Unfinished business: White Castle drops Tigers to finish 8-1A play undefeated

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle's Moses Young and Samson Westley battle East Iberville's Tyler James for a rebound in the Bulldogs' 61-45 District 8-1A victory on Friday night. Westley had 11 points, Young 10 and James nine. 
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ST. GABRIEL - White Castle High School closed out the first quarter on an 8-0 run and never looked back on the way to a 61-45 District 8-1A victory over East Iberville on Friday night at EIHS’ gym.

The Bulldogs (16-11), under coach Troy Green, wrapped up the league title undefeated and are currently on an 11-game winning streak. LHSAA playoff brackets will be released Monday. As of Tuesday, the Bulldogs were No. 10 in unofficial Class 1A power ratings.

“We had a bad taste in our mouth from last year when they beat us in district and one of our goals this year was to finish the second season undefeated,” Green said. “We are happy that we won but we made it real clear to those kids in the locker room that the season that matters is coming up and we have unfinished business.

“Every time we play East Iberville anywhere, it is always a dog fight. We just had to come out, stay focused and play good, disciplined basketball.”

The Tigers (12-15, 6-4), under coach Doug Schultz, host Jehovah-Jireh in the season finale on Friday. East Iberville is currently No. 24 in unofficial power rankings.

“We hung in with them earlier in the year but it was so hyped here that we got out of the game early,” Schultz said. “His guys are a little more experienced than ours and it showed.

“We have been in this position before and have a lot to look forward to. Some of these guys have never been on the road before and we have a chance to do some good things.”

Swayne Edwards led White Castle with 14 points. Samson Westley added 11, Moses Young 10, Ja’Tyre Carter seven, JaCorey Washington and Byron Pierre each six, Tyidous Lang four, Orthello Batiste two and Harold Zachary one.

Quantae Johnson and Kylen Popular each had 11 to lead East Iberville. Tyler James added nine, Khris Grace eight, Kedrick Oubre four and Jachai Scott two.

Popular’s 3-point play opened the contest and Johnson’s 3-pointer from the righter corner put East Iberville ahead 8-5 but the Bulldogs led 13-8 going into the second quarter following Washington’s pull up jumper off a steal.

Westley’s 3-pointer from the right wing opened the second quarter before James’ inside spin cut the deficit to 18-15 after jumpers by Johnson and Popular.

But White Castle again closed out the quarter strong on a 15-4 run kickstarted by Carter’s pull up jumper from the free throw line. Young’s bucket just before the buzzer gave the Bulldogs a 33-19 halftime lead following Edwards’ 3-pointer from the left wing.

Carter’s putback pushed the lead to 20 early in the third quarter but Oubre’s putback cut it to 41-29 following Popular’s 3-point play and James’ inside bucket. Edwards fed Young again just before the buzzer to give the Bulldogs a 46-31 lead going into the fourth quarter after Johnson drove coast to coast.

Johnson and Scott each converted transition baskets to open the fourth but Westley and Edwards answered before Grace’s drive cut it to 51-39.

Edwards’ free throws reflected the final tally after Young converted off a steal. Popular and James each scored down the stretch to keep pace for the Tigers.