St. John High’s Eagles took a break Friday night from the rigors of playing in the toughest Class A district in state boys’ basketball and garnered a comeback 58-36 victory over visiting lower classification Family Christian Academy.


St. John High’s Eagles took a break Friday night from the rigors of playing in the toughest Class A district in state boys’ basketball and garnered a comeback 58-36 victory over visiting lower classification Family Christian Academy.

The home court win boosted Coach Cassidy Russo’s Eagles to a 5-9 overall record. A previous loss in the week to District 8-A leader White Castle dipped the SJHS boys to 1-4 in league play. Three league losses have come at the hands of state 1-A second-ranked Christian Life, eighth-ranked East Iberville, and ninth-ranked WCHS.

The Eagles started their non-district victory a bit slow Friday night as Family Christian took leads of 7-6 and 19-16 in the first two periods to the locker room at intermission. However, the Eagles found their legs and began to hit their shots, finding a way to outplay the visitors on both ends of the court in the second half. SJHS rang up quarter margins of 21-6 and 15-4 to turn the game into a final blowout.

Keying the victory was sophomore Da’vante Williams, who bagged a season-high 26 points. Mike Martinez and Nick Baldwin tallied 9 points in support, while Josh Johnson netted 5 and Kade Yarbrough 4 points. Corey Kimble and Case Randazzo combined for 5 more SJHS points. Quinn Jones paced FCA with 18 points.

Former White Castle High basketball/football graduate Jamie Holmes coaches the Family Christian boys’ club.