Flashes turn to playoffs after loss to Copiah Academy

Published 9:12 am Friday, February 2, 2024

The St. Aloysius Flashes are heading into the postseason in a slump.

After a four-game winning streak that helped secure a spot in the MAIS Class 5A South State boys’ basketball tournament, the Flashes were defeated 81-52 by Copiah Academy on Thursday for their second loss in a row.

Anthony McCloud led St. Al (15-11, 3-5 MAIS District 4-5A) with 25 points, and Carson Gleese scored 10.

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St. Al will be either the No. 3 or 4 seed from District 4-5A for next week’s tournament at Oak Forest Academy in Amite, Louisiana. If Cathedral beats Providence Classical on Friday, St. Al will finish fourth in the district. If Cathedral loses, the Flashes are third.

The South State brackets and tournament schedule will be finalized Saturday.

St. Al’s junior high boys’ team, meanwhile, lost 44-29 to Copiah in the first of two back-to-back meetings this week.
Keller Bradley had 10 points and John Hossley scored seven for the Flashes. Dru Gleese had six points and four assists, while Walt Andrews grabbed seven rebounds.

St. Al and Copiah will play again Saturday at 1:45 p.m. in the district’s junior high tournament. The event is being played at Copiah Academy.