BASKETBALL

Bulldogs' rally falls short to Dutchtown

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
Plaquemine's Moses Young attempts a reverse against Dutchtown's Patrick Thompson in the first half of the Griffins' 55-49 victory in the Green Devil Classic on Thursday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

PLAQUEMINE - White Castle High School cut an 11-point fourth quarter deficit to two with under a minute to play before ultimately falling to Dutchtown 55-49 on Thursday night in the Green Devil Classic.

The Bulldogs (5-10), under coach Troy Green, went on to fall to Thibodaux 75-67 on Friday. The Griffins (14-2) would win the tournament with a 42-41 victory over host Plaquemine.

"I didn't want to lose the way we loss but we fought hard to the end," Green said. "We were right there but the ball didn't bounce our way and you can't make mistakes against a team like that.

"Hopefully, we learned something from this because it is always good to play the best competition possible to get us ready for where we want to be later on in the year."

Samson Westley led the Bulldogs with 15 points. Swayne Edwards and Ja'Tyre Carter each added 11, while Tyidous Lang had eight and Harold Zachary and Jacory Washington each two.

Christopher Thompson led Dutchtown with 18. Patrick Thompson added 12 and Tevin Thompson and Nick Whalen each had seven.

Edwards drained a deep 3-pointer from the top of the key with 38.2 second remaining to cut it to 51-49 but the Bulldogs didn't score again.

Patrick Thompson's 3-point play with 4.8 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Griffins a 28-19 halftime lead.

Carter's putback and one briefly gave the Bulldogs the lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter following a pair of 3-pointers from Lang and Westley's trey to open the half before a pull up jumper.

Christopher Thompson's trey pushed the Griffins' lead to 46-37 in the fourth before Westley's three-point play and Edwards' pull up 3-pointer ignited White Castle's final run.

Dutchtown led 14-10 going into the second quarter after Thompson's 3-pointer. Westley's jumper and floater across the lane each gave the Bulldogs early leads.

White Castle led Thibodaux 33-30 at the half. Lang finished with 15 points, while Westley and Moses Young each added 14 and Byron Pierre 13.