St. Amant pulls away from Lutcher for first win of the season

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Steve Fulkerson converts over Lutcher’s Dorrian Francois to put the Gators ahead 23-10 in the second quarter of their 60-40 victory in the Gold Dome Classic Thursday evening.

ST. AMANT - St. Amant built a 10-point lead at the first quarter mark and pushed it into a 60-40 victory over Lutcher in SAHS’ Auxiliary Gym Thursday evening to advance to the consolation finals of the Gold Dome Classic. 

The?Gators were never threatened in their first victory of the season. St. Amant (1-6) fell to Hammond 57-38 Saturday afternoon in the consolation finals.

“These guys have worked their tails off so I am real happy for them,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “Not necessarily to get the monkey off their backs but just to relax now that we got a win and keep playing. In 28 years of being a head coach, I have never valued winning like we are this year. I always took it for granted. The biggest thing is that we are getting better, whether we win or lose.

“We are meshing together as a group and we just have to keep on doing that. It took the guys from football some time to get into shape. The good thing about it is we have some depth. We don’t have eight or nine tremendous  All-Stars but they are all decent players.”

Steve Fulkerson led the Gators (0-6) with 25 points, while Jacky Joseph added eight, Marlon Bourgeois provided seven and Jacob Gauthier and Brandon LeBourgeois each had six. 

Tyshon Jackson paced Lutcher (0-5) with 14 points, while Tyron?West added eight.

“We are kind of handicapped right now with a lack of experience,” Lutcher head coach Chase Delrie said. “Last year, we loss eight seniors. This year, we have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores out there and with the football team still in the playoffs, we are waiting on a couple of people to join us. It is a process and day by day we are continuing to get better.

“With their size, they are difficult to match up. (Fulkerson) does a good job of catching the basketball, facing up and using his foot work to get himself in good position. He is such a focal point because of his height that at times he makes the other guys a little better.”

Fulkerson scored 10 of St. Amant’s 16 points in the first quarter. Kenley Allen’s dish to Tyrum Miles off a steal cut it to 21-10 in the second quarter before Gauthier and Fulkerson traded dishes to each other inside. West’s 3-pointer from the left wing cut it to 27-15 at halftime after Fulkerson’s spin inside.

Fulkerson’s putback and one opened the second half before Manton fed him slashing after Myles’ baseline jumper. Fulkerson’s dunk made it 36-19 after his dish to Gauthier inside.

Bourgeois’ reverse put the Gators ahead 44-21 going into the final frame after Gauthier’s drive and Fulkerson’s dishes to a driving Manton and Bourgeois in transition.

Dalton Alexander’s dish to LeBourgeois inside opened the final frame before Chris Nicholas’ 3-pointer and Jackson’s drive helped cut it to 46-29. Malik Beasley’s pass to LeBourgeois in transition preceded Jay?Gipson’s drive and Joseph’s putback to put St. Amant ahead 56-32.

Jackson’s 3-pointer from the left wing reflected the final tally after LeBourgeois’ putback and Travell Robertson’s 3-pointer from the right wing.

Fulkerson led the Gators with 10 points against Hammond (5-1). Mark Bridgewater had a game-high 14 points for Hammond while Mike Henry and Kylan Douglas each added 11.

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St. Amant's Marlon Bourgeois