E.D. White beats South Lafourche at Cardinal Classic


Treavon Evans of South Lafourche goes up for a shot as E.D. White's Stephen LeBouef (left) and Geoffrey Hebert defend. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


It is hard to win when shots don’t fall and nothing fell in the first quarter for South Lafourche against E.D. White Catholic.

Thanks to E.D. White’s interior defense and rebounding, South Lafourche could manage just a single free throw in the first quarter. With an 18-1 lead, the challenge for E.D. White was not to get complacent with a big lead.

The Tarpons did make a run in the third quarter, but E.D. White’s advantage was never in any peril as the Cardinals went on for a 54-40 win in Thursday’s first-round game of the 2012 Raising Cane’s Cardinal Classic.

E.D. White’s win came during the third game on Thursday. In the other first-round games on Thursday Fountainbleau defeated Centerville and H.L. Bourgeois easily won over West St. John.

The round-robin tournament continues today with games starting at 4 p.m.

Defense and the play of his guards are what impressed E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife in beating South Lafourche.

“With the way our guards shot the ball that was great. When we can shoot the ball like that, it keeps people off our bigs. I thought our guard play was tremendous,” Keife said. “South Lafourche is a really good team and they do a bunch of different things to confuse you. As well as we played on offense, I thought we played better on defense. We knew they would make a run and we needed to keep our composure. We looked like a veteran team with the way we handled pressure.”

E.D. White (6-6 overall) did handle South Lafourche’s pressure defense and methodically built a 10-0 lead with 2:52 to play in the first quarter.

South Lafourche could not get a jump shot to fall and the Tarpons were not able to attack the rim against E.D. White’s defense. The Tarpons finally got on the scoreboard when Chris Berry made a free throw for a 10-1 score with 2:21 left in the first quarter.

E.D. White closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run and after a 3-pointer by Bruce Williams (12 points) the Cardinals led 18-1 to start the second quarter.

South Lafourche’s offense was much better in the second quarter and the Tarpons outscored E.D. White 13-11, but still trailed 29-15 at halftime.

South Lafourche coach Brian Callais said his players didn’t run any offense early on and when the Tarpons did begin to score it was too late.

“It was not a good effort. When we can’t shoot the ball, we will find ourselves in a hole. We didn’t play good defense and had no execution on offense,” Callais said. “We are not running our offense, and we are not staying patient. We are shooting too many 3-point shots. We are not rebounding and if we are held to just one shot, then we get blown out.”

South Lafourche (7-6) did have trouble making anything from behind the 3-point arc until Shawn Cheramie found his stroke in the third quarter.

Cheramie (13 points) made three 3-pointers along with another basket to help South Lafourche turn an 18-point deficit to a 38-29 score with 1:11 left in the third quarter.

The teams traded baskets to end the third quarter leaving E.D. White in front 40-31.

The Tarpons tried to hold onto the momentum and made it a 42-35 score with 6:40 left to play in the game.

However, E.D. White responded with consecutive baskets from Logan Gravois (12 points) and a bucket from Benton Arceneaux to push the lead back to 48-35.

From that point, E.D. White just stayed patient and converted layups to go on for the 14-point win.

Kairon Brooks led E.D. White with 15 points, while Treavon Evans scored 14 points for South Lafourche.

 

H.L. BOURGEOIS 80, WEST ST. JOHN 52 (BOYS)

At the Cardinal Classic, H.L. Bourgeois raced out to a 26-8 first-quarter lead and never looked back in taking a 28-point over West St. John on Thursday.

The Braves (12-3) led 46-20 at halftime and 64-35 after the third quarter.

Marlin Bonvillain led the Braves with 27 points, while Isaac Allridge finished with 17 points for H.L. Bourgeois.

Jordan Hamilton led West St. John with 20 points and Morell Bartholomew finished with 13 points.

In Thursday’s other first-round game, Fountainbleau defeated Centerville 74-72 in overtime. Colin Buttone scored 19 points Fountainbleau, while Joseph Ascani finished with 18.

Centerville was led by Jumanji Washington’s 25 points and 20 points from Jerome Williams.

 

THIBODAUX 81, WALKER 74 (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine High Tournament, the Tigers got 30 points from Trevon Cole and 15 points from Christopher Bryant in improving to 7-7 overall with the double-overtime victory.

The game was tied at 65 after regulation. Thibodaux will play Amite in the tourney at 5:30 today.

 

AMITE 55, TERREBONNE 46 (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine High Tournament, the Tigers fell to 7-8 overall and got 14 points from Davante Ross and nine points from William Moses. Amite led 22-15 at halftime, and Terrebonne was without leading scorer DeShaun Diggs.

The Tigers play Walker at 4 today in the tourney.

 

ST. JAMES 72, ASSUMPTION 61 (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine High Tournament, the Wildcats improved to 11-3 and got 21 points and 10 assists from Jason Favorite, 13 points from Owen Mumphrey and 10 points from Jarred Wiggins.

St. James led 17-15 after the first quarter, 41-23 at halftime and 54-31 after the third quarter.

Malik Mills (15 points), Denzel Johnson (13 points) and Kenyatta Charles (13 points) led the Mustangs (2-12), who were eliminated from the tourney. St. James plays again in the event at 1 today.

 

WEST JEFFERSON 62, SOUTH TERREBONNE 46 (BOYS)

At the East Ascension Tournament in Gonzales, the Gators got 13 points from Chandler Arceneaux and nine points from Tyrone Smith and fell to 1-9 on the season. West Jefferson led 10-7 after the first quarter, 29-14 at halftime and 45-28 heading into the third quarter. The Gators play again in the tourney at 5:30 today against Central Lafourche.

 

EAST ASCENSION 91, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 45 (BOYS)

At the East Ascension Tournament in Gonzales, the Trojans fell to 5-8 on the season and got nine points from Ramon Robertson. The Trojans play again in the tourney at 5:30 today against South Terrebonne. East Ascension improved to 16-1.

  

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 53, NORTHWOOD 41 (BOYS)

At the Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette, the Terriers improved to 10-3 overall and got 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals from Lionheart Leslie in moving into tonight’s quarterfinal game at 6:30 p.m.

Elijah McGuire added nine points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Terriers.

 

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 59, ELLENDER 38 (BOYS)

At the Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette, the Patriots (9-7) suffered from a poor shooting night and were eliminated from the tourney. Eric Welch led Ellender with 18 points.

 

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 92, RIDGEWOOD PREP 79 (BOYS)

At the St. Martin’s Tournament in Metairie, the Lions got 27 points from Datren Williams and 21 points and 11 rebounds from Rommel Edwards in improving to 8-1 on the season.

CCA led 20-17 after the first quarter, 46-32 at halftime and 61-43 after the third quarter.

Brandon Woods added 18 points and six assists for the Lions, who play Sophie B. Wright in the tourney today.

 

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.