Dutchtown overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat Catholic 56-54 in the third game of the opening day of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Friday night at EAHS’ gym.


“We stuck to the game plan,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “We played like we wanted to play. They came out in the third quarter and took a big lead and somehow we were able to chip back in. The catalyst of us coming back was we kept our composure and Scott (Burgess) hit some 3-pointers he normally doesn’t hit.”


Dutchtown overcame a 15-point third quarter deficit to defeat Catholic 56-54 in the third game of the opening day of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Friday night at EAHS’ gym.

“We stuck to the game plan,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “We played like we wanted to play. They came out in the third quarter and took a big lead and somehow we were able to chip back in. The catalyst of us coming back was we kept our composure and Scott (Burgess) hit some 3-pointers he normally doesn’t hit.”

Catholic led throughout the second and third quarters but Burgess nailed three 3-pointers in the final frame to push Dutchtown over and the Griffins held off the Bears down the stretch. Dutchtown defeated Lutcher, 52-51, in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinals Monday against St. Amant. The winner plays in the championship Tuesday night against the East Ascension - South Lafourche victor.

“I think we are getting our basketball legs right now,” Hill said. “We have been playing a while now. We don’t go deep and we have to learn to play that way. We are who we are.”

Burgess led Dutchtown (10-5) with 20 points. Earl Warren added 19, while Terrance Cushenberry provided seven and Eddie Lacy had five.

Catholic (14-4) was led by Kevin Miller with 18 points. John Darnell provided 14 and Stephen Duhe added 12.

“Truthfully, Dutchtown just played very well tonight,” Catholic head coach Kemper Todd said. “They were on and they were excited and they played very well. We keep playing the game no matter what happens. We just keep playing the game and they played better tonight. Dutchtown took over. We had a shot at the end and it didn’t go in but the credit goes to them and the effort they put in tonight.”

Jordan Biagas’s drive and one with 15.8 seconds’ remaining in the third quarter cut it to 41-38 going into the final frame. Warren passed out to Burgess for a 3-pointer in the left corner to open the fourth quarter and converted a lay up off a steal to give Dutchtown the lead. Miller’s dish to Duhe inside preceded Cushenberry’s baseline drive before Tanner Breaux fed Darnell for a 3-pointer in the left corner. Cushenberry fed Lacy inside before Daniel Nelson’s dish to Darnell in transition gave Catholic their final lead.

Biagas fed Burgess for two 3-pointers on the left wing to give Dutchtown a 53-49 lead before Nelson’s free throws and Kevin Caine’s dish to Duhe in transition. Miller’s drive cut it to 56-54 but Breaux missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have sent it into overtime.

Catholic closed out the first half on a 6-0 run courtesy of Miller’s drive, Duhe’s dish to Caine in transition and Miller’s tip to go ahead 29-21. Warren’s goal tending gave the Bears their biggest lead after Duhe’s putback. Duhe passed out to Darnell for a 3-pointer to open the third quarter before Miller’s inside basket and Burgess drove the left baseline.

“We just tried to lean on them and make contact with them but don’t foul them,” Hill said. “They still got looks at the basket but they started missing some chip shots and we got the rebound.”

Warren scored six consecutive points on drives in transition and free throws before feeding Cushenberry in the right corner for a 3-pointer followed by Lacy’s putback and one that cut it to 39-35 during a 13-1 run.

Burgess and Darnell traded 3-pointers from the left wing to open the contest before Warren’s goal tending on Caine’s lay up off a steal. Warren’s dish to Lyle Mock inside preceded Miller’s pull up in the lane and one. Catholic ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run courtesy of Duhe’s turnaround jumper and Miller’s pull up and dunk off an alley opp from Breaux to give the Bears a 14-6 lead.

Caine’s turnaround jumper opened the second frame before Warren’s drive and spin in transition. Warren’s baseline drive cut it to 17-15 before Breaux’s 19-footer and Duhe’s spin inside.

Cushenberry floated across the lane and Warren’s put back and one cut it to 23-21 after Caine fed Duhe in transition.