In a preview of a future District 6-5A matchup later on this season, St. Paul’s defeated Fontainebleau 53-39 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Classic.
St. Paul’s (5-1) advances to take on the Slidell/Jesuit winner in the semifinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Jesuit, while Fontainebleau (4-4) will take on the Slidell/Jesuit loser at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brother Martin.
Senior guard Parker Edwards led the way for the Wolves with a game-high 27 points, while forward Chandler Owenby added eight. Bryce Parchman chipped seven points in the winning effort for the Wolves.
“The story of the game to me was our intensity in the second half,” Edwards said. “We picked it up tremendously. We were able to go on the runs in the second half that we needed to in order to come out victorious.
“We just got too frustrated in the first half. I think we put our egos aside at the half and stepped it up.”
Trailing 23-21 at halftime, the Wolves scored the first five points of the third quarter to grab a 26-23 advantage. Fontainebleau responded with a run of its own, using a 12-3 spurt to grab the lead right back at 35-29 with 3:56 to go in the third quarter.
That would be the last points of the quarter for Fontainebleau as St. Paul’s scored the final 10 points to grab a 39-35 lead heading into the final period.
Leading 44-39 early in the fourth quarter, Edwards found Owenby for a thunderous alley-oop dunk to all but put the game away for St. Paul’s at 46-39. The lead for the Wolves grew to as much as 51-49 with less than two minutes to go in the contest.
A competitive game from the opening tip, St. Paul’s opened the game with a 13-9 lead, with 12 of those points coming from Edwards, but Fontainebleau held an advantage at the end of the opening quarter when it scored the final five points of the period, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Conner McCormick.
Ethan Rogers led the way for Fontainebleau with 14 points; McCormick had eight in a losing effort.
“We just didn’t shoot the ball well in the second half,” Rogers said. “We had plenty of chances to come out of this gym with a big win. We just need to learn our lessons and try and make sure that doesn’t happen again. It’s very early in the season and I think we have the opportunity to do some very special things.”
In the first game of the night between in losers' bracket action, Rummel defeated St. Stanislaus 38-31. The Raiders await the winner of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Martin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Brother Martin.