"They're a great team. They run a great offense, they're very patient, and they play very good pressure defense. That can only help kids get better. That's why they're on our schedule."
Bishop Eustace (18-8) trailed by two with three minutes left in the second quarter and by six in the third quarter, but Boston University recruit Cheddi Mosely knocked down four of his five three-pointers in the second half and the Friars (21-4) opened up the game.
"It's completely different from all the games we've played this season," said Flo DaSilva, who led Eustace with 10 points. "They're high-intensity, and they're the most disciplined team we've played. They didn't take a single bad shot today."
"This is state-tournament preparation," said St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley, one of three high school coaches in the Basketball Hall of Fame. "Both of us will gain from this.
"This was a very high-level game right before the states, and we both can go to practice and look at the film and build on what we saw today."
DaSilva noticed the hype for the game and wanted to bring his best in front of the big crowd. He scored seven points in the first half and drained a three early in the third quarter to cut his team's deficit to six, but he could not lead a comeback.
"This is definitely motivation," DaSilva said. "We had it pretty low in the third quarter, so we know we can hang around with any team come playoff time."
St. Anthony 13 9 14 16 - 52
Bishop Eustace 8 5 10 7 - 30
SA: Tarin Smith 12, Cheddi Mosely 19, Shaquille McFarlan 4, Jagan Mosely 7, Idris Joyner 8, Eddy Dominguez 2.
BE: Flo DaSilva 10, Conor McLaughlin 8, Isiaha Wingfield 2, Brandon Cazan 7, Eric Sobocinski 3.