At Vinemont Gymnasium:
St. Bernard 11 16 10 13 - 50 (9-3)
Vinemont 12 5 10 19 - 46 (1-14)
ST. BERNARD: Elijah Price 14, Christian Peterson 14, Gavin Whaley 4, John Christian Rose 4, Alec Von Theulen 7, Caleb Guthrey 3, Chann Pham 2, Luis Zatarian 2.
VINEMONT: Katch Johnson 21, Jack Hill 12, Connor Handley 12, Clayton Rogers 2, Hudson Wood 1.
FLASH NOTES: In trying to keep their winning streak alive, St. Bernard had to withstand a Vinemont comeback in the final three and a half minutes after an incident between Caleb Guthrey of St. Bernard and Clayton Rogers of Vinemont that increased the intensity of the contest.
St. Bernard was ahead 44-32 when the two players got into each other's face with 3:23 remaining. Both were separated and technical fouls issued against both. That was the fifth personal foul for the two, who were disqualified for the rest of the game.
Vinemont capitalized on it, getting two treys from Jack Hill and one by Katch Johnson that had the Eagles coming back.
Connor Handley stole an inbounds pass and hit a layup with 0:05 left to pull the Eagles within a basket at 48-46.
St. Bernard's Christian Peterson was fouled with 0:02 to play, stepping to the line with victory hanging in the balance.
Having missed the front end of a one and one with 1:23 to play, Peterson fought off the pressure and made both to clinch the eighth straight victory for Greg Boatright's Saints.
This was the closest of three meetings between the two, all won by St. Bernard. Vinemont was out to an early lead thanks to Johnson stroking three shots from long distance in the first quarter.
St. Bernard slowed up Vinemont's offense in the second, giving up just five points. Elijah Price scored from the field and foul line early in the second to put the Saints in front. Two baskets by Alec Von Theulen, one being a three, finished the scoring and gave the visitors a 27-17 halftime advantage.
Pham drove for a layup as time expired in the third, allowing the Saints to maintain a 10-point margin at 37-27.
A three from Peterson early in the fourth pushed the lead to 42-27 prior to the intense ending with the Saints' double digit margin being cut to two because of Vinemont getting hot in crunch time.
Up next for St. Bernard: Vs. Whitesburg Christian Friday (weather permitting)
(Live on WKUL-FM)
Up next for Vinemont: At Carbon Hill Friday.
Photo 1: St. Bernard's Christian Peterson moves past Vinemont defenders Trey Boland (3), Katch Johnson (20) and Hudson Wood (24) during the 2nd half of Thursday's game.
Photo 2: Katch Johnson goes up for a shot against St. Bernard defender Elijah Price (12). John Christian Rose (30) and Caleb Guthrey are involved in the play.
Photo 3: Vinemont's Katch Johnson dribbles past St. Bernard's (1) Eric Von Thuelen in the 2nd half at Vinemont Thursday night.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton