Cardinals lose thriller in overtime


E.D. White's Geoffrey Hebert dribbles the ball against a Centerville defender Saturday in Thibodaux. (Photo by Chris Heller/Staff)


The Centerville Bulldogs erased a double-digit deficit in the final minutes of regulation and used four foul shots in overtime to cap a stunning 55-51 come-from-behind victory over E.D. White Catholic on the final day of the 2012 Cane's Cardinal Classic on Saturday night from Thibodaux.

Jumangi Washington had 19 points for Centerville and Zacchaeus Jackson had 14 points in the victory for the Bulldogs, who ended the game on a 16-0 run.

The Bulldogs did it by turning up the pressure on defense and taking advantage of some key turnovers by E.D. White down the stretch.

"We mixed up some half-court traps, and the intensity was there," Centerville coach Randy Bergeron said. "Offensively, we made some huge shots, secured some loose balls and forced some turnovers. It's a game of momentum, and we got the momentum there at the end of regulation."

After trailing by 13 at one point in the fourth quarter, Centerville (11-9 overall) cut the lead to four at 51-47 with just under 2 minutes to play, and then made it a two-point game when Washington hit two foul shots.

Washington was actually shooting three foul shots after drawing a whistle on a 3-point attempt but would miss the final foul shot. E.D. White got the rebound, then Rodrick Harris alertly stole the inbound pass and hit a layup to tie the game at 51 with 49.7 seconds to play in the fourth, capping a 12-0 run to end regulation.

E.D. White had the ball with a chance for the victory in the final seconds of regulation, but Bruce Williams passed on what looked to be an open shot and the game headed to overtime.

While Centerville didn't make a field goal in overtime, the Bulldogs got two foul shots from Washington and one apiece from Harris and Juwon Thomas to secure the victory.

Logan Gravois had 18 points to lead the Cardinals, who failed to score in the final six-plus minutes of the game after missing some foul shots in overtime.

"I've been coaching basketball a long time and have never seen that happen to one of my teams before," E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said. "Our guards made some bad decisions coming down the stretch. We had some guys on the free-throw line that didn't knock down free throws, and (Centerville) capitalized on everything."

E.D. White (6-8) had double-digit leads throughout the game and never led by fewer than seven points for much of the second half until the Bulldogs started their run.

What looked at one point like an insurmountable lead for E.D. White suddenly turned into a nightmare — all seemingly in a matter of seconds.

"(Centerville) scored on just about every possession down the stretch, and that's how comebacks like that happen I guess," Keife said. "It was just some real poor decisions by us and a combination of them being productive on the offensive end. We really didn't get a lot of stops because we were putting them on the line or they were scoring (from the field). When you put those two aspects together, it makes for a tremendous comeback by them."

Jerome Williams added nine points for Centerville.

E.D. White led 13-8 after the first quarter and 34-21 at halftime. The Cardinals managed just five points for much of the third quarter until Williams launched a 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the period to help E.D. White to a 42-30 lead after three quarters.

 

H.L. BOURGEOIS 77,

FONTAINEBLEAU 51 (BOYS)

At the Cane's Cardinal Classic, in the first game of the day Saturday, Dominique Price led the Braves (14-3 overall) with 16 points and Isaiah Van Buren and Isaac Allridge each added 11 points. Colin Buttone led Fontainebleau (2-13) with 20 points. H.L. Bourgeois led 23-15 after the first quarter, 38-25 at halftime and 58-35 after the third quarter.

 

SOUTH LAFOURCHE 55,

WEST ST. JOHN 33 (BOYS)

At the Cardinal Classic, in the second game of the day on Saturday, the Tarpons got 16 points each from Treavon Evans and Silas Griffin and 13 points from Wilbert Rhodes to improve to 9-6 on the season.

The Tarpons led 18-6 after the first quarter, 30-17 at halftime and 42-28 at the end of three quarters.

 

ST. AUGUSTINE 68,

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 51 (BOYS)

At the Sunkist Shootout in Lafayette, the Terriers (11-4) finished fourth in the tournament and got 23 points and six rebounds from Lionheart Leslie and 19 points, five rebounds and six assists from Elijah McGuire. Both players were named to the all-tournament team.

 

PLAQUEMINE 48,

THIBODAUX 43 (BOYS)

At the Plaqumeine Tournament, the Tigers fell to 9-7 and took the runner-up title at the tourney. Plaquemine led 14-10 after the first quarter, 24-15 at halftime and 31-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Trevon Cole led the Tigers with 11 points.

 

FAMILY CHRISTIAN 66

TERREBONNE 49, (BOYS)

At the Plaquemine Tournament, the Tigers fell to 8-9 overall with the loss.

 

DESTREHAN 59,

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 47 (BOYS)

At the East Ascension Tournament in Gonzales, the Trojans got 24 points from John Williams and 10 points from Joshua Johnson in falling to 5-10 on the season.

 

SULPHUR 42,

SOUTH TERREBONNE 37 (BOYS)

At the East Ascension Tournament in Gonzales, the Gators fell to 2-10 on the season and got 11 points from Rodney Carvin and 10 points from Patrick Wilson, who was named to the all-tournament team.

 

ST. MARTIN'S 61,

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 47 (BOYS)

At the St. Martin's Tournament in Metairie, the Lions fell to 8-3 on the season and got 15 points from Dantren Williams and 11 points from Brandon Woods.

 

VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 54,

VERMILION CATHOLIC 35 (GIRLS)

At the Vermilion Catholic Tournament in Abbeville, the Lady Terriers won the tournament behind 18 points from Shakira Harding and 10 points each from Cassidy Barrios and Sade' Murrell.

Vandebilt (15-3) trailed 11-6 after the first quarter, led 24-21 at halftime and led 39-27 at the end of the third quarter. Harding was named the tournament MVP and Vandebilt's Lacie LeBlanc was also named to the all-tournament team.

 

TERREBONNE 44,

WESTGATE 42 (GIRLS)

At the Central Catholic Tournament in Morgan City, the Lady Tigers improved to 10-8 on the season and got 16 points from Darian Dees and 10 points each from Roynisha James and Waneka Robinson.

 

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 62,

ELLENDER 41 (GIRLS)

At the Central Catholic Tournament, the Lady Patriots trailed 29-19 at halftime and fell to 9-4 on the season. They got 15 points from Sky Jasper and 11 points from Amari Banks. Central Catholic improved to 10-4.

 

SALMEN 82.

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 20 (GIRLS)

At the Haynes Tournament in Metairie, the Lady Trojans fell to 10-5 on the season and Salmen improved to 11-1.

 

THOMAS JEFFERSON 55,

COVENANT CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 18 (GIRLS)

At the Haynes Tournament in Metairie, the Lady Lions got eight points from Moriah Trujillo in the loss.

 

SOCCER

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC BOYS WIN ST. LANDRY WINTER CUP

At Lafayette, the E.D. White Catholic boys soccer team won four matches on Saturday to take home the St. Landry Winter Cup title after going 4-0 at the event.

The Cardinals (12-4-3) outscored their opponents 15-2 in the tourney and got two clean-sheet victories and two wins in goal from B.J. Gros. In the title match against Bolton, Colby Masse and Allen Frost each scored first-half goals to help E.D. White take the championship. E.D. White also topped Westgate (1-0), Opelousas Catholic (7-1) and Menard (5-0) in the tournament.

 

H.L. BOURGEOIS 2,

MORGAN CITY 1 (BOYS)

At Morgan City, the Braves picked up the nondistirct victory on Saturday.

 

H.L. BOURGEOIS 1,

MORGAN CITY 1 (GIRLS)

At Morgan City, the Lady Braves moved to 7-3-2 after the nondistrict draw. Cassie Becnel scored the lone goal for the Lady Braves, and Ruth Gautreaux played in goal. The Lady Braves led 1-0 at halftime.

 

— Compiled by sports writer Kelly McElroy.