Senior point guard leads Cardinals past Eagles


Summer league basketball is a place where young players learn, and experienced players sharpen their skills.

During E.D. White Catholic's 37-27 win over Central Catholic of Morgan City, newbies and veterans went through the paces, and it was fairly easy to distinguish one from the other.

Take for instance E.D. White's senior point guard Connor Chiasson.

Along with scoring 10 points, the elder Cardinal did what he always does, whether that is dishing out assists, diving head first for loose balls or coaching up his teammates.

"With him, I feel like I have another coach out there on the floor," E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said. "I don't take it for granted because I know what he means to this team. He's playing well this summer, and I just can't say enough good things about him. The most important thing with him is for as a good a player is he is on the court, he's an even better person off it."

Behind the strength of a Chiasson 3-pointer, E.D. White jumped out to take an early 8-3 lead.

Later on, after Stefano Guarisco converted a steal into a layup to make it 13-7 with 9:06 remaining, E.D. White closed out the half by going on a 7-0 run.

Holding a 20-7 lead, the Cardinals eventually built their lead to 27-11 on a Kevin Johnson bucket with 15:41 left.

Not to be out done, Central Catholic went on a 12-2 run to make it a 29-23 game at the 7:54 mark.

The Cardinals maintained their poise down the stretch to prevail by a 10-point margin.

"They (Central Catholic) will force you to finish the ball game because they are so well coached and they never give up," Keife said. "We needed to do the things tonight to win because they weren't just going to hand it to us. I was proud of our guys for doing that because I feel like we did finish the game strong."

E.D. White's Andrew Daigle led the way in scoring with 11 points, while Central Catholic's Guarisco poured in 13.

H.L. BOURGEOIS 52, VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 47

The Braves overcame their woes from the free throw line to best Vandebilt in the first game.

Despite converting on only 11-of-24 attempts at the charity stripe, H.L. Bourgeois was able to fend off the Terriers on its way to posting a 5-point victory.

The first half saw both teams trading leads before Vandebilt eventually took a 25-23 advantage into the break thanks to a half-court shot at the buzzer.

The Terriers held a 44-40 edge with only 2:46 left, but H.L. Bourgeois ended the game by going on a 12-3 run aided by a pair of layups and a few timely free throws.

Leading the way on the scoring front for H.L. Bourgeois was Chance Gasery, who finished with a game-high 17 points.

Payton Barrios was the only Terrier to record double figures with 10 points.