St. Augustine held off a fourth-quarter surge from Brother Martin and took a 64-59 victory Thursday night at Brother Martin in a quarterfinal game of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Classic.
The Purple Knights had a nine-point lead at the start of the fourth before Brother Martin cut the lead to six on a three-point play by Ryan Berger on its first possession of the quarter.
The Crusaders then came to within five with 4:53 remaining after a free throw from Schane Rillieux. But St. Augustine soon regained control, pushing its lead to 10 with 2:09 remaining after a three-point play from Sydie London and a basket from Brandon Lain.
St. Augustine Coach Clifford Barthe said his team settled for too many jump shots and didn't drive to the basket enough. During the fourth quarter, Barthe emphasized going to the basket and defending well.
The Crusaders' Patrick Swilling led all scorers with 36 points. He was 9-for-17 from behind the 3-point line.
"We needed to pick him up further out," Barthe said.
London finished with 21 points to lead the Purple Knights. Eldridge Moore added 14. Javan Felix had 13.
Courtesy of the Times Picayune