Wins by Brother Martin and St. Augustine on Friday night secured a spot for a team from the Catholic League in the Division I boys’ state championship game.
Brother Martin edged fellow Catholic League rival Holy Cross 60-57 in overtime on Friday while St. Augustine defeated another District 9-5A foe Shaw 59-44 to both advance.
St. Augustine and Brother Martin are scheduled to face each other at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in one semifinal matchup at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles.
In two other quarterfinal games involving Catholic League teams Friday, top-seeded Scotlandville eliminated No. 8 John Curtis 72-50, while No. 5 Catholic of Baton Rouge ousted No. 4 Jesuit 58-45.
Scotlandville and Catholic High are slated to square off at 1:15 p.m. on Thursday.
Victor Tomlinson knocked down four free throws in the final minute of overtime to help No. 6 seed Brother Martin edge Holy Cross, the No. 3 seed, which had defeated the Crusaders twice in Catholic League regular-season play.
Brother Martin (18-16) led 25-19 at halftime.
A pair of Tomlinson free throws gave the Crusaders a 58-52 lead in overtime. Kalil Thomas of Holy Cross (27-7) hit a 3-pointer to make it a three-point game.
Tomlinson then hit two more free throws in the closing seconds to secure the win.
The Crusaders could have avoided overtime but missed a pair of free throws at the end of regulation with the score tied.
T.J. Small scored a game-high 20 points for Brother Martin.
Meanwhile, Catholic High used balanced scoring and a big fourth quarter to advance with its win over Jesuit.
Kentrell Scott and Connor Shamlin each scored 13 points for Catholic (28-5) while Collin Holloway chipped in 12 points and Nicholas Judice 10.
The Bears held a slim 11-10 lead after one quarter. Catholic edged ahead 24-18 at halftime before Jesuit (25-7) outscored the Bears 9-8 in the third quarter to make it 32-27 heading into the fourth quarter with the Blue Jays trailing by five points.
Catholic exploded for 26 points in the fourth quarter to put the Blue Jays away.
Elijah Morgan, with 18 points, was the only double-figure scorer for Jesuit.
Curtis hung tough with for much of the game against Scotlandville
The Patriots trailed by eight points until Rashad Holmes hit a shot from mid-court at the buzzer to make it 31-26 at halftime.
Curtis stormed back early in the second half and took a 36-33 lead midway in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets took over from there.
Holmes finished with 17 points to lead the Patriots, while Andrew Stagni and Darius Rockett chipped in 14 apiece.
TaiReon Joseph had a game-high 23 points for Scotlandville.