St. Amant flies past Dutchtown in jamboree

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Brandon Morris flips a pass behind his back to Steven Fulkerson ahead of Dutchtown’s Earl Warren in the second half of the Gators’ 53-32 jamboree victory Thursday night.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant scored the first six points and never looked back on the way to a 53-32 victory over Dutchtown in the finale of the St. Amant Jamboree at the Gold Dome Thursday night.

“We have a lot of returning players and we played well tonight but it is just a jamboree,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “We have a long way to go.

“We shot the ball well and we have some kids without a lot of experience who have gotten better. We have three real good returning players from last year and our other guys are getting better. We just have to keep it going.”

Rashaun Claiborne led the Gators with 15 points, while Brandon Morris added 11. Nick Morris provided nine and Bruce Mathison had eight.

Dutchtown was led by Earl Warren with 12. Terrance Cushenberry added 10 and Scott Burgess provided eight.

“(St. Amant is) playing like a state championship team and it is just the jamboree,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “They are good. Real good ,but we can only get better.

“We got some new guys but we could have played better than what we played. We played together all this summer. I know it is a different situation but this is still a dress rehearsal for the real thing.”

Brandon Morris fed Claiborne’s alley lay-up to open the contest before his dunk off a steal and Mathison’s pull up jumper. Burgess fed Cushenberry for a 3-pointer in the right corner off an inbounds to get Dutchtown on the board before Nick Morris’ trey in the left corner from Mathison.

Burgess’ dish back to Jordan Biagas cut it to 9-5 before Brandon Morris passed back to Nick Morris for a 3-pointer in the left corner. Claiborne’s pull up jumper preceded Warren’s dish to Burgess in transition before a 7-0 St. Amant run courtesy of Mathison’s fade away 3-pointer from the top of the key, Brandon Morris’ baseline reverse and dish to Mathison on the left wing for a 19-footer. Burgess’ drive off a steal at the buzzer cut it to 21-9 at halftime.

“It was in our tempo,” Duhe said. “We are very athletic. It was a little too fast for them right now but they are going to be good. Everybody in our league is going to be good.”

St. Amant opened the second half on a 16-3 run. Mathison fed Claiborne inside before Warren’s dish to Burgess inside and one. Claiborne’s pull up jumper preceded Brandon Morris’ thundering dunk in transition and Steve Fulkerson’s turnaround jumper.

Mathison fed Claiborne inside before pulling up and Claiborne’s thundering dunk from Brandon Morris off a steal. Cushenberry’s free throws ended the run before Jeff St. Pierre and Claiborne dished to Brandon Morris on the left wing for a 3-pointer and a dunk off a steal. Claiborne’s free throws give St. Amant a 44-16 lead.

“The game was too fast for us,” Hill said. “They dictated the tempo. It wasn’t too fast for them because they are great basketball players.”

Fulkerson fed Nick Morris for a 3-pointer on the right wing to give the Gators their biggest lead 47-16 after Warren’s pull up jumper. Biagas’ drive and Warren’s and one cut into it before Fulkerson fed Wes Mueller in transition.

Warren’s floater preceded Kristopher Jackson’s put back before Reginald LeBrane fed Cushenberry inside to cut it to 51-25. Biagas fed Cushenberry for a 3-pointer on the right wing after Warren drove lane and St. Pierre and Burgess’ free throws reflected the final tally.

St. Amant will participate in Donaldsonville’s Tiger Classic beginning Wednesday and Dutchtown travels to Central Thursday after opening the season at Scotlandville Monday.

St. Amant’s Rashaun Claibornes drives the lane on Dutchtown’s Scott Burgess in the second half Thursday evening. Claiborne led all scorers with 15 points.