Dutchtown drops second district game against McKinley

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
Nick Whalen scored nine for the Griffins in the 56-42 loss to the Panthers. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Dutchtown didn't start off the district season the way they had envisioned. With a 56-42 road loss to McKinley on Friday night, they dropped to just 1-2 in league play.

But that didn't look like it would be the case early. The Griffins exploded off the blocks and raced out to a nine-point first-quarter lead on the strength of three 3-pointers.

Leonard Scott nailed two of them, and Christian Thompson sank another to put Dutchtown out in front 13-4.

That's when McKinley finally shook off the sluggish start and caught fire. They charged out to a 9-0 run behind a trey from Joe Delpit.

The spurt continued into the second quarter as the Panthers finally began to sustain offense.

Russell Daniels got the hot hand and nailed two 3-pointers that helped McKinley cash in an 18-4 run that gave them a 22-17 lead before the half. The Panthers were able to hold on to the advantage at the break--leading 26-23.

That's as close as the game would get because in the second half, McKinley shot 48 percent from the field and consistently out-rebounded the Griffins.

It led to a crippling 13-3 run by the Panthers that blew the game wide open and gave them their biggest lead of the game at 39-26.

Tevin Walker added another three for McKinley that allowed them to take a 46-34 advantage into the fourth quarter.

There, Scott desperately tried to get Dutchtown back in it. He made a steal and finished it off with a breakaway lay-in. It cut the lead down to 10 points, but the Panthers had an answer.

They quickly reeled off seven straight points to hand the Griffins their biggest deficit of the game at 53-36.

With Dutchtown only shooting 39 percent for the game, the lead stuck. McKinley was able to close things out and earn the 56-42 win.

In the victory, Daniels led the Panthers with 15, Marquise Kaigler had 13 and Keion Brown finished with 12.

As for the Griffins, Scott led the way with 15. Nick Whalen contributed with nine.

After starting the year 18-2, Dutchtown suffered through a 1-2 funk to start the district tilt.

On Monday night, they responded. In a makeup game from last week, the Griffins survived East Ascension 47-46 to get their district record back to .500.

On Friday, they'll be on the road trying to avenge a 47-44 upset-loss they suffered to Woodlawn in the district opener.