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Brand New Aloysius Gym
St. Aloysius Gym 1937 - A
St. Aloysius Gym 1937 - B
These pictures of the St. Aloysius Gym were taken in 1937, the year it opened.
Incredible Streak
Coach M. L. Lagarde
M. L. Lagarde
On February 27, 1953, St. Aloysius lost to Redemptorist in the Aloysius Gym 59-55. What is the significance of that game? The loss broke an 84-game home winning streak for the Crusaders that extended back to February, 1946!
  • The Rams, whom the Saints had edged 41-35 at Kingsley House in the first round, jumped out 9-0 and led 17-4 at the quarter.
  • Junior Jimmy Casabat sparked a rally to pull to 27-23 at the half.
  • SA led at the end of the third quarter, and the game stayed tight throughout the final stanza, including three ties in the last minute before the visitors pulled the upset.

The defeat proved to be only a minor setback as M. L. Lagarde's first squad after taking over from Johnny Altobello won the school's seventh straight prep championship and fifth state crown in seven years.

Jimmy Casabat
Never Give Up

Butch Fourroux
Butch Fourroux

What would you say your chances are in this situation?

You trail 51-49 with two seconds to play. The other team is shooting a one-and-one. With the three point shot not yet in the rules, all the opponent must do is make the first FT to ice the game. Even if he misses, you've got to get the ball to at least midcourt to try a desperation shot. You need help to pull this one out.

That was precisely the situation facing the St. Aloysius Crusaders on February 20, 1968. The Crimson Knights needed to defeat the pesky Redemptorist Rams at Jesuit Gym to clinch the second round and a chance to play De La Salle for the 5AAA championship.

I remember what happened quite well. As I sat dejectedly, my grandmother told me, "It's not over yet." The Ram player missed the FT, and a teammate foolishly went over Butch Fourroux's back for the rebound. Butch needed to make both ends of the one and one to send the game into OT. He did precisely that.

In the extra period, Jimmy Tillette scored 3, Mike Malinowski 2, and Fourroux 2 to eke out an improbable 58-57 win.

Andy Russo's first Crusader quintet defeated the Cavaliers 61-58 in the playoff at Cor Jesu Gym. They then defeated South Terrebonne 84-61 and East Jefferson 49-45 in the playoffs (both games at Cor Jesu) to reach the semifinals in Alexandria. There Apple Sanders' 31 led Baton Rouge to a 75-60 victory in an historic game. SA freshman Dale Valdery became the first African-American to enter an LHSAA Top Twenty game.

Mike Malinowski
Three Two-Point Games

The 1972-3 Brother Martin cagers proved one thing conclusively. They were two points better than the Rummel Raiders.

  • The teams met in the CYO tournament at Jesuit in December. The Crusaders won 50-48.
  • The teams met on Elysian Fields in the first round of District 6-AAAA play. Andy Russo's squad survived 36-34 when the officials ruled that a Rummel basket from near mid-court was launched a split second after the final buzzer. In those pre-3-point-line days, the shot would have sent the game into OT.
  • The second round clash in Metairie ended with - you guessed it - a two-point BM win, 51-49.

The Crusaders won both rounds of district play, defeating Holy Cross in a playoff for the second round title. They defeated Walker and Terrebonne to advance to the Top 20 in Alexandria where they were upended by the Bastrop Rams on a last-second basket in another two-point game, 74-72.

Leroy Oliver guards a Raider with Rick Robey and Jay Trapani as backup.

BM-Rummel 1973
Rohm's Runts
Derrick Collins
Derrick Collins

Under first year coach Milton Rohm, the 1982-83 BM basketball team turned in their best season since 1974, going 29-6. Led by senior G Derrick Collins, who made all-district, all-city, and all-state, the Crusaders made up for lack of height with quickness and team play.

The only two district losses were to St. Augustine. After defeating De La Salle for the XI-AAAA runnerup spot, the Crusaders met East Jefferson in the first playoff game, edging the Warriors 70-64. In the second round, the Saders battled back late in the fourth quarter to outscore McDonogh 35, 64-62. The Crusaders defeated Glen Oaks 71-70 in OT to advance to the Top 24 Tourney in Baton Rouge.

In the semifinals, Martin took on the 32-5 Neville Tigers. Once again, the Crusaders fell behind in the early going but surged in the fourth quarter to take a 64-63 lead with less than a minute to play. After Neville scored a 3-point play, Chris Fontenot sent the game into OT with a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer. (No three-point shot in 1983.) However, the Tigers prevailed in the extra period to take a 72-68 victory.

Paul Briuglio sinks a basket against Neville
at the LSU Assembly Center.

1983 Semifinal Action
Baby Saders

This is the 2001-2 8th grade Crusader team coached by Josh Guilbeau.

8th Grade Basketball 2002
Four members of this team, D.J. Augustin, Courtney Wallace, Mark Snyder, and Kirk Farrelly played on three straight Crusader LHSAA Finals teams, the last two winning the 5A championship. After Katrina, Courtney played his senior year at Woodlawn in Baton Rouge, the school that defeated Martin in the finals in 2003. Courtney's Woodlawn team also made the finals, losing to Ehret. Thus Courtney played in the finals all four years of high school.
Inaugural JV Champs
The first Brother Martin JV basketball squad (1969-70) followed in the footsteps of the varsity and won the District Championship. Unlike Andy Russo's 36-0 varsity, Tom Kolb's JV lost one game out of 26, 58-56 to De La Salle.
JV Basketball Champs 1969-70
Sophomore Joe Furlan paced the Baby Crusaders in the crown-clinching win against Archbishop Shaw with 27 points. This tied Joe's own record set earlier in the season against De La Salle and later tied by his twin brother Charlie against St. Augustine. Jay Trapani and Charlie Furlan also hit in double figures against the Eagles with 16 and 11, respectively.

In the second round grudge match against the Cavaliers, BM led 23-4 after Q1 and coasted to a 52-42 victory.

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