HOLIDAY BLUES: Griffins pull away from St. Amant

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Dorian Williams converts a lay up off a steal ahead of St. Amant’s Jacob Gauthier in the second quarter of the Griffins’ 60-38 victory in the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Saturday evening.

Dutchtown used a 19-0 run in the second half to put away St. Amant in a 60-38 victory in the second game of the opening round at the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic Saturday evening at EAHS’ gym.

The Griffins closed out the first half on a 14-4 run to build a 30-22 halftime lead.

“I have been pleased with our defensive effort up to this point,”?Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “For whatever reason we were able to get a comfortable lead and were able to hold on to it. It guarantees us two more game to put on our resume` that we can use to get better.”

Dutchtown (6-6) moves on to the winner’s bracket Tuesday while St. Amant (2-14) played South Lafourche Monday in an elimination game.

“We didn’t execute on the offensive end and didn’t guard on the defensive end,”?St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “That is a bad combination. It is a tough time of the year to get back into the swing of things.”

Scott Burgess had a game-high 18 points for Dutchtown. Devon Ester added 13, while Terrence Cushenberry and Dorian Williams each had nine, Jordon Biagas provided six and John Williams had five.

Mileke Beasley led St. Amant with 14 points. Justin Manton added nine, while Steve Fulkerson provided six, Jacob Gauthier had five and Marlon Bourgeois chipped in four.

The Griffins took a 14-9 lead going into the second quarter before the Gators opened the stanza on a 6-0 run capped by Beasley’s drive.

Burgess’ free throws put the Griffins ahead for good after Ester’s pull up jumper from the free throw line. Bourgeois fed Fulkerson inside after Cushenberry’s free throws but Dorian Williams converted a lay up off a steal and nailed a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Burgess’ 3-pointer in transition just before the buzzer from the left wing gave Dutchtown a 30-22 halftime lead after Manton drove baseline.

Beasley’s pump fake inside to open the second half was the Gators’ only points in the third quarter. Burgess’ drive gave Dutchtown a double digit lead before Cushenberry fed Ester’s dunk off Burgess’ steal. Biagas’ drive preceded Dorian Williams’s flip to him before John Williams’ putback just before the buzzer made it 44-26 going into the fourth quarter.

Ester’s 3-pointer from the left wing opened the final frame before his drive in transition. Gauthier’s putback ended the Gators’ drought before John Williams’ putback and one gave Dutchtown their biggest lead 56-28.

Manton’s pull up jumper and Beasley’s baseline drive preceded four free throws by Burgess before Beasley’s floater in the lane reflected the final tally after Bourgeois’ drive in transition.

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St. Amant’s Mileke Beasley pump fakes Dutchtown’s Terrence Cushenberry in the second half of the Griffins’ 60-38 victory at the Coca Cola Spartan Classic Saturday evening.