Junior guard Chris Beckman Jr. hit a 3-pointer in every quarter to help pace Episcopal to a 57-50 victory over Class 4A West Ouachita on Thursday night in the 16th Annual Episcopal Round Robin at Episcopal.
Beckman’s 3-pointer from 24 feet with three minutes remaining in the game put the Knights (4-1) up 49-43 and began a 9-3 run that put the game away.
“That shot by Chris was big and helped snowball us into victory,” EHS coach Chris Beckman Sr. said. “This is the third game where we’ve gotten the big lead and not finished a team off. We did a good job of sharing the ball and had balanced scoring.”
Beckman scored 16 points and hit all four of his free throws in the final minute. Senior guard Spencer Kleinpeter scored all 14 of his points in the first half. Jackson Davis, a 6-foot-4 junior, scored nine of his team-high 17 points in the first half.
Jacob Rowton hit four 3-pointers and scored 17 points to pace West Ouachita (9-3). Saxton Becker added 15 points.
Kleinpeter scored 10 points in the first quarter as the Knights raced to an 18-6 lead. Evan Lawson had two backcourt steals and layups to help EHS extend its lead to 31-16 late in the first half.
Episcopal’s largest lead was 40-21 in the third quarter on a Kevin Tripeaux layup off a Beckman assist. WOHS went on a 13-1 run to open the fourth quarter as EHS had five turnovers in that span.
“I was proud that my guys battled to the end,” West Ouachita coach Josh Brown said. “Episcopal is so well coached and has so many weapons. We dug too big a hole.”
At times, WOHS ran a triangle-and-two defense with individuals assigned to Beckman and Kleinpeter.
In other games, West Ouachita defeated St. John 54-40, Teurlings Catholic topped Baker 64-38 and St. Michael the Archangel beat Runnels 66-36.
Jacob Evans scored 25 for St. Michael, which jumped out to a 17-4 first-quarter lead. Thomas Myers led Runnels with 11 points.
Cole Kelley scored 30 points for Teurlings, which led Baker 26-18 at the half. Junior guard Ronnie Hamilton led Baker with 12 points. Three Baker starters picked up three fouls in the first half.
“Foul trouble hurt us,” Baker coach Raeshawn Williams said. “Games like this will help us in the long run. We’re making strides as team.”
Friday’s four-game schedule includes Runnels vs. West Ouachita at 4 p.m., St. Michael vs. Baker at 5:15 p.m., Covenant Christian vs. Teurlings at 6:30 p.m. and St. John vs. Episcopal at 7:45 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday.