There is an old refrain in the sports world about how difficult it is for a team to beat another team three times in a single season.
So, what about four times?
That’s the scenario St. Augustine finds itself in as the Purple Knights try to advance to the Division I state championship game.
St. Augustine (33-4) takes on Catholic League foe Brother Martin (19-16) at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles in the state semifinals.
The teams have met three times previously in the 2018-19 season with the Purple Knights coming out on top on each occasion.
The first outing was a non-league affair in the Chalmette tournament on December 14 when St. Augustine prevailed 61-38.
In the first of two Catholic League games, the Purple Knights won 55-22 on January 11.
The second time around, Brother Martin again was on the losing side, falling 61-53 in the most competitive of the games on February 5.
In the most recent outing at St. Augustine, the Purple Knights got off to a quick start behind a solid defense that forced Brother Martin into 10 first-half turnovers.
The game didn’t have the look of the most competitive of the three outings early as Brother Martin was held scoreless to trail 11-0 after one quarter.
St. Augustine led 29-15 at halftime before the Crusaders rallied, cutting the margin to nine points late in the game before eventually losing 61-53.
Jalvin Mitchell led the Purple Knights with 18 points.
The Crusaders were led by Chris Biehl with 22 points while Victor Tomlinson chipped in 10.
St. Augustine went 10-2 in Catholic League play and Brother Martin 6-6, with two of the losses coming to the Purple Knights.
Included among the Purple Knights’ regular-season wins was an 89-55 win over Thibodaux, which spent most of the year ranked No. 1 in Class 5A.