Griffins hold off St. Amant to remain in second-place tie

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Marlon Bourgeois shoots over Dutchtown’s Scott Burgess and Jordon Biagas in the fourth quarter of the Griffins’ 51-44 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown held off St. Amant late to claim a 51-44 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night at DTHS’ gym.

The victory kept the Griffins in a two-way tie for second place in district standing with just three games remaining.

“Wins are better than losses in any facet,” Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. “Every win that we have had since district has put us in a good position but we are not there yet. If we are in any position it is a good position because we control our own destiny.

“It wasn’t a pretty game for us. We got some easy buckets at the end and made free throws. That was vital to the win. We didn’t have an answer for their big man. We didn’t play well defensively against him. We guarded everybody else well but he had more than half of their points.”

Dutchtown (13-10, 5-2) was led by Scott Burgess with 18 points, while Terrence Cushenberry added 16, Jordon Biagas provided 12, Devon Ester had four and Donovan McCall chipped in one.

Steven Fulkerson had a game-high 27 points for St. Amant (4-23, 0-7), while Justin Manton and Shane Laurent each added five, Marlon Bourgeois, Jacky Joseph and Mileke Beasley each provided two and Jacob Gauthier had one.

“We played very hard and very well,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “We just didn’t finish the job. It is kind of like a synopsis of our season. We do not play like a team indicative of our record. It is just the little things. A couple of turnovers here and a missed layup there and we are right there. Dutchtown has a good team and hopefully they make the playoffs.

“Any win is a big win in district and these kids treat every game like it is a championship. It is not lack of preparation or effort. We have been playing well and just come up short.”

Burgess’ 3-pointer from the left wing put Dutchtown ahead 4-0 to open the contest before Fulkerson’s inside bucket put St. Amant on the board.

Manton’s 3-pointer from the right wing cut it to 6-5 after Burgess fed a cutting Cushenberry. Cushenberry’s drive and one and Biagas’ transition basket put Dutchtown ahead by six before Joseph’s baseline drive. Cushenberry’s 3-pointer from the right wing gave the Griffins a 16-11 lead going into the second quarter.

McCall fed Burgess for a 3-pointer at the top of the key to open the second frame before Fulkerson’s baseline drive and Laurent’s and one. Manton’s pulled up jumper along the baseline put St. Amant ahead 20-19 after Fulkerson’s.

Burgess’ 3-pointer from the left corner with Joseph in his face put Dutchtown ahead 27-24 at halftime after Biagas fed Ester for a baseline jumper and Gauthier found Fulkerson inside.

McCall fed Cushenberry inside off an inbounds to open the second half before Burgess’ drive and Fulkerson’s putback. Fulkerson’s drive in transition cut it to 36-33 going into the final frame after Ester’s putback.

Fulkerson’s free throws cut the deficit to one to open the final period. After Biagas’ pair, Laurent drove baseline before Burgess’ floater across the lane.

Biagas’ transition basket and Burgess’ free throws gave Dutchtown a 44-37 lead before Fulkerson nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing with John Williams in his face.

Beasley’s floater in the lane cut it to 46-42 but Burgess and Cushenberry each hit a pair of free throws before Fulkerson’s pull up jumper along the baseline.

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St. Amant’s Steven Fulkerson converts over Dutchtown’s Devon Ester, Terrence Cushenberry and Scott Burgess, while teammate Jacob Gauthier looks on in the second half of the Griffins 51-44 District 6-5A victory Tuesday night.