Hahnville gets revenge on Destrehan in overtime thriller

The Hahnville Tigers are sitting pretty at first place in District 6-5A after knocking off Destrehan 58-53 in overtime, and then bouncing Dutchtown 66-54 for their sixth-straight district win.

The last time Destrehan and Hahnville faced off, the Wildcats dominated the contest, winning 64-49. They looked like they would do so again after jumping out to a 29-18 halftime lead behind some strong play by star forward B.J. Singleton.

Hahnville began to fight back in the third, but Destrehan still controlled the momentum of the game and took a 42-32 lead into the final period.

But that’s when the Tigers roared back.

Byron Gauthier put an exclamation on an early quarter run by the Tigers with a 3-pointer to pull his team to within one at 44-43.

The teams would trade baskets after that, with Destrehan’s Ryan Derbes hitting a 3-pointer with seconds left to tie the game at 51-51 and send it into overtime.

Hahnville came out hot in the overtime period, while Destrehan could only score two points.

Warren LeBeauf led Hahnville with 18 points and Derek Howard added 13.

Singleton netted 18 points for the Wildcats, while Derbes added 10.

“I thought we played our butts off against Hahnville over there,” Destrehan head coach Todd Bourg said. “We just didn’t come out on top in the end. We led the whole way and they (Hahnville)  just  decided to step it up a notch in the last four minutes and they got it done.”

Bourg credited Hahnville’s rebounding and defense in their comeback.

“They killed us on the boards and blocked eight shots in the last four minutes,” he said. “It was a great rivalry game on their senior night.”

The road didn’t get any easier for the Wildcats, who suffered a 48-78 loss to East St. John last week. The loss dropped Destrehan to 4-4 in the district, which currently has them in fourth place.

“I knew going into district that Hahnville and ESJ were very big and athletic compared to us and we would have to block out and not turn the ball over to have a chance,” Bourg said.

Meanwhile, Hahnville has been on a tear, and increased their district record to 7-1 after knocking off Dutchtown 66-54 last Friday.


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