St. Amant tops East Ascension, 59-55

Buzz Breeden

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Back on Jan. 25, East Ascension won at St. Amant, 66-55. Friday it was time for the Gators to return the favor on their rival’s court. 

Though St. Amant took a 59-55 victory, the game did not go well early for the Gators, as the Spartans jumped out to a 9-0 lead, thanks to excellent shooting by Jamal Steward (team high 14 points) and John Paul Williams (eight points).

St. Amant would close the lead with second chance scoring and great inside post play to tie the game at 17-17 at the end of the first quarter. East Ascension was able to pull away in the second and third quarters with excellent full court defense and offensively its guards were able to penetrate the lane for easy baskets.

East Ascension would grow its lead to seven at the beginning of the fourth quarter, 46-39; however, St. Amant would outscore the Spartans, 20-9, in the quarter to win a very hard-fought game. Justin Manton and Malik Beasley led the comeback for the Gators. Manton scored a game high 22 points, including three three-pointers and Beasley scored 11 points.

The play of the game came with 1:47 left on the clock of a tie game at 53 each. East Ascension brought the ball up the court and began to try to kill time off the clock with its spread offense; however, it backfired on an errant pass that turned the ball over and gave momentum to St. Amant. Solid free throw shooting sealed the deal for St. Amant which improved with the win to 8-14 overall and 3-5 in District 6-5A. The loss dropped East Ascension to 18-12 overall, 3-5 in District 6-5A.

EAST?ASCENSION?41, ST. AMANT?36: In the girls game, the Spartans were as close as they could get to winning against the rival Gators.

With less than five minutes left in the game East Ascension closed the score to 29-28, But the Spartans could not make the big plays when they needed them.

Symone Miller, East Ascension’s guard, led all scores with 19 (10 of those in the fourth quarter).

St. Amant was able to make easy lay-ups all game long off of numerous Spartan turnovers.

The game was the regular season finale for both teams. St. Amant’s record improved to 14-16 overall, 3-7 in District 6-5A. East Ascension’s season ended with an overall record of 2-20 and 0-10 in district. St. Amant swept the season series over East Ascension; St. Amant won at home on Jan. 25 (36-18).