlandville while Smith had 11 and Teasett had eight points.

“We have nothing to be ashamed about tonight we had our chances tonight and couldn’t finish,” Scotlandville coach Carlos Sample said.

The Hornets were in a state championship game for a 12th straight season, an amazing accomplishment.

The state title is the first for the storied St. Augustine program since 2011 and the sixth overall LHSAA title in school history as the trophy returns to 2600 A.P. Tureaud Ave.

“We overcame,” DeGruy said. “The trophy is back home.”

FINAL
St. Aug 10 13 13 11 47
SHS 14 14 6 10 44

LHSAA Marsh Madness Schedule/Results

Monday, March 8 at Cajundome
Division IV semifinals
(1) Crescent City Christian 57, (5) Country Day 53
(3) Calvary Baptist 67, (2) Riverside Academy 63

3A semifinals
(1) Madison Prep 48, (4) Carroll 32
(11) St. Martinville 56, (2) Wossman 49

Monday, March 8 at Burton Coliseum
Division V semifinals
(1) Jehovah-Jireh 59, (5) Grace Christian 40
(2) Family Christian 47, (3) Episcopal of Acadiana 34

Class C semifinals
(6) Ebarb 66, (2) Phoenix 63
(1) Simpson 58, (4) Hornbeck 57

Tuesday, March 9
1A semifinals at Burton Coliseum
(4) Arcadia 46, (1) North Central 38
(3) White Castle 86, (7) Northwood-Lena 70

Class B semifinals
(2) Simsboro 67, (3) Hathaway 61
(1) Anacoco 81, (5) J.S. Clark Leadership 56

Division I semifinals at Cajundome
(3) St. Augustine 75, (2) St. Paul’s 72
(1) Scotlandville 46, (5) Jesuit 43

Division III semifinals at Cajundome
(1) Newman 54, (4) Holy Savior Menard 45
(2) Dunham 45, (6) Lafayette Christian 28

Wednesday, March 10 at Cajundome
4A semifinals
(1) Carver 75, (4) Neville 50
(2) McMain 50, (3) Woodlawn (SH) 48

Division II semifinals at Cajundome
(1) University High 58, (5) St. Michael 54
(2) St. Thomas More 71, (3) Liberty 51

2A semifinals at Burton Coliseum
(1) Rayville 76, (5) Franklin 67
(2) Port Allen 60, (6) Lakeview 48

5A semifinals at Burton Coliseum
(1) Natchitoches Central 58, (4) Hahnville 48
(3) Zachary 58, (15) Walker 44

Thursday, March 11 at Burton Coliseum
Noon—Division V title game—(1) Jehovah-Jireh 60, (2) Family Christian 57
2:30 p.m.—Division IV title game—(1) Crescent City Christian 59, (3) Calvary Baptist 49
5 p.m.—3A title game—(1) Madison Prep 52, (11) St. Martinville 47
7:30 p.m.—Class C title game—(1) Simpson 73, (6) Ebarb 65 (OT)

Friday, March 12 finals at Burton Coliseum
Noon—Division III title game—(2) Dunham 52, (1) Newman 48
2:30 p.m.—1A title game—(4) Arcadia 51, (3) White Castle 38
5 p.m.—2A title game—(2) Port Allen 59, (1) Rayville 45
7:30 p.m.—Class B title game—(2) Simsboro 56, (1) Anacoco 53

Saturday, March 13 at Burton Coliseum
Noon—4A title game—(2) McMain 49, (1) Carver 48
2:30 p.m.—Division II title game—(2) St. Thomas More 60, (1) University High 39
5 p.m.—Division I title game—(2) St. Augustine 47, (1) Scotlandville 44
7:30 p.m.—5A title game—(3) Zachary 63, (1) Natchitoches Central 57

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