SECOND COMING: Hahnville halts Gators for second-place tie in district
BOUTTE - Hahnville outscored St. Amant by nine points in the fourth quarter on way to notching a 59-51 District 6-5A victory Friday night at HHS’ gym.
The game wrapped up the regular season for both teams who finish in a tie for second-place in district standings. East St. John wrapped up the district crown with a victory over East Ascension Friday night in Reserve.
“The effort was there,” St. Amant head coach Gary Duhe said. “We just didn’t finish the game and we will have to do that in the playoffs on the road. We didn’t do a good job of guarding and stopping penetration. We have to be able to handle this situation a little better.
“We couldn’t get over the hump. We had a chance in the fourth quarter and we had a couple of bad turnovers quickly that led to a five-point swing. You can’t do that when you are trying to win a game on the road.”
St. Amant (22-9, 6-4) will find out who they will face in the playoffs Tuesday. The bi-district playoff game will likely be at home in the Gold Dome Friday night.
Rashaun Claiborne led St. Amant with 21 points. Brandon Morris added 13, while Steve Fulkerson provided eight and Bruce Mathsion had six.
Desmond Raymond led all scorers with 22 points for Hahnville (22-9, 6-4). Warren LeBeouf and Jared Kinsey each added eight, while Derek Raymond provided seven and Byron Gauthier and Derek Howard each had five.
“We would like to win every game,” Hahnville head coach Brian Lumar said. “This was for second place. We couldn’t win the district like we wanted to so we did the next best thing. Every team in this district is a good team. I think this is by far the best district in the state and I think on a night in and night out basis you have to be ready to play. St. Amant has a great ball club and you have to bring your A game. It is always going to come down to the wire and I think our guys played real hard tonight and hopefully that will carry on into the playoffs.
“When we come and play solid team defense, I think we are a tough team to beat. Offensively, (Raymond) was pretty good tonight but I think defensively is what makes him a good basketball player. We rebounded the ball well and we limited a lot of our turnovers tonight which was key.”
St. Amant had possession trailing 42-40 in the fourth quarter when they threw it away and Desmond Raymond converted a drive and one. Mathison’s dish to Fulkerson inside preceded Kinsey’s lay up off a steal and lane drive to put the Tigers ahead 49-42 with 2:50 left to play.
Claiborne’s dish to Morris in transition preceded a goal tending on Desmond Raymond’s shot before Mathison fed Morris in transition with 1:28 left to play. Kinsey’s lob to Desmond Raymond and one off an inbounds pass virtually sealed it.
St. Amant took the lead 37-36 going into the fourth quarter on Mathison’s dish to Claiborne off a steal with 11 seconds remaining in the third frame. Howard’s inside bucket to open the final frame put Hahnville ahead for good before Desmond Raymond’s pull up jumpers sandwiched Morris’ free throws.
Howard’s inside bucket and one opened the second half giving Hahnville their biggest lead 32-21 lead before Nick Morris fed Fulkerson inside and Brandon Morris hit two of three free throws.
Derek Raymond’s jumper and Jauries Thomas’ putback preceded a 12-0 run by St. Amant to close out the third quarter. Fulkerson’s free throws preceded putbacks from Claiborne and Brandon Morris before Brandon Morris dished to Fulkerson inside and out to Mathison for a 19-footer.
Fulkerson’s dish out to Mathison opened the contest before Desmond Raymond’s drive and 3-pointer. Claiborne’s pull up in the lane preceded Howard’s inside bucket and Kinsey’s lay up off a steal to put Hahnville ahead 9-4.
Claiborne’s lane drive and one with 1:44 left in the quarter put St. Amant ahead 13-12 after Brandon Morris fed Claiborne off a steal, Nick Morris nailed a 19-footer in the right corner and Mathison converted a lay up off a steal. Andre Watkins’ jumper and LeBeouf’s baseline drive put Hahnville ahead 16-13 going into the second quarter.
Claiborne’s pull up jumper opened the second frame before LeBeouf’s baseline jumper and Brandon Morris’ drive. Kinsey’s dish to LeBeouf made it 26-19 before Fulkerson fed Brandon Morris inside. Gauthier’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 1:45 left in the half gave Hahnville a 29-21 half-time lead.