Thursday, December 3, 2009

Houma/Thibodaux Area Report: Last-second shot lifts E.D. White past Trojans

E.D. White Catholic’s Cody Bourgeois (right) shoots
over Central Lafourche’s Gerren Jefferson as
Davon Anderson looks on during Wednesday
night’s game at the Cardinal Classic in Thibodaux.

Teddy Renois
Staff Writer
Daily Comet

THIBODAUX — E.D. White Catholic’s Philip Lyons had no choice.

With the Cardinals trailing by a point, Lyons found himself just inside the 3-point arc heavily defended by Central Lafourche and with the final seconds ticking away. With no other option, Lyons threw up a desperation shot that hit the backboard, bounced around the rim and somehow found the bottom of the net as the buzzer sounded.

Lyons shot turned a certain Cardinals defeat into victory as E.D. White beat Central Lafourche, 59-58, in Wednesday’s nightcap at E.D. White’s Cardinal Classic Basketball Tournament.

E.D. White advanced to the winner’s bracket and will play Gulfport (Miss.) at noon Saturday in the Cardinals old gym. Gulfport was an 89-33 winner of West St. John. The Trojans fall to the loser and will play West St. John at 7:30 tonight in the new E.D. White gym.

In the top half of the bracket, South Lafourche defeated Grace King, 47-43, and will play East Jefferson at noon Saturday in the new gym. East Jefferson defeated Morgan City, 57-46. Morgan City will play Grace King at 6 tonight in a loser’s bracket game in the new gym.

The final shot wasn’t exactly how E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife drew it up, but he’ll take it.

“I thought it was a great ball game and it was a great way to open up our old gym again,” Keife said. “I guess the magic is still here in our old gym. We just showed some mental toughness even though we lost our poise at the end. But we stuck to it and Philip, who didn’t play his best game, came through.”

E.D. White played the entire 2008-09 season without a gym due to damage done by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

The Cardinals (3-1 overall) seemed to have the game in control midway through the fourth quarter. Lyons (22 points) scored back-to-back baskets to put E.D. White up 50-44 with 4:05 left to play.

From that point on, the Trojans turned up the defense forcing the Cardinals into mistakes.

Central Lafourche took advantage of the mistakes converting them into easy baskets. Those easy baskets led to an 8-2 run by the Trojans tying the game at 52.

The Trojans regained the lead when Gerren Jefferson (18 points) converted two steals into baskets for a 56-52 lead with 1:27 to play.

Leading 58-57, Central Lafourche’s Dustin Arceneaux missed the front end of a one-and-one with 17 seconds remaining. That is when the Cardinals were scrambling on offense and the ball eventually reached Lyons for the game-winning shot.

“Central Lafourche did a good job of shutting down our set and the ball wasn’t even supposed to go the Philip, but sometimes the basketball gods are on your side,” Keife said. “We were very fortunate to win.”

E.D. White led 18-14 after the first quarter and 27-26 at halftime. The teams were tied at 41 to start the fourth quarter.

Charlie Bourgeois and Cody Bourgeois each scored 10 points for E.D. White. For Central Lafourche, Davon Anderson scored 10 points.

Central coach Brett Smith was not available for comment. He and his team left the gym right after the game.


At Thibodaux, South Lafourche built an early lead but had to hold off Grace King in the second game of Wednesday’s Cardinal Classic.

The Tarpons (1-3) held a 19-7 first-quarter lead. South Lafourche held its advantage in the second quarter taking a 27-14 lead into halftime.

Grace King started to chip away at the Tarpons, outscoring South Lafourche 13-9 in the third quarter to trail 36-27.

Grace King continued to cut into the lead taking the fourth quarter 16-11, but it wasn’t enough to overtake South Lafourche.

Cameron Esponge and Caden Cheramie each finished with eight points, and Jeffery Badeaux scored seven for the Tarpons.

At Thibodaux, East Jefferson outscored Morgan City 19-11 in the second quarter for a 29-26 halftime lead and never trailed again in the third game of Wednesday’s Cardinal Classic.

The Warriors held off any rally by Morgan City by outscoring the Tigers 28-20 in the second half.

Jacobie Brown scored 12 points for Morgan City.


At Thibodaux, Gulfport exploded to a 20-7 first-quarter lead and never looked back in the first game of Wednesday’s Cardinal Classic.

Gulfport extended its lead to 49-11 at halftime and 64-25 after the third quarter. Gulfport finished the game by outscoring West St. John 25-8 in the fourth quarter.


At Marrero, Trevon Lewis scored 19 points and Kardero Dixon added 13 points as the Patriots opened the CYO Tournament with a win.

Ellender (5-1) led 14-7 after the first quarter, 31-20 at halftime and 50-26 after the third quarter.

The Patriots return to action in the event at 7:30 tonight against Hahnville.


At Brusly, Assumption squandered a first-half lead as Port Allen rallied to win at the Brusly Tournament on Wednesday.

Assumption (4-4) led 19-11 after the first quarter and held a 36-28 halftime advantage.

Port Allen, however, climbed back into the game, outscoring Assumption 24-15 in the third quarter to lead 52-51. The score remained close throughout the fourth quarter. Port Allen held on as the teams each scored 17 points in the final quarter.

Andreaus Sargent scored 22 points for Assumption, while Kaven Bernard had 19 and Aaron Ester finished with 14.

Courtesy of the Daily Comet

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