Tigers start district unbeaten in first two games

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR
DHS guard Jaquel Gant goes through an E.D. White defender for a lay-up in the team’s win Friday night.

The DHS Tiger basketball team (9-9, 2-0 district) went unbeaten in its first two district games. The first win was a 65-30 blowout against St. Charles Catholic and on Friday the team beat a tougher E.D. White 46-35.

“We’re looking good, but we haven’t won the district championship in two games,” DHS head coach Barry Whittington said. “So, we’re going to have to make sure that we read our scouting reports and in practice make sure that we’re making adjustments for our next game.

In the win against E.D. White, the Tigers came out with a lot of hustle and energy that showed the team’s athleticism. At the end of the first half, DHS led the Cardinals 24-16.

E.D. White closed the gap in the third quarter and brought the DHS lead down to 31-28 heading into the fourth quarter. DHS held the Cardinals to only seven points in the fourth quarter to hold on for the victory.

Braxton Bernard led the team offensively with 14 points along with Jeremy Jones who contributed 14 points of his own.

“They do a pretty good job of not forcing shots and letting the game come to them,” Whittington said about Bernard and Jones. “They are really stepping up in games and having energy and playing really well. So I look forward to everybody else feeding off of that.”

Before DHS’s defense turned up the defensive pressure, E.D. White brought the game within one point with a little over seven minutes remaining on the clock. The Tigers finished the game out to improve to their second district win of the season.

“I think we played a team game,” Whittington said. “We had some goals we wanted to reach as far as scoring that we didn’t reach, but we grinded the game out and executed when we needed to so that was a positive thing that I saw.”

The Tigers will take on Brusly at home on Jan. 18 and St. James away on Jan. 22.