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Saints win tourney title, stay unbeaten

12/14/2013, 10:34pm PST
By Craig Malveaux

Trey Kell scores 28 points in triumph over Torrey Pines.

— En route to the Horsman Wolf Pack Tournament title, St. Augustine eased past its first four opponents.

Then the Saints encountered Mission Hills in the semifinals.

St. Augustine outlasted the Grizzlies by five points to earn a finals appearance against undefeated Torrey Pines, which met little resistance, too.

Clutching a one-point lead to begin the fourth quarter, the Saints squeezed out a 60-55 victory over the Falcons on Saturday to clinch the championship.

“We’re gutty,” said St. Augustine coach Mike Haupt. “We had to grind it out against them. Mission Hills helped. They’re similar. They run their stuff and you have to grind it out. You have to guard them.”

Following a Dominic Hovasse 3-pointer, which cut the deficit to four with 20.8 seconds remaining, St. Augustine guard Eric Monroe milked the clock and hit a free throw to seal it.

Monroe chipped in 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting — nine from beyond the arc for the Saints (6-0), who routed their opponents by an average of 25.3 points per contest.

Senior guard Trey Kell tallied a game-high 28 points on 12-of-23 shooting despite being closely guarded by Torrey Pines’ Brandon Cyrus, who scored 22 points.

“We ran him off a lot of screens,” Haupt said of Kell.

“(Torrey) spends a lot of time in the 1-3-1 defense, so we tried to get him through the middle for some opportunities. His presence helped our shooters, and because they were so worried about him, we were able to get a lot of back cuts out of it.”

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