Episcopal senior guard Chris Beckman Jr. took down one school scoring record Monday and is closing in on an impressive career mark.
Beckman hit nine 3-pointers and scored a season-high 36 points to power Episcopal to a 106-38 victory over Catholic-Pointe Coupee in the 44th Episcopal Classic.
Beckman and Andrew Loupe were tied for the previous single game 3-point record with eight. Loupe, a professional golfer who played at EHS from 2003-07, holds the school record with 241 career 3-pointers, 20 more than Beckman.
Beckman was patient in the first quarter and took just one shot and failed to score. He exploded for 14 points in the second quarter and 16 in the third.
“Chris had been struggling with his shot recently, but tonight he really did a good job of settling in and squaring up,” said EHS coach Chris Beckman Sr. “The team did a good job of finding him. We need him to shoot well for us to be successful.”
Episcopal (14-2) also got big games from Kevin Tripeaux (13 points, 10 rebounds, six assists), Cameron Kennedy (12 points) and senior Sam Rotenberg, who posted career highs with 15 points, eight assists and seven steals.
“I thought our defensively intensity in the first quarter was outstanding,” Beckman said. “Sam Rotenberg and Cameron Dumas did a great job on the ball and made steals and started our fastbreak.”
The Knights led 20-5 after one quarter. EHS went on a 19-0 run to start the second quarter as Beckman hit two 3-pointers.
Episcopal led 54-14 at the half and 83-31 after three quarters. Beckman hit two 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter before leaving the game for good. EHS moved Beckman around against Catholic’s 2-3 zone. At times he played the point and his ability to shoot from two steps behind the line really opened the floor.
Troy Pichon, a 6-foot-2 senior, led CHSPC (5-5) with 17 points. Andrew LaCour added nine points and Sam Guidroz seven.
“We didn’t execute at all tonight,” CHSPC coach Joe Neal said. “Chris Beckman can really shoot. We’ve got to play better defense going forward.”
Live Oak 63, Ascension Catholic 48: Four players scored in double figures to power Live Oak (11-6). Joe Bergeron scored 15, John Edwards 14, Ralph Davenport 11 and Cody Fontenot 10 for the Eagles.
Kaleb Winchester scored 20 and Javon Yarbrough 11 for ACHS (2-10).
“We really executed our game plan in the second half,” Live Oak coach Gary Duhe said. “We’re improving. I’m happy with where we are as a team.”
Dunham (13-4) defeated Doyle 54-47 and St. Amant stopped Springfield 58-41 in other games.
There are four games Tuesday in a round robin format. Live Oak tests St. Amant at 3:30 and Doyle faces EHS at 4:45 in games of note.