After a close first quarter, Dunham shut down West Feliciana, and Jordan Wright kept scoring for the Tigers in a 76-39 victory in the Episcopal Classic on Friday night.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Wright normally plays around the perimeter, but used his size advantage inside all night against West Feliciana, which had no answer for the No. 2 ranked player in Louisiana’s class of 2019.Dunham led 19-16 after the first quarter, then Wright led the charge with 14 first-half points to extend Dunham’s lead to 37-25.
“Today, I knew I had the size advantage inside, so coach told me to bully them on the glass and on the boards, so that’s what I did,” Wright said.
In an effort to keep up with the Tigers junior big man, West Feliciana (6-2) began rushing its offense and forcing 3-pointers in the second half.
The results: nine points in the third quarter with no made 3-pointer, and the starters being pulled early in the fourth. R.J. Harris led the Saints with 10 points.
“We talked about at halftime, slowing the game down a little bit and not coming down taking the first shot, trying to be a little more patient,” West Feliciana coach Rod Lemoine said. “Those are some things we just need to work on for the rest of the season.”
Wright added 11 points in the second half and was helped by Oddyst Walker, who slammed multiple fast break dunks, and Ralph Davenport, with both scoring 14 points.
“There’s a reason (Wright) is a high-major recruit,” said Dunham coach Jonathan Pixley, whose team improved to 9-4. “He’s a special player and today he knew his advantage was around the goal, in the post, and he adjusted. Most nights he plays out on the perimeter, looks to attack, make threes and attack the rim, but he is one of those rare guys who can do a little bit of everything, so you saw a little bit of everything today.”
Pixley said he challenged his team defensively at halftime and described their early efforts as “sleepwalking.”
“They normally meet the challenge when they are challenged,” said Pixley. “Defensively, we give up nine in the third, and I didn’t pay attention to how many they scored in the fourth. They decided to turn it up, and we know we can generate a lot of offense with our defense. It was good to see them do it tonight.”