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St. Augustine’s depth too much for Lake Area in regular season opener

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By Jonathan Willard, Student Reporter. Photo by: Mark Boucree, Student Photographer 

It’s the season of slam dunks, crossovers, and unbelievable athleticism at high schools across the state. Regular season basketball began Nov. 16 throughout Louisiana.  The St. Augustine Purple Knights started the season with a junior varsity and varsity battle in the school’s gym against the Lake Area Jaguars.  The Knights proved to be too much for the Jaguars, dominating in both games.  The JV final score was 56-30, St. Aug.  The varsity score was 72-46, St. Aug.

The Purple Knights came into the game very confident and excited.  While the players worked the Jaguars up and down the court, the packed student section shouted “sorry not sorry” throughout the night. “The sorry not sorry tour is back,” senior, Dominick Higgins said.  Higgins and the more than 200 fans who stood in the stands were happy to see their team start the season with a strong win.

Varsity play began with St. Aug starting out firing on all cylinders.  With ten-plus players scoring for the Purple Knights, Coach Mitchell Johnson showed that his young team can score the ball.  St. Aug used a display of well-rounded offense and strong defense to build an early lead they would never give up.

The junior varsity game began with both teams duking it out.  Each team had their fair share of turnovers and fast-break points.  St. Aug eventually took control of the game from feisty Jaguars and won by a comfortable margin.  “It’s great to see our boys compete and never give up,” Lake Area parent, Sharon Smith said. Bryson Celestine was a standout offensive performer for St. Aug, scoring several baskets and often getting teammates involved in scoring.  Juwan Jackson protected the paint for the Knights with several first half blocks.

Junior, Myles Samuel led all scorers with 26 points and 6 three-pointers for the Knights.  Jojuan Cambrice of Lake area answered with several three-pointers of his own.  The Purple Knights showed their depth Monday night, with every active player on the roster scoring a basket.  “Tonight was the start of a great season to come,” Samuel said.  Purple Knights Caleb Daniels, Devante Jones, Quindell Prathers, and Patrick Smith contributed double digit points.  

The opening home court victories for the Purple Knights undoubtedly adds momentum to a highly anticipated season. East St. John visits St. Augustine Friday at 5 p.m.

By Jonathan Willard, Student Reporter

Photo by: Mark Boucree, Student Photographer


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