E.D. White’s boys basketball team staved off a rally from Episcopal to win St. Martin’s Invitational 48-43 on Saturday night in Metairie.
It was a big win for the Cardinals, who improved to 7-0 on the season.
“It’s a special win,” E.D. White coach Jonathan Keife said. “Anytime you can beat somebody like Episcopal, it’s a big win for us going forward. ... It shows we can play with anybody.”
The Cardinals built a 24-12 advantage midway through the second quarter only to see the Knights rally to cut the deficit to 26-22 near the end of the period. Andrew Daigle then came up with a big 3-pointer with 28 seconds remaining to extend the Cardinals’ lead back to seven.
“(That shot) killed their momentum and gave us some going into the locker room,” Keife said. “It helped us catch our breath a little bit at halftime.”
Episcopal (7-2) climbed back to within two points with 6:11 remaining in the game, but Daigle came up with another huge 3-pointer to make it a five-point game. Daigle finished with 13 points to lead the Cardinals of Thibodaux.
Kairon Brooks then salted away E.D. White’s victory by hitting four free throws when the Knights started fouling at the end of the game.
Keife called it a clutch performance by Brooks.
“That’s a big compliment from coach,” Brooks said. “That makes me feel good and gives me more confidence.”
Brooks finished the game with seven points.
Episcopal will next take on Port Barre on Monday. E.D White will host Vandebilt Catholic on Tuesday.
“We’ve got a lot of momentum going up against Vandebilt,” Brooks said. “That’s our rival. We’re feeling good about ourselves and we’re ready to go.”