Dutchtown closes strong to knock off district leader ESJ

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Terrence Cusheberry is fouled by East St. John’s Khari Milton in the first half of the Griffins’ 58-42 District 6-5A victory Friday.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown overcame a five-point halftime deficit outscoring East St. John 19-4 in the third quarter on way to a 58-42 District 6-5A victory Friday night at DTHS’ gym.

The Griffins scored the first seven points of the third quarter and went ahead 39-29 with 1:20 left in the frame on free throws off a technical foul. Dutchtown outscored the previously district undefeated Wildcats 12-2 down the stretch.

“It was a big win for us,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “These kids work hard and they deserve it. The best thing about it was we were down at halftime but we came out and responded to the deficit. I think the technical foul was the culminating factor. That was a catalyst to get us going. Plus, our 2-3 zone was working tonight. The kids were moving on them. Where that energy came from, I don’t know.

“Earlier in the year, we faded away. That is a credit to their spirit to work that hard considering the deficit at halftime. They run 12 guys and we only play seven or eight. They just dug deep down inside and were able to come out with a victory.”

Scott Burgess led Dutchtown (10-10, 2-2) with a game-high 25 points, while Terrence Cushenberry added 12, Jordon Biagas provided 10, Devon Ester had nine and Jared Spriggs chipped in two.

East St. John was led by Patrick Gales with eight points, while Chester Victor and Kalen Henderson each added seven and Dhaquille Williams, LaBaron?Sylvester and Kody Duhe each had four.

“We loss,” East St. John head coach Yussef Jasmine said. “It is frustrating but we have to get better from it. We wanted to wear them down but they dealt with that at halftime and the third quarter was the difference. I give credit to them for their zone but for the most part we just missed easy baskets. We just didn’t make shots.”

Kaylon Placide’s 3-pointer from the right wing opened the contest before Burgess fed Biagas to put Dutchtown ahead as the lead changed hands seven times early.

Ester’s spin in transition after Burgess fed Cushenberry inside and Chester hit a 3-pointer from the right wing preceded Sylvester’s putback and Spriggs’ pull up in transition. Williams’ putback knotted it up 16-16 going into the second quarter after Kenner’s 3-pointer from the left corner in transition.

Ester’s baseline drive opened the second quarter before Cushenberry’s floater in transition but Placide fed Duhe inside before Gales’ putback knotted it up. After Burgess’ drive across the lane tied it again, Robinson’s putback and floater across the lane gave East St.?John a 27-22 halftime lead.

Biagas’ drive in transition and one opened the second half before Cushenberry’s pull up along the baseline to put Dutchtown ahead. Following Henderson’s inside turnaround, the Griffins went on a 10-0 run culminated with the double technical following a hard foul on Ester by Henderson and intervention from Williams that halted play momentarily. 

Cushenberry drove lane into a wall to open the run before Burgess’ floater and pump fake in mid air. Burgess drove baseline off an inbounds pass with less than 12.7 seconds remaining in the quarter to put Dutchtown ahead 41-31.

Henderson fed Gales inside to cut it to 44-38 in the fourth quarter but Biagas converted a breakaway. After Henderson’s putback, Burgess’ soft jumper in the lane and dish to Biagas preceded Cushenberry’s lane drive in transition.

Ester’s free throws reflected the final tally after Placide fed Duhe off a back court steal.

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Dutchtown’s Scott Burgess converts over East St. John’s Dhaquille Williams and Khari Milton in the closing seconds of the third quarter of the Griffins’ 58-42 District 6-5A victory Friday night.