Cardinals hold off Tarpons at EDW hoops fest

Just as the E.D. White Cardinals appeared to pull away, the South Lafourche Tarpons battled back.

That was the recurring theme of the first-day action at the E.D. White Capital One Hoops Fest on Friday.

Both teams played even basketball in the first half, with the Cardinals commanding a 15-14 lead, but an early 7-0 second half Cardinal run ended up being the difference. E.D. White fended off a late Tarpon rally to pick up a 38-35 win.

It was the third game of the day for both teams and although tired, E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife was pleased with the resiliency his team showed on the floor.

"I think we are headed in a very good direction," Keife said. "The guys have really bought into what we are trying to do as a team. They are pulling together and encouraging one another. We had a few steps backwards but for the most part we are really progressing well. We have come a long way in three weeks and we are hoping that can continue."

After the Tarpons opened the second half with a bucket to take a 16-15 lead, the Cardinals responded with a 5-0 run sparked by a Logan Gravois three to take the 20-16 lead.

After Silas Griffin (14 points) closed the gap to 20-18 with a bucket, the Cardinals used the 7-0 run sparked by a Jeremy Pounds (nine points) 3-pointer to pull away 27-18.

However, the young Tarpons refused to give in, responding with a pair of runs of their own to put themselves back in the game.

After the two teams traded a series of buckets, the Tarpons eventually used a 4-0 run to close the gap to 33-28 following a Griffin free throw.

The Cardinals used a bucket by Pounds and free throw by Gravois to take a 36-28 lead before a 5-0 Tarpon run, capped off by a Justin Toups 3-pointer, pulled the Tarpons within three at 36-33 with under one minute to play.

Kevin Johnson nailed two free throws to pull the Cardinals up five before Trevor Rebstock's basket gave South Lafourche the final bucket of the night.

South Lafourche coach Brian Callais was pleased with his team's efforts as they fought off the effects of playing three games in one day.

"We were able to play a lot of young kids to give them some experience, that's the main thing right now," Callais said. "We don't have much experience right now but we competed. It was our third game today and they were tired, it showed towards the end but this was a great thing for us. Giving our kids varsity experience and being able to run our system will pay off for us down the road."

The camp resumes today at E.D. White with both the Cardinals and Tarpons playing three more teams that they haven't typically played in the summer.

It's an experience Keife hopes pays dividends for his team in the fall.

"We've been able to play a lot of people this summer and I think that helps," he said. "I think it's only going to make us better in the long run to be able to play multiple people and not have a drop off."

Other scores from Friday's action at the E.D. White Summer Hoops fest were East Jefferson over Ellender, 66-36, Jesuit over South Lafourche, 42-41, E.D. White over Ellender, 44-42, West Jefferson over H.L. Bourgeois, 59-29, H.L. Bourgeois over Houma Christian, 40-34, E.D. White over St. Charles Catholic, 43-24, Central Catholic over St. Charles Catholic, 48-15, East Jefferson over South Lafourche, 54-18, Karr over Terrebonne, 48-28, Jesuit over St. Thomas Aquinas, 54-34, Central Catholic over Houma Christian, 57-20, Karr over St. Thomas Aquinas, 57-48, Terrebonne over St. Charles Catholic, 61-23, H.L. Bourgeois over St. Thomas Aquinas, 52-47, Jesuit over Karr, 51-47 and Terrebonne over Houma Christian, 50-38.

The first games scheduled for today will start at 10 this morning, and the last games will start at 6 tonight.