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Donaldsonville gets past Dutchtown

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Stephon Sullivan throws down a big dunk in the Tigers' 68-65 win over Dutchtown. Photo by DeRon Talley.

Donaldsonville surged to another impressive victory over a 5A team last week as they stormed back from a seven-point halftime deficit to upset previously 8-1 Dutchtown 68-65.

"Our defensive intensity, we forced some turnovers, we sped the game up a little bit," Donaldsonville head coach Barry Whittington said. "In the first half, we kind of just played the game instead of making things happen for ourselves."

The loss came just a few days after a very impressive showing by the Griffins in a tournament at East Iberville where they finished a perfect 3-0.

"They just outscored us, the game was too fast for us, and we allowed too many points scored," Dutchtown head coach Patrick Hill said. "They have a good group of guys; they have ball players. Not that we don't, but they're athletic ,and they play basketball."

The win was the second in a row for the Tigers after blowing away parish rival Ascension Catholic 83-41 just five days earlier.

"I think we're able to wear them down a little bit, we're able to play nine to 10 guys, and it's something we're looking forward to in the future," Whittingham said. "I look on the bench and see there are guys who average double-figures sitting, but that's a really good problem to have."

Donaldsonville hasn't had many problems this year. They've flourished--winning eight of their first 11 games.

Dutchtown was the second 5A power they've taken down this year. To open the season, they upended the Griffins' fellow District 5-5A counterpart East Ascension 59-54.

"I wish we would've closed it better; we did okay, we missed some free throws but overall, I think we're getting better," Whittington said. "If we can consistently do the right thing every day, we'll be a great team."