Spartans fall to Donaldsonville

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s DeAndre Smith gathers a rebound ahead of Donaldsonville’s Darvelle Allen and teammate Bobby Madere in the second half of the Tigers’ 50-46 victory Tuesday evening.

Donaldsonville used an 8-1 run in the third quarter to take the lead in a ballgame that was tied a halftime but had to rally past East Ascension for a 50-46 victory in the Spartan Classic Tuesday evening at EAHS’ gym.

Devon Breaux’s dunk off a steal ignited the rally and the Tigers took advantage of three technical fouls. East Ascension had defeated Donaldsonville 72-63 in the championship game of the Gold Dome Classic a month earlier.

“We had back to back turnovers that changed the tide of the game and that wsa one of them,” East Ascension head coach Kenny Almond said. “We had some bad breaks and didn’t get some bounces to go our way but I thought we played OK. Donaldsonville has a nice team with some players.”

Keith Fleming had a game-high 18 points for East Ascension (12-5). DeAndre Smith added 14 and Tyler Wright provided 12 as only four Spartans scored.

Kelvon Davis led Donaldsonville (10-6) with 17 points. Breaux added eight and Lorenzo Collins provided six.

“We just knew we had to play harder than we did the first time,” Donaldsonville head coach Greg Hill said. “It is not really motivation. We just didn’t play hard the first time. It was a good game and I enjoyed it. We just have to keep playing. It doesn’t matter who fouls out. We just have to keep doing what we do and we weren’t doing a good job of it.”

East Ascension ended the contest without both their leading scorer and head coach. Fleming fouled out with 2:35 left to play and Almond was given two technicals during the break between quarters in the second half.

The calls stemmed from a post move by Fleming that resulted in Collins hitting the deck. No foul was called before Fleming was hit with a technical.

“I thought he got fouled and he thought he got fouled,” Almond said. “That was plenty of contact for no call. Keith and I both have to learn from that situation and we will. We need him in the game. We have played without him this year and it hasn’t been good. We also need to be protective. Sometimes when the big guy gets fouled by the little guy, they say he should have scored anyway.”

East Ascension also took advantage of a technical in the fourth quarter to build a three point lead.

Donaldsonville took a 9-8 lead going into the second quarter behind Davis’ seven points. Smith’s eight points helped the Spartans tie it at halftime despite Davis’ seven and Breaux’s six.

Smith’s 3-pointer opened the third quarter before the Tigers’ run that saw Davis feed Jarrett Cole inside and Darvelle Allen in transition. Smith fed Fleming inside and Bobby Madere found Wright at the tip top of the key for a 3-pointer to knot it up 31-31

Fleming’s inside bucket from?Curtis Watts preceded the first technical before Allen’s putback just before the buzzer gave Donaldsonville a 34-33 lead going into the final frame.

Aikee Turner made three of four technical free throws to open the fourth quarter but Watt’s drive in transition and dish to Fleming inside for an and one put East Ascension ahead.

Wright fed Fleming inside to make it 42-37 but Davis nailed a 3-pointer from Allen at the top of the key to tie it once more.

Turner’s dish to Allen inside off a steal put Donaldsonville ahead for good after Fleming fouled out despite another 3-pointer by Wright from the right wing in transition with 12.7 seconds remaining.

East Ascension also defeated Lutcher (3-11) 64-45 Monday night. Fleming and Wright each had 20 points and Smith added 11.

Wright’s baseline jumper put East Ascension ahead for good 5-4 and the Spartans followed with a 10-0 run capped by Donald LeBlanc’s dish to Smith for a 3-pointer on the right wing after he fed Wright for one in the right corner. Smith’s dish to Wright for three in the left corner made it 26-9 just before the end of the first quarter.

The Spartans used another 10-0 run in the second quarter that included three straight assists from LeBlanc to Madere inside, Smith for three in the left corner and Fleming inside for an and one. LeBlanc’s up and under made it 41-17 at halftime.

East Ascension outscored Lutcher 15-11 in the third quarter and went ahead 49-23 on LeBlanc’s dish to Fleming for a thunderous dunk off a steal. Wright’s 3-pointer from the left wing made it 52-35 before Fleming’s lane drive and Smith’s putback gave the Spartans a 56-28 lead going into the final quarter.

East Ascension took their biggest lead 60-29 when LeBlanc fed Devonte Fisher in transition. Lutcher outscored the Spartans 17-8 in the final frame.

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East Ascension’s DeVonte Fisher converts a layup in transition ahead of Lutcher’s Dorien Semien in the fourth quarter to give the Spartans a 60-29 lead in the Spartan Classic Monday night.