Destrehan rolls by Griffins in district opener

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Devon Ester attempts to drive baseline on Destrehan’s Akeem Sumlin and B.J. Singleton in the first half of the Wildcats’ 66-37 District 6-5A opening victory Tuesday night.

GEISMAR – Destrehan built a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back on way to a 66-37 District 6-5A opening victory Tuesday night at DTHS’ gym.

The Wildcats closed out the half outscoring Dutchtown 20-5 in the second quarter after taking the lead for good on Sean Palmer’s penetrating dish to B.J. Singleton inside to end the first frame.

Dutchtown (8-9, 0-1) was led by Terrence Cushenberry with 11 points. Devon Ester added 10, while Scott Burgess provided nine, Jordon Biagas had six and Jared Spriggs chipped in one.

Singleton led Destrehan with 17 points, while Ryan Derbes added 12, Kevin Smith provided 11 and Palmer and Akeem Sumlin each had eight.

Cushenberry’s pull up jumper along the baseline opened the contest before he fed Biagas in transition. Koy Hagen’s baseline drive put Destrehan on the board but Ester’s putback gave Dutchtown a 7-4 lead after Sumlin’s free throws.

Singleton’s dish to Derbes for a 3-pointer at the top of the key knotted it up 9-9 after his putback and Ester’s free throws. Burgess answered with a 3-pointer from the right wing with Hagan in his face.

Another Derbes’ 3-pointer from the top of the key from a penetrating Palmer preceded Dorian Williams’ dish to Cushenberry for another 3-pointer on the left wing. Sumlin’s penetrating dish to Derbes for yet another 3-pointer in the left corner knotted it up 15-15.

Singleton fed a driving Derbes from Sumlin off an inbounds pass to open the second quarter before Ester dunked a putback. Palmer’s dish to Singleton inside put the Wildcats ahead 25-17 after Singleton spun and Palmer drove.

Cushenberry’s pull up jumper just past the free throw line preceded a 10-0 Destrehan run kickstarted by Singleton’s dish to Smith inside. Sumlin’s lay up off a steal ended the run after Palmer converted off a backcourt steal and Smith drove baseline.

Smith’s inside pump fake with .6 seconds remaining from Palmer put Destrehan ahead 37-20 at halftime after Burgess’ free throw.

Dutchtown outscored Destrehan 11-5 in the third quarter to cut it to 42-31 but the Wildcats exploded for 24 points in the final frame to leave no doubt.

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Dutchtown's Scott Burgess