Noble Scott didn't have one of his best shooting nights.
But the De La Salle junior guard came up big when the Cavaliers needed him most.
Scott buried a 3-pointer from the corner with a minute left that put De La Salle ahead to stay in a thrilling, 68-63 victory over Country Day.
"I hit the one that counted, and that's all that matters," said Scott, whose only other basket was a 3-pointer in the first quarter. "This was a big win for us. Last year, they beat us by a lot in our gym and we had a mindset to come back and beat them in their own gym. We knew this was going to be good competition for us."
The game, pitting two teams ranked in The New Orleans Advocate Super 10 lived up the hype, going back and forth in the second half.
"The fans definitely got their money's worth tonight," De La Salle coach Paul Kelly said. "Both teams fought as hard as they could. It just comes down to whoever makes the most plays down the stretch. I thought in the last two minutes we really defended well."
Country Day had its chances, but didn't score again after Scott's 3-pointer.
"This wasn't one of his better games, but he's a good shooter and he has a big heart and he made the play," Kelly said.
De La Salle, ranked No. 2 in The Super 10, improved to 17-4. Country Day, ranked No. 10, fell to 12-7.
Rodney Munson scored a game-high 18 points for the Cavaliers. He was one of three players in double figures. He was joined by Ahmad Taylor and Deshawn Wright, who scored 10 points each. De La Salle had five players finish with six points each.
"The kids are unbelievably unselfish," Kelly said. "We don't have one star player. We are different from most teams. We just have five guys that commit to one another, and they just compete."
The game seemed as if it might be a rout early on.
De La Salle led by as many as 13 early in the second quarter, thanks to an 11-0 run. Brandon Booth started off the run with a 3-pointer. It was followed up by back-to-back 3-pointers by John Kelly and Rodney Munson and then a layup by Deshawn Wright that gave the Cavaliers a 26-13 lead with 7:10 left in the second quarter.
But De La Salle then went on a five-minute scoring drought, and Country Day trimmed its deficit to 26-21. De La Salle didn't score again until Munson drained a deep-3-pointer with 2:13 left in the quarter. The Cavs led 30-27 at the half.
Country Day took its first lead of the game late in the third on Shawn Royal's shot in the paint on an assist from Justin Ibieta.
Romin Williams led Country Day with 18 points. Christian Kerut had 14 points, and Justin Ibieta finished with 10.
"They were a little tougher down the stretch," Country Day coach Mike McGuire said. "They deserved to win."
McGuire, in his 19th season coaching the Cajuns, was recognized before tip-off for earning his 500th career win in a Tuesday night victory against Ellender. That win total includes three seasons at St. Martin's and two at Destrehan.
Both teams begin district play Tuesday. The Cavaliers host Lusher and the Cajuns host West St. John.