Buzzer-beating layup lifts E.D. White past H.L. Bourgeois


Before Tuesday's game against the H.L. Bourgeois Braves, E.D. White Catholic coach Jonathan Keife talked to his team about execution.

His team responded by executing in the most crucial moment with the game on the line.

Trailing by one, the Cardinals ran a back-door play where Logan Gravois found Connor Chiasson open under the basket, and Chiasson laid it in as time expired for a 40-39 win over the Braves in E.D. White Summer Basketball League action in Thibodaux.

"I thought our offensive execution was really good throughout, all the way down to the buzzer when we executed that final play at the end," Keife said. "They were guarding Connor and Thomas (Clement) real tight, so I knew that was going to leave them susceptible to the back door. I'm just really proud of my kids for the fact they we executed the play. Truthfully, whether the ball went in or not, we executed the play. The fact that it went in is lagniappe. I know (H.L. Bourgeois) Coach (Andrew) Caillouet and his kids are going to learn from it and get better because of it."

It was a back-and-forth contest throughout with ten lead changes and four ties.

With the Cardinals leading by four midway through the first half, the Braves went on an 8-0 run capped by a Matt Mounts (six points) 3-pointer to take a 14-10 advantage with 6:26 to go.

E.D. White answered with a 7-0 run to re-take the lead 17-14 with 4:28 left in the half.

Both teams traded baskets down the stretch with the Braves taking the lead on a D'Aaron Davis layup with 37 seconds left.

Davis scored 10 of his game-high 12 points in the first half.

E.D. White's Jeremy Rounds scored a basket with two seconds left tying the game at 24 heading into halftime.

The second half was just as close the first as neither team would lead by more than three points.

The Braves held a one-point advantage when E.D. White's Thomas Clement found Rounds open a back-door play. The layup gave the Cardinals a 38-37 lead with 1:15 to go.

H.L. Bourgeois answered right back on Takharri Gassery (eight points) layup with 58 seconds left.

After a timeout and trailing 39-38, the Cardinals in-bounded the ball with 8.8 seconds left and executed the back-door play that gave them the victory.

"We played too hard to lose. We beat ourselves," Caillouet said. "We didn't follow instructions in the last timeout. We had two fouls left to give, so they were supposed to foul. The play never happens if we foul. The E.D. White kids made good plays. The bottom line is we fell asleep three times in the last two minutes and gave up lay-ups. I'm not concerned about winning and losing in the summer, but you don't want to give one away either. We have some youth and inexperience, so I hope we can grow from it."

Kevin Johnson along with Chiasson led the Cardinals with 10 points each.

As the summer season winds down, Keife said he likes what he has seen from his team.

"I'm just really impressed. I think this was the best game we played all summer," Keife said. "I'm really proud of them for keeping their focus throughout the end of the summer. The kids have bought into being family and came in with a fresh attitude. They are now being rewarded with having a lot of success. This really gets us excited about the fall."

CENTRAL CATHOLIC–MORGAN CITY 44, TERREBONNE 43

Earlier in Thibodaux, the Eagles escaped with a one-point victory over the Tigers.

Trailing 44-38 with under a minute left, Venjie Wells scored five of his team-high 12 points for the Tigers, but it would not be enough.

With the Eagles leading 13-12 midway through the first half, the Tigers went on a 13-4 run to gain their largest lead of the game, 25-17.

Terrebonne led 27-25 at halftime.

The Tigers led throughout the second half until Brent Green (11 points) capped a 9-1 run with a 3-point play to give the Eagles a 40-37 lead with under five minutes to go.

Central Catholic led by as many as six down the stretch and held on for the win.

Nick Case led the Eagles with 13 points.

Colby Stewart and Jordan Wesley added eight points each for the Tigers.