South Terrebonne pulls away from E.D. White


South Terrebonne’s Gavin Hebert (3) dribbles past E.D. White Catholic’s Connor Chiasson during Monday’s game at the Raising Cane’s Cardinal Classic in Thibodaux. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)


After a closely contested first half, the South Terrebonne Gators found their rhythm in the third quarter of Monday night's game against E.D. White Catholic.

The Gators used a stout defense and transition baskets to build a commanding 16-point lead. They survived a late E.D. White rally for a 56-43 victory to finish the 2013 Raisin' Cane's Cardinal Classic.

"I don't know if this was our most impressive win, but it was one of the better games we played this year," South Terrebonne head coach David Neal said. "It's always good to be a good ball club at their own gym."

"We couldn't buy a basket. I was a little disappointed in how we handled that. It really affected us mentally," E.D. White head coach Jonathan Keife said. "I thought it was immature on our part that we didn't adjust to that."

Both teams were sluggish in the opening half. Jermaine Washington (17 points) was only consistent offense for the Gators, getting inside position on layups and scoring five of their six first quarter points.

Logan Gravois (26 points), wearing the No. 33 jersey of Leukemia-stricken teammate Bradley Hamilton, got all five of E.D. White's first-quarter points, including a three-point play.

The game was tied three times in the second period. Despite Gators leading scorer Gavin Hebert (18 points) picking up his third foul before halftime, South Terrebonne took a 14-12 lead into intermission on Courtland Washington's lone bucket.

"When (Hebert) went out of the game with his third foul, and we were down two at the half, I knew we were in trouble because we couldn't capitalize on that," Keife said. "I knew that was going to come back and haunt us."

South Terrebonne (5-6 overall) turned up their defensive effort in the third quarter. The resulting Cardinal turnovers allowed Hebert to penetrate to the rim for layups or draw fouls to get to the free throw line. Meanwhile, Washington and Chandler Arceneaux (five points) controlled the paint, sparking a 20-6 Gators run to put them ahead 34-18 near the end of the period.

"I felt that our defense was consistent the entire night, but we applied better pressure in the second half. We also did a good job of limiting E.D. White to one shot," Neal said. "We played well on both ends of the court. We ran our patterns, and we got the ball to the open player."

E.D. White (8-5) responded with a 17-4 streak of its own to pull within three points at 38-35 midway through the fourth quarter. Gravois scored 12 straight to begin the run, which included a pair of three pointers.

"We changed some things offensively and put a little more aggressive perimeter-oriented lineup out there," Keife said. "At the four minute mark I thought were going to win the basketball game. There was no doubt in my mind I thought were going to win."

However, the Gators regained their composure. Rodney Carvin (seven points) got a big three-point play to push the lead back to double digits, and Hebert was clutch at the free throw line down the stretch.

"Foul shots have been haunting us all year," Neal said. "It was great to see us finally knock them down to win a game."

Both coaches believed their teams learned valuable lessons from the three-day tournament that they can take into 2014.

"I think they realize if we execute the things that we practice, we can always make the right adjustment during the game," Neal said. "I think our players are starting to learn that more and more."

"When our shots aren't falling, it can't affect us. We have to show maturity out there," Keife said. "I know there's going to be another game this year where our shots are not falling. We have to have guys who are going to change their mentality and find another way to help the team out."

H.L. BOURGEOIS 62, TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 51 (BOYS)

At the Cane's Cardinal Classic, the Braves (11-5 overall) erased an eight-point first-quarter deficit by scoring 12 straight in the second period en route to victory.

Marlin Bonvillain had 19 points to spark the comeback along with 11 from Takharri Gasery. The Rebels (10-6 overall) were led by Ike Hidalgo with 16 points and Cole Kelley with 14 points.

Teurlings led 16-8 after the first quarter; Bourgeois went up 35-30 at halftime and 47-40 after three quarters.

CENTRAL CATHOLIC 48, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 42 (BOYS)

At the Cane's Cardinal Classic, the Tarpons (6-7 overall) staked a nine-point advantage in the first quarter.

The Eagles (5-6 overall) whittled the down the deficit until in the fourth quarter Stefano Guarisco (11 points) hit the game-tying three and Tyler Hoffpauir (21 points) gave them the lead for good with a three pointer.

Silas Griffin and Justin Toups led the Tarpons with 11 and 10 points respectively.

South Lafourche led 14-5 after the first quarter, 21-19 at halftime and 29-28 after three quarters.

WEST ST. JOHN 45, TERREBONNE 40 (BOYS)

At the Cane's Cardinal Classic, the Tigers (5-12 overall) held an eight-point third quarter advantage after making three consecutive three pointers. Then Terrebonne went cold from the floor, and West St. John (2-4 overall) answered with a 14-2 streak to take the lead for good.

Morell Bartholew led the Rams rally with 16 points, followed by 12 from Jordan Hamilton. Da'Vaughn Gauno had 13 points for the Tigers, along with 10 from Raikwon Fluker.

Terrebonne led 8-6 after the first quarter, 16-15 at halftime, and 27-25 after three quarters.

NORTH VERMILLION 61,  LUTCHER 54 (BOYS)

At the Cane's Cardinal Classic, the Patriots (8-3 overall) broke open a close game with an 11-1 run to begin the fourth quarter.

Mike Bessard and Nic Cooper led North Vermillion with 15 and 14 points respectively. The Bulldogs (9-7 overall) were headed by Jaylon Wingate with 20 points and Brendon Taylor with 15.

North Vermillion led 10-9 after the first quarter; Luther was up 23-21 at halftime, and the Patriots were ahead 39-36 after three quarters.