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Dutchtown cruises past Assumption, 69-36


Consistency and teamwork are two of the constant themes being preached to his young team by Assumption boys basketball coach Roland Moore.

Unfortunately, neither showed up for any sustained stretch of time on Friday, as the visiting Dutchtown Griffins used their length and size to outman and outmuscle Assumption, 69-36.

"I don't know what our problem was (Friday night), but we didn't come out with much in the way of energy," Moore said of his young squad that fell to 2-13 overall on the season. "We turned it over and weren't boxing out. The problem was we weren't playing team basketball and weren't playing with any sort of consistency out there."

While Moore finds himself struggling to teach his young team how to play more disciplined ball, Dutchtown (15-3) demonstrated what a veteran group can accomplish when things are clicking on all cylinders.

After jumping out to a 13-0 lead in the opening minutes of the game, Dutchtown pushed the lead to 22-7 at the end of the first period before opening up a 23-point lead by halftime.

Following a sequence where Assumption forced a few turnovers and kept the Griffins in check, Dutchtown went on a 16-4 run to close out the third period on its way to taking a 56-23 lead.

Leading the way during this stretch was Austin Sampson, who scored all seven of his points on a pair of lay ups and a 3-pointer.

"That spurt (in the third period) was a plus for us because in our tough district you have to be consistent all the time, not just some of the time," Dutchtown coach Patrick Hill said. "If we can put together sequences like that on a regular basis, we'll place ourselves in a position to get a lot of wins this season."

Assumption finished the game tying up the visitors at 13 in the final period with Jordan Bell scoring seven of his team-high 12 points.

"We did a good job in small spurts, but we just weren't consistent enough against a team as solid as Dutchtown," Moore said. "We are just going to keep working toward becoming a better team as we head in to district play."

Dutchtown placed three players in double figures scoring. They were Leonard Scott (16 points), Patrick Thompson (15) and Nick Whalen (10).

ASSUMPTION 68, CENTRAL-BATON ROUGE 4 (GIRLS)

At Baton Rouge, the Lady Mustangs cruised to an easy in win in its final tune-up for District 8-4A play.

Assumption (10-7) led 26-1 after the first quarter and increased its lead to 41-2 at halftime and 60-2 after three quarters.

Tiah Larvadain led the Lady Mustangs with 13 points, and also scoring in double figures were Amanda Gianelloni (12), Kevreion Ward (12) and Erineka Mollere (11).