Basketball: St. Augustine beats Eastern


By Phil Anastasia

Sophomores Mike Vasturia and Sa'eed Nelson led St. Augustine Prep to a 69-66 victory over Eastern Sunday in the Cherry Hill East Invitational.

Vasturia, a forward, scored a 18 and was 4-for-4 from the foul line in the final 0:56.

Nelson, a point guard, scored 16 with four assists and made a couple of acrobatic drives that wowed the large crowd at Cherry Hill East.

The victory improved St. Augustine's record to 18-2 and also marked the 799th win over veteran coach Paul Rodio's career.

"We did what we've done all year," Rodio said. "We play defense when we have to, make foul shots when we have to. Nobody cares who scores."

Rodio can win his 800th Tuesday at Lower Cape May.

Senior center Matt Klinewski scored 29 with seven rebounds for Eastern (18-4).

Klinewski fouled out with 2:24 to play on a tough call off the ball.

Senior guard Alex Barr scored 14 with five assists for Eastern.

St. Augustine 21 16 9 23 -- 69

Eastern 13 19 14 20 -- 66

SA: Steve Corbo 3, Kevin Kennedy 7, Justyn Mutts 6, Sa'eed Nelson 16, Nate Segal 11, Brian Seward 8, Mike Vasturia 18.

E: John Scalindro 4, Justin Fendrick 3, Logan Edwards, Alex Barr 14, Tom Flacco 4, Maliq Sanders 10, Matt Klinewski 29.

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