Griffins mosey past Gators in second half

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Scott Burgess is fouled by St. Amant’s Shane Laurent as he converts a lay up in the second half of the Griffins’ 21-17 victory in the St. Amant Jamboree Thursday night.

ST. AMANT – In the final game, Dutchtown scored seven of the last 10 points to pull away from host St. Amant in the second half 21-17.

St. Amant built an 11-8 half-time lead before Dutchtown got 11 second-half points from?Jordon Biagas and Scott Burgess, who didn’t play in the first half, to pull away.

“Obviously, we had different personel in the second half and the guys got a little bit more comfortable,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “It is just a glorified scrimmage. Both teams played good basketball. We have to get better. We are not used to seeing that kind of passing in practice. They moved the ball well and we can’t simulate that. All in all, it was a good measuring stick.”

Steven Fulkerson’s 3-pointer from the left wing off a dish from Jacob Gauthier put St. Amant ahead in the first half. Marlon Bourgeois’ drive made it 11-4 after Fulkerson fed Gauthier inside. Darion Harleaux’s dish to Terrence Cushenberry in transition cut the lead to 11-8 at halftime.

“Our youth and inexperience showed but it is just a learning process,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “We have to guard the five guys on the floor. We missed some easy shots and we got a little impatient late. It is nothing more than a glorified scrimmage. We got to see what we have to work on and get ready for the next one.”

Biagas’ transition bucket opened the second half before Gauthier fed Fulkerson inside. Donovan McCall then fed Biagas in opposite corners for 15-footers sandwiching Jacky Joseph’s transition bucket.

Burgess’ spin inside reflected the final tally after his drive and one before Gautheir’s dish to Joseph off an inbounds pass.

Biagas led all scorers with eight points, while Burgess provided five and Cushenberry had four for Dutchtown.

Gauthier led the Gators with seven points, while Fulkerson and Joseph each had four.

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