EDW tops Ellender, 47-46, in summer hoops

When the Ellender High School Patriots boys basketball team faced off against E.D. White Catholic in summer league action on Wednesday night in Thibodaux, it did so with five players.

The shorthanded Patriots refused to allow their lack of depth to hinder though and the game went down to the buzzer with Ellender coming up just short, 47-46.

With Ellender holding on to a one-point lead thanks to a Leland Alexander 3-pointer, E.D. White milked the clock and saw Mason Perque converting on a medium-range jumper to give his team the lead with 22 seconds left.

On its final possession, Ellender point guard Eric Welch chose to dish the ball away instead of drive the paint. Rontrell Hill’s bonus ball as the horn sounded fell short preserving E.D. White’s hard-fought victory.

During a furious stretch late in regulation, Welch scored half of his 16 points to put his team back in the contest.

“He was tired, and I think he started to doubt himself a little bit,” Ellender coach Hosea Chatman said. “That’s why he ended up giving the ball up. The first thing he said when he came over after the game was over was ‘I should’ve kept the ball.’”

E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said he was impressed by the fight Ellender showed with five players trailing by eight points late in the game.

“They had every reason in the world to let the game get away from them there (down 41-33 with 6:30 left),” he said. “You have to credit those guys for battling through that and battling back. It really just came down to us making one more play than them to win the game.”

After jumping in front 8-2 in the opening 5 minutes, Ellender went on a 7-0 run to take a 9-8 lead.

The rest of the first half saw the teams tied up on four separate occasions. Thanks to a pair of Jeremy Hamilton baskets in the final 2 minutes, E.D. White took a 25-22 lead into halftime.

With the score tied at 31, E.D. White went on a 10-2 run to gain an eight-point advantage. A 10-1 run by Ellender eventually gave it a 43-42 lead with 2:14 left.

Ellender’s Davon Lewis led the Patriots with 18 points, while E.D. White’s Logan Gravois led the Cardinals with 11 points. 



Terrebonne’s comeback attempt came up a little short.

The Tigers erased a 32-20 deficit with 10 minutes remaining on the strength of an 11-2 run to make it 34-31 at the 2:07 mark of the second half.

With the score standing at 36-33 in H.L. Bourgeois’ favor, the Braves missed a couple of free throws.

However, the Tigers couldn’t capitalize down the stretch despite making a furious rally fueled by a full-court press.

Terrebonne jumped out in front 10-6 in the early minutes only to see H.L. Bourgeois make an 11-1 run to take a 17-11 advantage. The final basket came on a D’Aaron Davis layup with 4:18 left in the first half.

H.L. Bourgeois entered the second half holding a 23-18 edge.

Leading the way for Terrebonne was Venjie Wallis with 10 points. Desean Walker led H.L. Bourgeois with 10 points.