Griffins can’t keep pace with district leading Hahnville

Peter Silas Pasqua
Dutchtown’s Jordon Biagas converts a reverse ahead of Hahnville’s Jauries Thomas to open the second half of the Tigers’ 66-54 District 6-5A victory Saturday afternoon.

GEISMAR – Dutchtown’s Jordan Biagas converted a reverse to open the second half and knot it up but the Griffins couldn’t keep up with District 6-5A league leading Hahnville in a 66-54 loss Saturday afternoon at DTHS’ gym.

Hahnville used a 12-2 run directly after to take control before taking their biggest lead of 13 points twice in the fourth quarter. Dutchtown now falls into sole possession of third place in district standings.

The Griffins (13-11, 5-3) were led by Terrence Cushenberry and Scott Burgess with 17 points apiece, while Devon Ester added seven, Biagas and John Williams each had five and Donovan McCall provided three.

Derek Howard led Hahnville (20-7 , 7-1), with 19 points, while Byron Gauthier added 15, Warren LeBeouf and Andre Watkins each provided 10, William Becnel had eight and Jauries Thomas chipped in two.

McCall’s penetrating dish to Biagas inside put Dutchtown ahead 21-20 in the second quarter before Gauthier fed Howard inside and LeBeouf dished to Gauthier off a steal. Cushenberry’s baseline drive preceded Watkins’ inside bucket before Williams’ putback at the buzzer cut it to 28-26 at halftime.

Gauthier’s 3-pointer from the left corner put Hahnville ahead 40-30 before Burgess’ drive and free throws. Cushenberry’s turnaround jumper with five seconds remaining in the quarter cut it to 43-36 after Gauthier’s drive and one.

Burgess’ 3-pointer from the left wing cut the deficit to four to open the fourth quarter before LeBeouf fed Watkins inside. After Biagas’ up and under,?Hahnville went on a 10-1 kickstarted by Howard’s inside basket and Gauthier’s dunk off a steal.

Cushenberry’s 3-pointer from the right wing cut it to 57-47 before McCall’s from the top of the key, both in transition but LeBeouf made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.

Gauthier’s dish to LeBeouf off a steal reflected the final tally after Cushenberry converted a four-point play after nailing a 3-pointer from the right wing with 12 seconds remaining.

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Dutchtown's Terrence Cushenberry converts.