DUTCHTOWN — It looked like fifth-ranked East Ascension was primed to make its move once the fourth quarter began.
The Spartans trailed by five points, erasing what was an eight-point deficit. Unheralded and undaunted, Dutchtown High had all the answers.
With Tevin Thompson scoring 11 of his 15 points in the final quarter, Dutchtown notched a 64-52 victory over East Ascension in the District 5-5A boys basketball game played Tuesday night at DHS.
“I knew my guys were playing helpside defense behind me and that allowed me to take a few more chances on defense,” Thompson said. “I knew they had my back and I had theirs. I scored when I got the chance.”
With the victory, Dutchtown (17-4, 2-0) stays unbeaten in 5-5A. Patrick Thompson also had 15 points and Christion Thompson added 13 points.
“Tevin is not a guy we look to score that much,” Dutchtown coach Patrick Hill said. “We rely on him for handling and defense. Tonight he made some big shots. “They (the Spartans) came at us several times. We stayed calm and we answered.”
The Griffins’ balance helped offset a game-high 20 points and eight rebounds by EAHS’ 6-foot-7 Ja’Cardo Hawkins. Javaughn Williams added 17, including three 3-pointers.
“Dutchtown outplayed us,” EAHS coach Kenny Almond said. “They’re so strong physically and they play well together. We’ve got to regroup because it doesn’t get any easier in this district.”
The Griffins never trailed in an entertaining, high energy first half. DHS’ Leonard Scott and EAHS’ Hawkins traded baskets in the first 31 seconds before a 3-pointer from the right wing by Nick Whalen gave Dutchtown a 5-2 with 7:10 to go in the first quarter.
Hawkins scored again to make it 5-4 and Dutchtown responsed by scoring five straight points including a 3-pointer from the left corner by Scott. The Griffins sizzled, using 8-of-11 shooting from the field to offset six turnovers.
By contrast, East Ascension made 5-of-12 from the field and also had six turnovers. The Spartans got within three points twice before Dutchtown scored five points in the final 44.3 seconds, including a 3-pointer by Christion Thompson.
The Griffins took a 19-11 lead into the second period and briefly led by 10 before EAHS started cutting into the lead. A layup by Shiervan Ursin cut the DHS lead to one point, at 22-21 with 4:20 left in the half.
Whalen’s jumper from the right side and a steal and layup by Tevin Thompson extended Dutchtown’s cushion. Though Hawkins scored twice in the closing sequence, Dutchtown led 28-25 at halftime.
Hawkins scored the first basket to open the second half and 30 seconds later Eric Williams sank a 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie the game at 30-30. The Spartans took their only lead of the night at 32-30 on a layup by Javaughn Williams. But again, Dutchtown had an answer. Patrick Thompson scored twice to give the Griffins the lead again. Another steal and layup by Tevin Thompson extended the DHS lead to four points a 36-32 with 2:41 to go in third quarter.
Two EAHS turnovers then proved costly. Patrick Thompson scored off one and Scott was fouled after scoring a layup off the other. He also made the free throw to give the Griffins a 41-33 lead at the 1:28 mark.
Javaughn Williams made a free throw that got EAHS within four at 41-37 early in the fourth quarter. Baskets by Jhory Miller and Patrick Thompson extended the Griffin lead before Tevin Thompson took over.
The 5-10 guard scored 11 points in just more than three minutes. He was fouled on a fast-break layup and made an three-point play and later sank 3-pointer from the left corner. His runner in the lane at the 2:26 mark made it 58-49. DHS made six of eight free throws in the final 2:10 clinch the win.