Dutchtown outlasts Spartans in overtime

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Keith Fleming shoots over Dutchtown’s John Williams in the second half of the Griffins’ 55-51 District 6-5A overtime victory Tuesday night. Fleming had a game-high 24 points.

Dutchtown held East Ascension scoreless in overtime to prevail in a 55-51 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night at EAHS’ gym.

Devon Ester’s reverse putback provided the Griffins with all the scoring they needed in the extra period as Dutchtown ran out the clock following Javaughn Williams’ missed layup off a backcourt steal in the closing seconds after an inbounding violation on the Spartans.

“I am pleased with the way our kids are playing,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “Everybody in district is playing hard and you can’t ask for anything more than that. It was a great atmosphere tonight for basketball. (East Ascension) puts on a good show. We had created a deficit for them in the fourth quarter and took some quick shots on offense but that is part of the game.

“(Keith Fleming) played well. Our biggest advisory in this game was we didn’t have an answer for him and we played him well. Just give credit to him. Our guys battled him but he just made shots.”

Ester led Dutchtown (11-10, 3-2) with 18 points, while Scott Burgess provided 14, Terrence Cushenberry had nine, Jordon Biagas added eight and Jared Spriggs, John Williams and Donovan McCall each had two.

Fleming had a game-high 24 points for East Ascension (16-11, 1-4), while Curtis Watts and DeAundre Smith each added 10, Bobby Madere  provided three and Tyler Wright and J.?Steward each had two.

“I think we played hard,” East Ascension head coach Kenny Almond said. “We have a lot of things to be positive about. We have good players and an opportunity to practice. We are just kind of young and struggling a little bit.”

Smith pulled up for a 3-pointer on the left wing to knot it up 51-51 and Fleming’s heave was off the top of the backboard after Biagas missed in the closing seconds.

Wright fed Fleming inside to open the contest before consecutive putbacks by Ester. Fleming’s and one off an inside spin put East Ascension back ahead before Cushenberry pulled up in the lane and Ester’s 15-foot baseline jumper gave the Griffins an 8-5 lead.

Wright’s 19-footer from the left wing knotted it up before Ester nailed a 3-pointer from the left corner. Dishes to Fleming inside from Smith and Wright put East Ascension ahead 14-13 going into the second quarter after Watts’ inside bucket and Burgess’ floater across the lane.

Burgess pulled up in the lane to open the second quarter before McCall’s jumper in transition and Ester’s turnaround off a rebound put Dutchtown ahead 19-14.

Biagas’ layup off Ester’s block gave the Griffins a 25-16 lead following Smith’s 19-footer in transition from the left wing and Williams’ pump fake inside.

Fleming’s 18-footer preceded Smith’s dish to Madere for a 3-pointer from the top of the key and Ester’s pass to a cutting Cushenberry inside before Biagas’ transition pump put Dutchtown ahead 29-21 at halftime.

Steward fed Smith for a 3-pointer on the right wing to open the second half before Ester’s dunk off a steal after Burgess fed him in transition. Fleming’s turnaround jumper preceded Smith’s layup off a steal before Burgess’ pull up in the lane and Cushenberry’s dish to Biagas inside put Dutchtown ahead 37-28.

East Ascension knotted it up with a 9-0 run to close out the quarter capped by Fleming’s spin inside after Watts’ 3-pointer from the left corner.

Cushenberry fed Burgess inside to open the fourth quarter before nailing a jumper but Watts’ 3-pointer from the left wing knotted it up again. Fleming’s turnaround in the lane briefly put the Spartans ahead before Burgess scored the next five points on a drive and 3-point play off a putback.

Biagas’ up and under lane drive with 1:10 left to play put Dutchtown ahead 51-48 after Watts followed his own miss.

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