Tigers put on high-flying act in 56-47 win against White Castle

DHS junior Jalen Pedescleaux soars for a two-handed dunk in the win against White Castle Monday.

Juniors Leondre James and Jalen Pedescleaux had the DHS gym rocking Monday night in the boy’s basketball 56-47 win over White Castle. Pedescleaux slammed down two dunks in the game, a one-hander and a two-hander that kept the momentum on the homeside. Pedescleaux and James both finished the game with 15 points each to lead the Tigers to victory.

DHS led 21-11 at the half but White Castle opened the third quarter with an eight to zero run to get within two points of the tie. Head coach Barry Whittington said his team had opportunities, but weren’t being smart with the basketball.

“We just got frazzled,” Whittington said. They were able to make a run, but we sustained. Good thing we had the lead.”

James snapped the scoring drought for the Tigers with a two-pointer. From that point on, he led the team with big play after play to spark the team and help it to maintain the lead.

“He played quarterback for us in football and we took our lumps in football, but that helped to build his character,” Whittington said, talking about James’ play. “He’s one of those kids that just wants the ball in his hands and he’s not afraid of the moment and he really stepped up as a leader for us.”

Pedescleaux stepped up for the Tigers too, and a couple times he stepped up and launched off to dunk the ball. Whittington said he’s been on Pedescleaux pretty hard the last couple weeks.

“I want him to step up and be able to come in and contribute in a meaningful way and that’s what he did tonight and I’m proud of that,” Whittington said.

Braxton Bernard contributed ten points to the Tigers score sheet and helped seal the win for DHS down the stretch.

DHS will be on the road next at the Glen Oaks Tournament this weekend.