St. Amant’s Jacob Gauthier nailed two free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining to preserve a 46-42 victory over Dutchtown in the semifinals of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Monday night at EAHS’ gym.


“That is the beauty of our team,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “When you have players that you have confidence in to knock shots down. We had to find other guys to step up and we did. It was a big team win. Dutchtown is playing very well and we had to scratch and claw for everything we could. I am proud of the way we played as a team on the defensive end. Offensively, we struggled a little but we found a way to win.”


St. Amant’s Jacob Gauthier nailed two free throws with 7.9 seconds remaining to preserve a 46-42 victory over Dutchtown in the semifinals of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Monday night at EAHS’ gym.

“That is the beauty of our team,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “When you have players that you have confidence in to knock shots down. We had to find other guys to step up and we did. It was a big team win. Dutchtown is playing very well and we had to scratch and claw for everything we could. I am proud of the way we played as a team on the defensive end. Offensively, we struggled a little but we found a way to win.”

Dutchtown’s Earl Warren made the second of two free throws with 10 seconds remaining but his shot attempt in the closing seconds bounced out and Eddie Lacy’s tip at the buzzer did not find the basket. St. Amant (15-1) defeated Dutchtown 47-39 in the semifinals of the Gold Dome Classic Dec. 5.

“It was anybody’s game to have,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “If a few balls fall here or there, the outcome may have been different. We played hard. The shots that we had just didn’t fall. Give credit to St. Amant. They played just as hard if not harder and winning happened to be the byproduct of that. We are just going to keep working. We can’t reverse the hands of time.”

Gauthier led all scorers with 15 points. Nick Morris contributed 10, while Rashaun Claiborne added nine and Steve Fulkerson provided eight. The Gators’ leading scorer Brandon Morris did not dress.

“Brandon is hurt,” Duhe said. “He can’t play. When he is 100 percent, he is going to play. We are not going to risk it in December. He will not play tomorrow night. We just want to get him well.”

Dutchtown (10-6) was led by Scott Burgess with 10 points. Lacy added nine and Warren and Terrance Cushenberry each had seven.

St. Amant led 32-23 going into the final stanza after Rashaun Claiborne’s drive at the buzzer. Warren’s floater in transition opened the fourth quarter before Gauthier’s put back. Burgess and Morris traded 3-pointers before Lacy’s put back and one. Claiborne’s pass out to Gauthier for a 3-pointer in the right corner put St. Amant ahead 40-31 before Cushenberry’s drive across the lane and one, Lacy’s spin inside and Warren’s lay up off a steal cut it to 41-38 with 1:16 left to play.

Claiborne was called for traveling trying to break Dutchtown’s press before passing to Gauthier inside. Biagas’ free throws cut it to 43-41.

“We were able to create some turnovers off the press,” Hill said. “Anytime the game comes down to the closing moments, the press will most always work for a possession or two. You use it to come back but it just didn’t happen this time.”

A total of just 11 points were scored in the third quarter. Jeff St. Pierre nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner to put St. Amant ahead 28-19 before Burgess’ drive and Mock’s tip.

“They were hand checking and it wasn’t being called,” Duhe said. “We have to get stronger with the basketball. We tried to go a little too fast. We had to do it the old fashion way. Just getting into the middle and keeping the floor spread. We turned it over at the end and allowed them to get closer that we needed too. The key was we only gave up four points in the third quarter and increased our lead. That is big in a game like that where you are not going to have a lot of possessions.”

Fulkerson’s spin put St. Amant ahead 6-2 early before Bruce Mathison fed Morris on the right wing for a 3-pointer. Warren’s drive in transition preceded Fulkerson’s put back before

Cushenberry fed Burgess for a 3-pointer on the left wing and inside to knot it up 11-11. Lacy’s put back at the buzzer knotted it up once more after Claiborne’s pull up jumper.

Lacy opened the second quarter with a put back before Warren fed Mock off a steal to give Dutchtown a 17-13 lead. St. Amant closed out the half on a 8-0 run courtesy of two inside buckets from Gauthier and Morris’ put back to give the Gators a 23-19 half-time lead.