Getting Defensive: Braves use defense to set tone vs. E.D. White


H.L. Bourgeois’ Teren Morris (10) goes up for a shot as E.D. White Catholic’s Stephen Lebouef (33) and Kairon Brooks (11) defend during Friday night’s Cane’s Cardinal Classic in Thibodaux. The Braves won, 51-38. (Photo by Jim Cenac/Correspondent)


H.L. Bourgeois is known for being an explosive offensive team, but its defense set the tone early during Friday’s game against E.D. White Catholic at the Cane’s Cardinal Classic in Thibodaux.

The Braves held the Cardinals to 11 first half points. E.D. White showed signs of life in the third quarter, but H.L. Bourgeois was too far ahead and took a 51-38 victory over the host Cardinals.

H.L. Bourgeois (13-3 overall) held leads of 12-5 after the first quarter and 27-11 at halftime. In the first half, the Cardinals (6-7) had more turnovers (12) than points (11).

Although the Braves hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points in the first half, H.L. Bourgeois coach Andrew Caillouet credited his team’s tough man defense in the paint for slowing down the Cardinals attack before halftime.

“I think we probably played our most solid defense of the year in the first half,” Caillouet said. “Our game plan was to take away their inside play by shoulder fronting them and trying to take away dribble penetration. I thought we did a good job and played it well. We hit some key shots and shot the ball really well in the first half. It was a good team win.”

In the third quarter, the Cardinals played better on offense. Stephen LeBoeuf made a layup that cut E.D. White’s deficit to 33-22 with 3:43 left in the third.

After Geoffrey Hebert drained two free throws for E.D. White to make it 35-25, H.L. Bourgeois’ Isaac Allridge tossed a pass under the basket to a wide-open Teren Morris, who converted a big three-point play on a layup and free throw that put the Braves ahead 38-25 at the end of the third quarter.

The 10-point deficit (35-25) in the third quarter was the closest the Cardinals would get to catching up with the Braves in the second half.

E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said the Cardinals played with more intensity in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the offensive woes of the first half.

“We played exceptionally well, but their pressure got to us in the first half,” Keife said. “It put us back on our heels, especially on the perimeter. We got aggressive in the second half, but it was a little too late.”

Chris Harris led the Braves with 13 points, while Allridge had 12 points and Morris added six points.

Caillouet said the Braves defense wasn’t as solid in the third quarter, but they had enough offense (7-of-21 3-pointers, 6-of-14 free throws) to get the job done.

“Teren Morris and Chris Harris both hit 3’s in the far corner, and I thought that was key,” Caillouet said. “We weren’t scoring a whole lot, but that gave us breathing room in the third quarter.”

H.L. Bourgeois played without one of its key offensive weapons in Marlin Bonvillain, who Braves coaches said didn’t show up for the game. Caillouet said he didn’t know the reasons for Bonvillain’s absence, but he praised the play of several young players on the team for stepping up and providing big minutes while he was out.

Logan Gravois led the Cardinals (1-of-5 3-pointers, 10-of-17 free throws, 14 turnovers) with nine points, while LeBeouf had eight points and Kaegan Faulk scored six points.

H.L. Bourgeois is set to close its run at the Cane’s Cardinals Classic with a game against Fontainebleau at 4:30 today.

Harris, who hit four of H.L. Bourgeois’ seven 3-pointers, said the Braves wanted to close out the tournament with a perfect record.

“It would be very important going into the District 7-5A chase,” Harris said. “It would bring us confidence so we can get some more wins. It was nice to get a win over E.D. White. We’re just having fun. We worked hard, hustled, played together and we got the victory.”

The third game at the Cane’s Cardinal Classic will feature South Lafourche versus West St. John at 5:30 today.

E.D. White will play the nightcap at 7 tonight against Centerville.

Keife said the Cardinals want to finish the tournament with a 2-1 record, which he added would be a good momentum boost for his young team heading into District 7-3A play.

“We’ve got to be really focused in order to play against a team like H.L. Bourgeois,” Keife said. “They are well-coached and very talented. We’ve got a lot of young kids. Hopefully we’ll learn from this because we going to need that focus heading into district.”



SOUTH LAFOURCHE 71,

CENTERVILLE 35 (BOYS)

At the Cane’s Cardinal Classic, the Tarpons (8-6) opened the game with a 13-0 lead. South Lafourche led 23-10 after the first quarter, 47-23 at halftime and 58-29 at the end of the third quarter.

Shawn Cheramie led the Tarpons with 28 points, and Treavon Evans had 18 points.

Jerome Williams led Centerville (10-9) with 10 points. In the early game at the Cane’s Cardinal Classic on Friday, West St. John defeated Fontainebleau, 68-48.



ST. THOMAS MORE 65.

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 61 (BOYS)

At the Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette, the Terriers (11-4) lost in the semifinals to the host team and will play in the third-place game at 5:30 today.

For Vandebilt on Friday, Lionheart Leslie had 23 points and 15 rebounds, Elijah McGuire had 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal and Tanner Whatley added 10 points.



SOUTH TERREBONNE 61,

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 31 (BOYS)

At the East Ascension Tournament in Gonzales, the Gators got 16 points from Tyrone Smith, 15 points from Patrick Wilson, 11 points from Chandler Arceneaux and 10 points from Jermaine Washington in improving to 2-9 on the season.

Central Lafourche (5-9) got seven points from John Williams.

The Gators play Sulphur at 5:30 today in the tourney, and the Trojans play Destrehan at 4 p.m.



THIBODAUX 44,

AMITE 42 (BOYS)

At the Plaqumeine Tournament, the Tigers improved to 8-7 overall and will play at 7 tonight for the tournament championship. Amite led 17-10 after the first quarter 26-22 at halftime and 40-32 at the end of the third quarter, but Thibodaux held Amite to two points in the fourth quarter.

Trevon Cole led the Tigers with 17 points and Christopher Bryant added nine.



TERREBONNE 72,

WALKER 48 (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine Tournament, the Tigers started on a 12-2 run and cruised to the victory and improved to 8-8. DeShaun Diggs led the Tigers with 20 points, and Devante Ross added 11 points. The Tigers play Family Christian in the event at 4 today.



ST. JAMES 64,

LIVONIA 55 (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine Tournament, the Wildcats won the consolation bracket and improved to 12-3 on the season behind 17 points from Brian Winchester, 14 points from Owen Mumphrey and 10 points from Jarred Wiggins.

St. James led 11-9 after the first quarter, 34-26 at halftime and 46-32 at the end of the third quarter.



NEW IBERIA 52,

HOUMA CHRISTIAN 35 (BOYS)

At the St. Martinville Tournament, the Warriors fell to 5-6 on the season and got 13 points from Keamon Sims and 10 points from Guy Campbell.

Houma Christian trailed 29-17 at halftime and will play in the tournament again at 4:30 today.



SOPHIE B. WRIGHT 70,

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 42 (BOYS)

At the St. Martin’s Tournament in Metairie, the Lions dropped to 8-2 on the season and got 11 points and six rebounds from Rommel Edwards. CCA plays in the tournament again against St. Martin’s at 2 today.



SOCCER

LADY TERRIERS WIN TWO MATCHES

At the Mandeville Tournament, the Lady Terriers picked up victories over Northshore and St. Joseph’s Academy to close the event at 4-0 in their bracket and to improve to 16-2 overall on the season.

In a 2-1 win over Northshore, Grace Champagne scored both goals for the Lady Terriers, while in a 2-0 win over St. Joseph’s, Carly Ellender found the back of the net twice for Vandebilt.

Sarah Comeaux and Maryanne Clark spit time in goal for the Lady Terriers in both matches.



THIBODAUX GIRLS GO 0-1-1

At the Mandeville Tournament, the Lady Tigers fell to Ursuline Academy 6-0 and tied St. Martin’s 1-1 after a goal by Kia Dunbar on Saturday and were without a few of its players because of an illness, including starting goalie Avery Theriot.

Thibodaux plays again in the tourney at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. today.



EDW BOYS MATCHES RAINED OUT

At Lafayette, all action in the St. Landry soccer tournament was washed out on Friday.

The boys soccer team at E.D. White is scheduled to play three matches in the event today with the first starting at 8:30 a.m.



— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.