Tigers take off

DHS junior Jalen Pedescleaux runs away with an easy two-handed slam-dunk in the 66-50 win against ACHS last Tuesday.

When DHS's Jalen Pedescleaux broke away for a two-handed slam dunk in the third quarter, the Tigers took a 34-21 lead and never looked back as they cruised away for an easy 66-50 win over in-town rivalry Ascension Catholic last Tuesday at the ACHS gym.

The two teams from Donaldsonville started the game going shot-for-shot, but eventually DHS opened up a lead against the Bulldogs.

"I told them it was going to an emotional game," DHS head coach Barry Whittington said about the slow start for his team. "We turned the ball over a lot and were really playing to a stale mate until we were able to make a run."

At the break, DHS led 30-21 with a strong first half performance from junior Leondre James. James dominated the offensive glass, despite being one of the smaller players on the court. His quickness and athleticism seemed to give him an advantage over the bigger guys in the paint.

Scoring the ball well for DHS was Jaquel Gant. He seemed to not be stoppable as he scored from all spots on the court. He finished the night with a season-high 33 points.

"I didn't expect [Gant] to drop 33, but I do expect him to be one of our higher scorers," Whittington said. "He's a big part of our offense and getting him going is one of our main things that we need to focus on doing."

ACHS came out with a good game plan, but the pace got too quick and the Bulldogs began turning the ball over. The Bulldogs head coach, Tom Bodart, substituted a smaller lineup in and that lineup gave the team better ball control and they were able to control the tempo for a while.

"Overall, we are looking at that as sort of a positive even though it was a loss," Bodart said.

The pace of the game seemed to bother Bodart also, as the team was whistled with a technical foul for having six players on the court.

The Bulldogs didn't lie down nor give up in the game.

"I'm happy to know that they can play with a really talented team and guys they know from the area," Bodart said. "I think that was really helpful and beneficial and will help their attitudes."

The Bulldogs were led offensively by Gilbert Allen with 17 points, Kaleb Winchester with 12 and Delmond Landry with 10 points.

Landry picked up the pace in the fourth quarter and knocked in some easy points in the paint, but it was far too little and way too late for a comeback.

"When he's on the court we definitely want to pound it inside. I don't think there is anybody in the league that can really guard him. If he keeps working hard there are a lot of really good things that can come from that. He's got a lot of potential and we're working to make sure he can dive into it a little bit more."