Tigers advance to third round of playoffs

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
DHS’ Jeremy Jones scores a layup in the win against Northwest Wednesday night in Opelousas.

After a slow start that kept the no. 8 DHS boys’ basketball team scoreless through the first three minutes against the no.24 Northwest High, the Tigers found a way to prevail. The Tigers would advance to the third round of the LHSAA 3A playoffs with a 56-48 win over the Raiders in Opelousas.

DHS head coach Barry Whittington said the team wasn’t as ready for the crowd noise level to open the game and “we were a little frazzled.”

“We kind of got outside of the game plan a little bit,” Whittington said, “but we were able to get out in transition and make some shots.”

Despite the slow start in the opening minutes, DHS led 10-5 at the end of the first and never gave up the lead the rest of the way. At the end of the first half, DHS and Northwest were tied at 23 after a last-second score by the Raiders.

To open the second half, the Tigers came out with a run and led 34-30 heading into the fourth quarter.

DHS senior Jermial Jones led the Tigers in scoring with 13 points despite fouling out in the fourth quarter. Whittington said it feels good to be able to advance to another round of the playoffs but there is “more work to do.”

“I’m exited that we’re moving on but I’m done celebrating right now,” Whittington said. ”I’m already focused on who we have for next game and how can we be prepared for them on Friday.

Northwest head coach Jonathan Babineaux wasn’t happy with the outcome of the game after his team fouled for the last two minutes of the game hoping the Tigers would miss and the Raiders could capitalize.

“We gave it all we had and just came up short,” Babineaux said. “We wish Donaldsonville all the best wishes. They played a good game.”

The Tigers host no.17 North Webster Friday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. and will play game at the St. Amant High School’s Gold Dome.