MOTION: Griffins rebound to dominate Capitol in paint

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Scott Burgess scores ahead of Capitol’s DeQuincy Hughes in the third quarter of the Griffins’ 61-41 victory Thursday night. Burgess had a game-high 24 points for Dutchtown.

GEISMAR?– Dutchtown jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead and finished strong to claim a 61-41 victory over Capitol Thursday night at DTHS’ gym.

The Griffins outscored the Lions 19-10 in the third quarter and the closest Capitol got was 50-35 after Dutchtown built a 22-point lead.

“We took care of the basketball and that was the key tonight,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “It feels good being able to bounce back. As long as we keep moving and take care of the basketball, we are OK.”

It was Dutchtown’s first game since a 78-54 loss to Hammond in the Gold Dome Classic a week earlier where the Griffins trailed by as many as 40 points.

Scott Burgess led Dutchtown (3-4) with 24 points, while Terrence Cushenberry added 12 and Devon Ester and Dorian Williams each had nine.

“We got some production out of some young guys,” Hill said. “I was really pleased with how everybody played but (Williams) was somewhat of an X factor. We are talking about a kid that got cut from the middle school team and he is coming out and doing this.”

Capitol (4-5) was led by DeQuincy Hughes with 10 points, while Roosevelt Wright added eight and Byron?Mack and Michael Sibley each had six.

“They were better in the paint and that is where the game was won,” Capitol head coach Don Green said. “They were much more physical than we were and that is something we have to work on. We gave up too many points two feet from the goal and it is hard to beat somebody when you give up those kind of shots. They were shooting layups and we were hoping for threes. That was the big difference.”

Cushenberry’s 3-pointer from the right wing put Dutchtown ahead 5-2 after Hughes’ baseline jumper knotted it up in the first quarter. Cushenberry’s lay up off a steal made it 9-4 after Johnny Hart’s dish to Byron Mack off a block and Ester’s tip.

Reginald?Stansberry’s pass to Mack inside knotted it up after Sibley’s 3-pointer from the left wing but Ester’s free throw put Dutchtown ahead 10-9 going into the second frame.

Stansberry’s dish to Hughes for a 3-pointer on the right wing off a steal knotted it up 14-14 after Jordon?Biagas’ jumper in the lane opened the quarter and Ester’s putback sandwiched Mack’s lay up off a steal.

Cushenberry's dish to Burgess inside put Dutchtown ahead for good before he nailed a 3-pointer from the top of the key and a jumper from the free throw line. Williams’ putback capped a 9-0 Griffin run before Burgess and Williams each drove lane to make it 27-16 at halftime after Wright’s 19-footer from the right corner.

Ester fed John Williams inside to give Dutchtown a 30-18 lead after Stansberry pulled up in the lane. The Griffins went on a 7-0 run after Shaquille Winters drove baseline courtesy of Burgess’ putback and drive followed by an and one that sandwiched Cushenberry’s dish to Biagas off Ester’s block.

Williams’ dish to Burgess inside put Dutchtown ahead 46-26 going into the final frame after Hardy Paul’s 3-pointer from the left wing following seven straight points from Burgess including a pump fake and 3-pointer from the left wing.

Ester’s dunk off Burgess’ backdoor pass opened the final stanza before Sibley’s 3-pointer from the left corner and Jarvis Jack’s dish to a driving Wright. The Lions cut it to 50-35 after Ester’s drive on Wright’s transition bucket and lay up off a backcourt steal.

Williams’ 3-pointer from the left corner preceded Johhny Hart’s floater in transition before Williams fed Burgess inside and drove to sandwich’s Hughes’ baseline drive.

Delane Hicks’ lay up off a steal reflected the final tally after Cushenberry fed Biagas in transition and Darion Harleaux dished to Burgess inside.

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Dutchtown’s Jordon Biagas shoots ahead of Capitol’s Shaquille Winters in the second half of the Griffins’ 61-41 victory Thusday night.