Up for the challenge: EIHS holds off Bulldogs to move into first-place

East Iberville’s Braylen Dailey and Jayden Redditt battle White Castle’s Samson Westley for a rebound in the Tigers’ 53-50 District 9-1A victory on Tuesday night. 
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ST. GABRIEL – East Iberville jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and held off White Castle for a 53-50 District 9-1A victory on Tuesday night at EIHS's gym in a battle of league unbeatens.

The Tigers (11-10, 6-0) under coach Doug Schultz, also defeated West St. John 49-45 on Friday night to remain undefeated in district play. East Iberville hosted Ascension Catholic on Monday night before hosting Ascension Christian on Friday night and traveling to St. John of Plaquemine on Tuesday.

"It has been about four years since we have been going at it and all the games have been just like this but every time they came out ahead," Schultz said. "Tonight, we just happened to come out ahead. The guys played a great game and luckily we did have a cushion because their guys battled back. It always turns out like this but we held strong. It is a uphill battle all the way but we are up for the challenge."

Frank Broussard led the Tigers with 15 points including four three pointers. Daryl Ingram added 14, Quantae Johnson 13, Tyler James six, Jayden Redditt and Braylen Dailey each two and Javonte Sherman one.

The Bulldogs (12-9, 5-1), under coach Troy Green, rebounded to defeat Ascension Christian 97-23 on Friday night to remain in second-place in standings. White Castle hosted St. John on Monday before traveling to Ascension Catholic on Friday and West St. John on Tuesday.

"Our focus is the next game," Green said. "We take them one day at a time. We wanted this one. It is disappointing but it is over. We dug ourselves in a hole. You just can't afford to make some of those mistakes but I am proud of how we fought back. With a few seconds to go, we could have tied it. That is all you can ask for."

Swayne Edwards led White Castle with 14 points. DeAndre Bellock added 12, Samson Westley 10, Shawn Williams six, Moses Young four, Tyidous Lang three and Tyrie Lang one.

White Castle missed three 3-point attempts in the final 15 seconds that would have tied the contest after chipping away the second half.

Williams scored the Bulldogs first six points but did not score again and did not play most of the second half. Williams cut inside to give White Castle a 6-4 lead after a baseline hop and putback.

Broussard's 3-pointer from the right corner off a loose ball just before the buzzer knotted it up 10-10 going into the second quarter following another trey from the top of the key.

Ingram fed Johnson's jumper off the second quarter opening pass to put East Iberville ahead for good before Broussard pulled up. Ingram's up and under and pull up jumper gave the Tigers a 20-12 lead.

"He is our captain," Schultz said of Ingram. "He has been with me ever since he was a little boy in junior high school playing point guard behind my son, Chris. He knows my offense like the back of his hand. He is quick, deceptive and keeps everything under control. He is the reason we are where we are today."

Broussard answered Edwards' 3-pointer with two of his own from opposite wings before Westley's cut it to 28-18 at the half.

Ingram's crossover and Johnson's layup off a steal pushed to lead to 32-21 to open the third quarter before White Castle answered with Westley's 3-point play and putback and Tyidous Lang's 3-pointer to cut the deficit to five.

But East Iberville closed out the quarter on an 8-4 run that included three assists from Ingram to James, Dailey and Johnson inside to counter Edwards' pull up jumper and Bellock's floater across the lane.

Bellock's dunk off a steal cut it to 43-38 in the fourth quarter but James' inside bucket and Johnson's 18-footer countered. Bellock's putback and floater each cut the deficit to two with under a minute to play.

White Castle jumped out to a 27-10 first quarter lead over Ascension Christian and led 50-13 at the half before taking a 73-15 lead into the final frame.

Young led the Bulldogs with 13 points. Bellock and JaCory Washington each added 12, JaTyre Carter 10, Edwards nine, Williams and Lang each eight, Andre Prevost six, Marcellis Coleman five, Omari Haggens, Byron Pierre and Harold Zachary each four and Westley two.