South Lafourche’s Cameron Esponge buried the final of three free throws after being fouled with no time remaining to deliver the Tarpons a 44-43 win over Dutchtown for third-place honors in the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Tuesday night at EAHS’ gym.


“It wasn’t just that foul,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “It was bad execution, period. We thought we could win.”


South Lafourche’s Cameron Esponge buried the final of three free throws after being fouled with no time remaining to deliver the Tarpons a 44-43 win over Dutchtown for third-place honors in the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Tuesday night at EAHS’ gym.

“It wasn’t just that foul,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “It was bad execution, period. We thought we could win.”

Jordan Biagas fed Eddie Lacy off Scott Burgess’ save to knot it up 43-43 with 4.9 seconds remaining before Esponge was fouled by Earl Warren on a 3-point attempt as the buzzer sounded. The first two free throws rimmed out, before the third won the game.

Burgess led all scorers with 19 points, while Warren added 12.

South Lafourche (18-1) was led by Esponge’s 12. Josh Badeaux, Brennan Callais and Ryan Leday each added eight.

Esponge fed Badeaux off a steal to open the third quarter and give the Tarpons a 26-19 advantage, the biggest of the game. Warren’s transition buckets, the later a dunk, preceded those of Badeaux and Lacy. Burgess’ drive and free throws cut it to 32-31 going into the final stanza after Leday’s spin.

The final quarter saw five lead changes and four ties. Warren fed Burgess on the left wing for a 3-pointer to open the frame before Callais’ baseline drive put South Lafourche ahead. Lacy and Warren’s drive regained the lead for Dutchtown  (10-7) before Badeaux’s put back.

Burgess’ drive and one preceded Esponge’s drive with 53.2 seconds remaining. Leday hit his second free throw but Badeaux missed two with 19 seconds left leaving the door open.

South Lafourche nailed seven 3-pointers in the first half opening the contest with treys from Rusty

Borne and Esponge. Burgess fed Lyle Mock inside to get Dutchtown on the board before Warren’s drive. Esponge then fed Caden Cheramie for a 3-pointer on the left wing before Burgess’ floater, free throws and 3-pointer from the left wing put Dutchtown ahead. Callais’ trey from the right wing cut it to 13-12 going into the second quarter after Terrance Cushenberry’s putback.

Cushenberry fed Lacy inside to open the second frame before Esponge’s 3-pointers near the top of the key sandwiched Warren’s putback to put South Lafourche ahead. Warren’s dish to Burgess inside cut it to 24-19 at half-time after Badeaux’s drive and Callais’ 3-pointer from the left wing.