The St. Pius X boys’ basketball team defeated Marist 63-50 in front of a sellout crowd last Thursday. The Golden Lions will advance to the third round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year. Niko Broadway led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Zach Ranson added nine points and 12 rebounds.

After the game, St. Pius X head coach Aaron Parr said, “Any time you play your arch-rival, it’s going to be a war. The St. Pius-Marist rivalry is a special one, and the sellout crowd was electric. Both teams competed so hard, but I feel the difference in the game was our start. We got up 10-0 and Marist had to fight from behind the entire night. They made a run at us in the fourth quarter but we were able to get a few stops on defense late in the game. Survive and advance, that’s what it’s all about this time of year.”

The Golden Lions will play Americus-Sumter at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night in the Mark Kelly Gymnasium.

The St. Pius X girls basketball squad dropped their second round playoff game 67-19 to Flowery Branch. After the game, Coach Kyle Snipes said, “The end is always tough, even though only one team ends happy from a winning the game standpoint. Our kids fought hard all year, starting 0-5, with lots of doubters and remained focused on improving every day and from our standpoint we did. The kids kept blinders on and didn’t focus on any negativity from others. To play for a region title and advance to the second round of the state tournament is a testament to their work ethic and ability to stay focused on the task at hand.”

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