The St. Joseph High boys basketball team has been working hard all season to keep in the playoff hunt, and on Friday night coach Chris Watts\u2019 Cadets took a step in that direction with a 79-66 victory over FCIAC rival Harding of Bridgeport in the Vito Montelli gym. \u201cWe had many games that were right there,\u201d Watts said of St. Joseph\u2019s 2-6 start to the season. \u201cWe were one piece away, one step away, from winning those games except for our loss to St. Francis Prep. \u201cEvery day the players came to practice and believed. There wasn\u2019t going to be a quick fix. There are no guarantees. But with each piece we add, roles change and we can go deeper.\u201d St. Joseph ended a five-game slide with a 76-70 overtime win at Danbury High on Thursday, and was looking to keep the momentum switch going against the talented Presidents (7-3). Erick Langston provided the biggest piece to the winning puzzle against Harding. The 6-2, 230-pound forward scored 20 points and had 19 rebounds. A senior, he scored 13 of his points in the final quarter, when the Cadets extended their 50-49 lead. \u201cCoach told us this game was going to be a fight to the end,\u201d Langston said. \u201cHarding is very good and uses a three-guard set. We wanted to give them one shot at the rim and that\u2019s all.\u201d With the score 61-59 St. Joseph after a pair of free throws by Harding\u2019s Reggie Stewart, who had 23 points, including five 3-pointers, Langston changed the game. He leaned in to draw contact while scoring from the block, and after Arkel Ager won a scramble on his missed try at a three-point play, Langston squared up and took a pass from Ager for another bucket. Off a Harding miss and a Langston rebound, he ran the floor in transition. As the trailer, he was in position for Jon Dzurenda\u2019s assist for another basket. To close the stretch, Langston was on the receiving end of an outlet pass from Steve Hashemi. He quickly located Dzurenda for a layup to run Harding into a timeout, trailing 69-52 with 3:52 remaining in the game. Ager, playing in his second game after having to sit after transfering in from Shaker Heights Academy in Ohio, led the Cadets\u2019 scoring with 24 points. Dzurenda scored 19.