DHS boys’ hoops undefeated in district play

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
DHS senior forward Jaquel Gant scores an easy layup in the win against Berwick last week.

The DHS boys’ basketball team is on an eight-game win streak after last week’s two district 9-3A wins against Berwick and Franklin. The Tigers (18-6, 4-0) snuck out a 55-49 home win against Berwick on Jan. 27 and followed with a 70-66 road win at Franklin, two close calls for the Tigers.

However, DHS seems to find a way to prevail.

Against Berwick, a team that’s struggle to win many games this season, DHS head coach Lionel Gilbert described it as a “trap game.”

“We had a big win against Patterson and we felt like we were in control of things in the district,” Gilbert said. “You feel like you knocked off the king of the hill and you kind of over look some things and some guys and we start believing in yourself too much.”

“I knew Berwick was going to come in here and be a competitive team,” Gilbert said.

The first-year head coach said if the Tigers want to be district champions “you can’t have let downs.”

“You have to come out and compete hard for 32 minutes and execute every night,” Gilbert said. “You can’t overlook anybody. Hopefully we learned our lesson.”

In the win against Berwick, junior forward Stephen Sullivan led the Tigers with 23 points, including nine points in the fourth quarter. Senior forward Jaquel Gant scored 13 points for the Tigers.

The Tigers got the memo, but the game wasn’t an easy task against Franklin a couple nights later. But in that win, junior guard Braxton Bernard made sure to carry the team and led the way with 39 points.

After the close wins Gilbert said, “I rather a ragedy ride than a slow walk any day and this was our ragedy ride.”

The Tigers will return home on Tuesday, Feb. 10 to host Patterson. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.