A late third-quarter run and nine fourth-quarter points from Tournament MVP Tre’Von Jasmine gave East St. John a 52-44 victory over Brother Martin on Saturday to win the Allstate Sugar Bowl CYO Basketball Classic.
Jasmine — who went 13-of-14 from the free-throw line — finished the game with 18 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Forward Troy Green added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Javon Antonio patrolled the paint with seven points, four rebounds and six blocks.
“This is historically a great tournament and to win the tournament while coaching my son during his senior year is just a blessing,” East St. John coach Yussef Jasmine said. “We played Brother Martin in their gym, and to come on the road and get this win says a lot about our team.”
This also marks the third consecutive season Brother Martin (2-2) has lost in the championship round of the CYO Tournament.
“The one thing we’ve got to learn is how to be a championship team,” Brother Martin coach Chris Biehl said. “You lose in the championship three years in a row and now we’ve got a trend. We’ve just got to step it up a little bit.”
After a Raekwon McKnight layup gave East St. John (5-2) a 30-29 lead early in the third quarter, Brother Martin went on an 8-0 run — five of those points coming from Brother Martin forward Venjie Wallis — to take a 37-30 lead. East St. John responded with a 13-0 run of its own that extended from the end of the third quarter to the beginning of the fourth and ended with a Jasmine 3-pointer that gave the Tigers a 43-37 lead.
A Bruce Jordan-Swilling 3-pointer cut the Tigers’ lead down to 45-42, but Jasmine nailed six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for East St. John.
“My son has been a clutch player for us since we’ve been here,” Yussef said of Tra’Von. “I know he can always play at this level and he’s just being who he is. I’ve been telling him for a while that he’s a born leader and that he’s built to lead and I thought he showed it tonight.”
Wallis led the Crusaders with 16 points, but struggled getting good looks, going 6-for-15 from the field and missed his final five shots of the game. Jordan-Swilling also had 13 points and six rebounds.
“They were really focused in on Venjie and they made sure every time he drove to the lane they pinched down on him,” Biehl said.
Both teams went back and forth in the first half, exchanging leads on six different occasions. Jasmine and Green continuously found ways to make plays in the paint against the Crusaders defense, scoring 17 of their team’s 26 first-half points and combining for five rebounds.
“The game was really physical, the refs were letting us play,” Tra’Von said. “We just did what we had to do to get the win.”
Christian Durant of John Curtis, Charles Brown of St. Augustine, Rob Weiss of Jesuit, Vejon Wallis of Brother Martin and Green were all named to the All-Tournament team following the game.