Strong finish lifts Terrebonne past Cardinals

E.D. White Catholic started strong, but Terrebonne finished stronger as the Tigers took a 44-29 win in the E.D. White Summer Basketball League on Thursday.

The Cardinals jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead when Terrebonne began chipping away. Justin Theriot (aiz points) stole the ball and drove home for a layup twice in a row as Terrebonne tied the game at 19 at halftime.

"It's been this way every game," Terrebonne coach Derek Szush said. "We've got to figure out a way to start a little better. That's six games we play in this league, and every one has been just like this. We struggle to score in the first 10 minutes, then they start to get more aggressive and find their way to the basket. We went to a straight man to man defense with about five minutes left in the first half, and that seemed to get us going."

The Tigers really got going in the second half, opening with an 8-0 run and outscoring the Cardinals 25-10. Back-to-back jumpers from Keyshaun George made it 27-19 before E.D. White managed to hit a free throw. Two layups and a Benji Wallace 3-pointer made it 34-21.

"We didn't execute at all. I think Terrebonne played better in the second half," E.D. White coach Jonathan Kieffe said. "They didn't play very well in the first half, and that's why it was tied. Terrebonne made some adjustments, and we didn't. It was very disappointing. We didn't execute in any phase of the game after playing so well the last few weeks. We took a couple of steps back."

George led Terrebonne with eight points.

Logan Gravois led the Cardinals with nine points.


At Thibodaux, incoming freshman Devontavian Martin stole the show with 25 points as Ellender overcame a big first half Central Catholic lead.

"He's special," Ellender coach Cornell Scott said. "I'm really just trying to get him acclimated to the varsity level. But he can come in and take over a game."

Central Catholic started the game on a 19-6 run and led 29-22 at halftime.

That's when Martin took over. The freshman dominated at the rim, dunking twice as the Patriots went on their own 19-6 run to start the second half. Martin's putback gave Ellender their first lead at 34-33. Martin went on to score the next seven points as Ellender ran their lead to 41-35.

"We weren't doing anything on defense early," Scott said. "But we just settled down, got into a good zone and made them have to shoot. Once we started to limit them to one shot, we started to get into a groove. We started getting rebounds, and that made it really easy to get back into the game."