St. Amant downs Hammond

ST. AMANT — St. Amant had to turn to Plan B for a 59-45 win over Hammond at the Gold Dome on Tuesday night.

The Gators (8-7) had trouble converting layups, so they turned to 3-pointers and the free-throw line to defeat the Tornadoes for the second time this season.

St. Amant (12-2) drained seven 3-pointers, including four in the third quarter when they stretched a 32-30 halftime lead to 50-41.

The Gators then held Hammond to four points in the fourth quarter to coast home with the win.

“We missed layups early, but we made them late,” St. Amant coach Gary Duhe said. “We got the ball where we wanted it, but we just didn’t finish. If we could have made some early, we might have had a working lead.”

Dequincy Deverteuil led the Gators’ barrage of 3-pointers with three, while Mason Clouarte had two and Donald LeBlanc and Sam Morris one each. The Gators’ leading scorer was sixth man Jonavon Lewis who tallied 16 points on four field goals and 8-of-10 free- throw shooting. Deverteuil scored 11, with LeBlanc and Dominique Wilmore following with nine apiece.

The game featured two guard-oriented offenses with a coaching matchup between Duhe and Hammond’s fourth-year coach, Brent Grigas.

The guards didn’t disappoint, squaring off from the opening tip offensively and defensively. First-half numbers showed LeBlanc and Clouarte with five points and a 3-pointer each, while Hammond’s guard duo of Devin Weber (17 points and two 3-pointers and George Perkins (six points) kept the Tors close.

The first half was close, with five ties and 11 lead changes. Hammond went to the free-throw line only once, scoring 29 of its 30 points from the field.

Duhe wasn’t happy with his team’s defense in the first half.

“The thing I was most disappointed in was giving up 30 points. For the year I think we’re giving up about 51 a game, and tonight, we gave up 30 in the first half alone.

“We didn’t do anything different in the second half. We just started guarding better and stopping dribble penetration, and we gave up 15 in the second half,” he said.

The Tors finished the game the way St. Amant started — by missing layups.

“I don’t know how many uncontested layups and free throws we missed,” Grigas said. “Against a quality team like that on the road you can’t miss layups and free throws.

“We got them by three at our place last week, and we played well, but they had a good plan for us tonight. They did a good job defending, and we didn’t shoot it well,” he said.

Hammond was 4-for-12 from the free-throw line in the second half. Weber added two points in the second half to finish with 12. Giovanni Lee scored all seven of his points in the second half, and Perkins added two more for a total of eight.