St. Augustine’s Devonte Jones had his way with the Rummel Raiders in the first half of Friday’s game.
The Purple Knights’ Caleb Daniels took over in the second half.
Between the two and stifling defense, the Raiders had no answer, as St. Augustine took an easy 75-45 District 9-5A victory at Rummel in a game between two teams who were unbeaten in league play.
“They are both seasoned players,” St. Augustine coach Mitch Johnson said. “Devonte has been playing for me for three years and Caleb has been playing for two, so they know my expectations.
“Defensively, we communicated, everybody was flying to the ball, everybody was buying in, and we did a pretty good job of rebounding after they shot.”
Jones staked St. Augustine (14-6, 4-0) to a 28-13 halftime lead by scoring 17 of his 21 points in the first half. Daniels scored 20 points, including 16 in the third quarter when the Knights’ lead grew to 23 points — 53-30.
St. Aug, which had beaten Holy Cross, John Curtis and Shaw, will play Brother Martin on Tuesday at home. Rummel (11-9, 2-1), which won games against Shaw and Brother Martin, will play Tuesday at Jesuit.
Jones scored 13 in the second quarter when he matched Rummel’s scoring, as St. Augustine outscored Rummel 18-5. The Knights trapped the Raiders’ point guards outside with their 2-1-2 half-court zone defense, closed off inside drives by sagging into the lane and forced Rummel to shoot from the perimeter.
“Their defense definitely contributed to the offense,” Rummel coach Troy Holley said. “We didn’t have enough ball movement to get the shot that we wanted, which allowed (St. Aug) to control the pace of the game and became a big negative for us.”
St. Aug led 10-8 at the end of the first quarter, then a 3-pointer by Jones started a 10-0 run that produced a 20-8 lead at 5:32 of the second.
Like Jones, Daniels got going with a 3, answering one by Rummel’s Aaron Broulet. That started a binge in which he scored in an assortment of ways, including two catch-and-shoot jumpers off out of bounds plays. He sank two 3-pointers and had two three-point plays in the quarter.
And, the duo, who combined for 61 points against Curtis, had help. Forward Pat Smith scored 10 points, and guard Myles Samuels, playing on his birthday, scored seven, including a 3-pointer in the third when Daniels was double-teamed.