Griffins explode out of gate on host Denham Springs

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Earl Warren and Scott Burgess were all-district first-team selections a year ago. Warren is a transfer from East Iberville and Burgess averaged 14 points per game.

DENHAM SPRINGS - Dutchtown exploded out of the gate with 26 first quarter points and cruised to a 53-37 victory over host Denham Springs in the Grady Hornsby Classic Tuesday night at the DSHS gym.

“We came out a little bit better than we did in the past,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “The way we started (was positive). They kids played hard like always.”

Earl Warren led Dutchtown (2-1) with a game-high 23 points, 15 coming in the first-half with three 3-pointers.

“As time goes by, his play is getting better and better,” Hill said.

Scott Burgess and Jordan Biagas each added 10 apiece for the Griffins.

Randy Lathers led Denham Springs (1-3) with 16 points.

“After the first quarter, we played them even,” Denham Springs coach Wynn Wingate said. “Dutchtown is a good team and this gives us some hope going into district. We held our own.”

Biagas fed Warren off a steal to open the contest before Terrance Cushenberry found him for a 3-pointer on the left wing. Warren’s dish to Lyle Mock inside made it 9-0 before Wes Hoover fed Jace Fridge inside to end the run with 4:56 left in the first quarter.

Mock’s dunk off a steal preceded Biagas’ dish to Warren for a 3-pointer on the left wing. John Williams passed out to Burgess for another 3-pointer in the right corner before Burgess’s dish to Warren for one more from the left wing in transition. Jeremy Washyneen fed Lather inside to cut it to 20-5 before Cushenberry fed Burgess and Biagas in transition and off a steal and Warren dunked to make it 26-5 going into the second quarter.

Javonti Spain fed Lathers inside to open the stanza before Reggie LaBrave passed to Warren for a 3-pointer at the top of the key. Fridge’s dish to Lathers inside and Ricky Hope’s 3-pointer from the right corner cut it to 29-12 before LaBrave banked a 3-pointer.

Warren and Lather traded inside spins before Hunter Ethridge’s lay-up off a steal. Ethridge’s dish to Lather inside closed out the half with Dutchtown ahead 38-21 after LaBrave fed Biagas along the right baseline.

Warren’s jumper put the Griffins ahead 42-21 in the third quarter before Fridge fed Hope inside. Lather’s pull up in transition preceded Burgess’ dish to Warren inside off an inbounds and Cushenberry’s pass to Warren for a dunk in transition. Hoover’s inside bucket made it 47-27 going into the final stanza.

Etheridge fed Taylor Parker inside to open the fourth quarter before Burgess’ dish to Mock inside. Lathers’ bank and pull up preceded Warren’s in transition before Rashad Muse fed Etheridge. Muse’s lay up at the buzzer reflected the final tally after Burgess fed Biagas in transition.

Dutchtown’s Earl Warren and Scott Burgess were all-district first-team selections a year ago. Warren is a transfer from East Iberville and Burgess averaged 14 points per game.