East Iberville High took on the first of two top-ranked boy basketball foes early last week when 3-A parish rival Plaquemine High came visiting St. Gabriel. The end result was a 47-31 PHS Green Devil victory, their 20th-straight on the hardwood this season.


East Iberville High took on the first of two top-ranked boy basketball foes early last week when 3-A parish rival Plaquemine High came visiting St. Gabriel. The end result was a 47-31 PHS Green Devil victory, their 20th-straight on the hardwood this season.

Coach Denny Wright’s Green Devils, ranked number one in Class 3-A, moved to 21-1 overall with the win, while the hosting EI Tigers slipped to 12-8 on the eve of a trip to Baton Rouge to face District 8-A foe and number-two ranked 1-A rival Christian Life Friday night.

The match of 3-A and 1-A parish rivals was a good one for both clubs. Coach Wright could not have found a better neighboring rival as a test for his PHS boys as District 8-3A competition drew near. The same could be said for Coach Doug Schultz as his Tigers likely faced a tough foe at home in Plaquemine than they did on the road at CLA, a 2-14 club, but with only a 4-1 mark going into Friday night’s game. Coach Wright was concerned enough about visiting EIHS that he attended a previous Tiger district game the Friday night prior to do a bit of scouting on an off playing date for his PHS boys.

“He was taking notes. I think that is a big compliment for Doug and his team,” observed EIHS girls’ hoop mentor Demetrius Franklin.

Typical of a PHS victory, the Green Devil defense held a 60-70-point averaging Tiger offense to only 31 points. East actually jumped out ahead 12-6 in the first period, but PHS used quarter margins of 8-2 and 16-6 in the second and third stanzas to gain a comfortable lead.

Jeffrey Ricard led the PHS offense with 14 points, while Tre’veon Hawkins, no stranger to playing EI after tangling as a North Iberville Bear in previous seasons, added 11 points for PHS. Jeremy Jenkins popped in 10 points, while Adonis Major had 6. Demarcus Veal, Larry Young, and Rod Daniels netted 2 apiece.

Senior guard Donovan Richardson led the way for the Tigers with a game-high 18 points, while Sheldon Ballom added 9. Greg Pickett and Aldrick Nelson scored 2 apiece.

PHS also won the JV game by a 47-16 score.

While Plaquemine played out of district early last week, two 8-3A neighbors Brusly and Port Allen opened their league seasons. Brusly beat hosting St. James by a 43-41 score, while Port Allen lost on the road to Livonia High by a 71-66 score.