DUTCHTOWN — In a boys basketball game that featured 30 combined turnovers, it was only fitting that the night ended in similar fashion Tuesday.
After scrambling to recover a loose rebound with 6.4 seconds left in the game and trailing by two points, Dutchtown in-bounded the ball from the sideline with one final shot to win or send the game into overtime.
Nick Whalen, who hopped on the loose basketball and called the timeout the play before to give the Griffins the ball, inbounded it to Leonard Scott, who surveyed the floor and slung it back toward the sideline and into the stands.
With just two ticks remaining on the clock, Glen Oaks in-bounded the ball and ran the clock out to preserve a 56-54 comeback win and improve to 11-10 on the season.
The loss dropped the Griffins to 15-4.
“We just didn’t execute,” Dutchtown coach Patrick Hill said of the final series of the nondistrict game.
“Glen Oaks has always played great defense. Their defense rattled us a little bit. It is what it is. It was a good test for us.”
The turnover was No. 20 on the day for Dutchtown, which led 14-11 after one quarter and 30-26 at halftime, bolstered by Patrick Thompson’s 13 first-half points.
Glen Oaks responded out of the break, limiting Thompson, the Griffins leading scorer on the night, to three points in the second half.
“It think when we stopped them from getting in the paint and made them become more perimeter, some of those shots stopped falling,” Glen Oaks coach Harvey Adger said.
“Our defense dug in, and we believe in one another. I think our press kind of turned them over a little bit there and we were able to get a few easy baskets out of that.”
Chris Dancey paced the scoring for the Panthers with 24 points, 14 in the second half and 15 from 3-point territory.
Chris Thomas, Glen Oaks’ typical go-to guy, was held to eight points, going 3-for-7 from the field.
Thomas snagged eight rebounds to go along with his four assists and three blocks, but some of his scoring duties went to Devin Womack, who scored 14 points.
“There’s always someone who’s got someone’s back,” Adger said. “Chris Dancey, what can I say? He hit some big 3s for us. You’ve got to have that type of team that’s going to fight through adversity.”
Glen Oaks took its first lead late in the third quarter and led 44-41 heading into the fourth.
Christion Thompson and Leonard Scott both went down with injuries on consecutive plays in the third quarter, causing Dutchtown to turn deeper to the bench.
Scott and Thompson both returned to the game eventually, and both reached the double-digit mark for the Griffins, scoring 14 and 10, respectively.
Scott dropped 10 of his points in the final quarter, but the effort fell short as Glen Oaks fended off the near comeback.
“No doubt,” Hill said when asked if the injuries affected the game plan. “But you’ve got to learn to play through injuries.
“I think we responded quite well at the end. Give credit to Glen Oaks, they played hard, but we played hard as well,” he said.
Glen Oaks and Dutchtown both open district play Friday.
The Panthers host West Feliciana.
The Griffins travel to St. Amant.