By Peter Steinbauer
St. Augustine held firm despite a second-half surge from East Jefferson and won 59-49 on Thursday night in a Newman Invitational Tournament quarterfinals game.
The Warriors entered the fourth quarter trailing by 11 but chipped away at the Purple Knights' lead. East Jefferson cut the deficit to two with 3:41 remaining on a three-point play by Raymond Bell.
East Jefferson (8-2) had an opportunity to tie on its next possession, but the Warriors turned the ball over while trying to inbound against St. Augustine's pressure.
Eldridge Moore sank two free throws on the ensuing possession, and the Purple Knights went on to outscore East Jefferson 10-2 in the final three minutes. St. Augustine made eight of eight free throws during that quarter.
"We talked about it at halftime how we played intimidated and afraid," East Jefferson Coach Ryan Dicharry said. "I said, 'If there's one thing we have to do, it is go out there and show we're not afraid to play this team. Let's go out there and don't be afraid to make plays.' "
The Warriors, down 31-17 at the half, started the third quarter on an 8-2 run. St. Augustine regained control at the end of the third with seven points by Sydie London, who had 13 points.
Javan Felix scored 15 for St. Augustine (11-1) and Moore 14.
East Jefferson's Antoine Tobias led all scorers with 18 points. d Dominique Suggs scored 14 and Jeremy Clark 13.
BROTHER MARTIN 56, CATHOLIC-BATON ROUGE 47: The Crusaders held the Bears to one point in the final 3:40 in their quarterfinals victory.
The Bears (6-3) trailed by seven at the start of the fourth before cutting the deficit to three on a 3-pointer by Tanner Breaux with 3:41 remaining.
Catholic came no closer, as Brother Martin (9-3) quickly regained control. Senior Patrick Swilling made a 3-pointer and sank two free throws on consecutive possessions, giving the Crusaders a 54-46 lead with 2:40 remaining.
"(Catholic) is a tough, well-coached team," Brother Martin Coach Scott Thompson said. "They were going to keep battling."
Swilling finished with 21 points. Ryan Berger scored 11.
Cory Ferrara scored 11 for Catholic, and Breaux finished with 10 points.
Courtesy of the Times Picayune