Asked if he was concerned heading into the game, Saints coach Mike Haupt replied: "Absolutely."
This had all the makings of an upset.
No. 1-ranked St. Augustine on the road. Against parochial-school rival Cathedral Catholic. With the Western League title already won. Without sophomore starting guard Eric Monroe.
So when the Dons went up 4-0 to start the game, there was concern among the Saints faithful. Three minutes and 11 straight points later, things were back to normal. Another 11-0 run midway through the second quarter followed by a 10-0 spree heading into the break produced a lopsided 41-14 lead to end the first half, and few doubted St. Augustine would make it 15 straight wins.
The Saints (25-2, 11-0) cruised in the second half to a 67-43 victory with San Diego State-bound Trey Kell compiling 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way.
It was reminiscent of last year’s Division III title game in which St. Augustine pummeled the Dons 62-38 en route to a state title.
When asked if he was concerned heading into the game, Saints coach Mike Haupt replied: “Absolutely.
“We threw a zone defense at them in the second quarter and I think it surprised them. The idea was to make them shoot threes.”
The Saints outscored the Dons 26-4 in the second eight minutes as Cathedral Catholic (15-9, 7-4) launched seven shots from beyond the arc without success.
Kell said St. Augustine came prepared.
“We want to be playing our best basketball heading into the playoffs and no matter what, it was still Cathedral Catholic,” he said.
Reid Johnson’s 13 points led the Dons.
As for Monroe, he was cleared to play after suffering an ankle sprain, but Haupt said he wasn’t about to take any chances. Monroe is expected to play Friday against University City in the regular-season finale.