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Coach Paul Recognized for Milestone Win; Varsity Boys 7-0

Coach Paul Recognized for Milestone Win; Varsity Boys 7-0

SJCS Varsity boys basketball coach Paul Assinesi is at 201 and counting.

On Tuesday night, one day after collecting victory No. 200 with the Knights, Coach Paul led his team to a 55-20 win over visiting Pickens.

Before the game, Coach Paul was presented with a special ball in honor of win No. 200 by SJCS Head of School Keith Kiser.

Then the Knights played suffocating defense for four quarters and improved to 7-0 this season.

Juan Montoya scored eight of his 13 points in the first quarter, helping St. Joe's take a 17-6 lead. Jaylen Townsend scored eight of his 14 points -- and drilled two of his four 3-pointers -- in the second quarter, and the Knights had a 31-11 halftime advantage.

Matteo Mazza contributed 10 points. Owen Smith had seven points, Sam Patterson five points and Smith Crick, Brogan Poole and Carter Bears two points each.

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Varsity Girls

The SJCS Varsity girls fell behind early and lost to Class 4A Pickens, 54-37.

The Knights trailed 23-5 after one quarter and then hung tough against the Blue Flame, who advanced to the Upper State final last year and are 6-0, No. 1 in the state in 4A and No. 3 overall according to MaxPreps.

Evie Adams hit four 3-pointers and scored 16 points for the Knights, and Caroline Mruz added 10 points. Ava Catherine Elder had four points, Tiffany Helmer three points and Lola Kelly and Adelia Stefanik two points apiece.

Middle Schools

Marshall Bears scored nine points, and the MS boys rolled to a 35-12 win over the visiting Greenville Hurricanes Tuesday.

Deux Greene had six points, and Will Hand and Miles Norman had five points each for the Knights (4-0). John Smart had four points, and Moses Zikusooka, Miles Parrick and Brayden Royal had two points apiece.

The MS girls came up short against the Hurricanes, 26-22. Molly Monroe led the Knights (3-1) with eight points. Brynna Okuley, Annabel Burress and Eva Cifuni had four points each and Hazel Grace had two points.

In the MS girls' win over Southside Christian Monday, Monroe had 10 points, Cifuni had eight points, Okuley had six points and Grace had two points.