The SJCS boys varsity basketball team made a valiant second-half comeback, but visiting Christ Church had the edge in the last minute and defeated the Knights 49-45 in a Region 1-2A game Friday night.
The Knights, who trailed by as many as 13 points, used an 8-0 run late in the third quarter to close the gap. A pair of 3-pointers by Josh Masters and a drive by Jalen Gibson pulled St. Joe’s to within 35-32.
The Knights closed to within 45-43 on a jumper by Gannon Stockton with 3:40 to go, and when Gibson knocked down a shot from the left block, the score was tied at 45-45 with 2:41 remaining.
However, Bennett Rogers put Christ Church ahead on a drive with 1:07 left, and Sam Perry’s two free throws with 21 seconds to go clinched the victory for the Cavaliers.
Daniel Watson and Ben Saunders scored 13 points apiece to lead the Knights.
The SJCS varsity girls also made a comeback in the second half, but they dug too big of a hole in the first half and eventually lost 70-47.
Christ Church, the defending Class 2A state champion, scored the first 16 points before Mady Duwe made a free throw with 1:49 left in the first quarter.
The Knights trailed 25-1 before Brigid Stanton made their first field goal with 5:43 remaining in the second quarter.
St. Joe’s came to life in the second half and actually pulled to within 51-38, but that was as close as the Knights could get.
Brigid Stanton led St. Joe’s with 15 points, and Brittany Morris and Essence Thompson each scored 10 points.
Both teams will be back in action Friday night on the road against Landrum.