PHS boys impress in parish hoop jamboree
Plaquemine High’s boys turned in an impressive 36-12 victory over fellow Top 28 tournament participant White Castle High in the showcase game of the annual Iberville Parish Basketball Jamboree last week.
The jamboree was hosted by WCHS, but held at Plaquemine High’s gym and the home standing Green Devils took full advantage.
In other reported jamboree action, the PHS Lady Green Devils defeated St. John High’s Lady Eagles by a 39-14 score and the East Iberville High Tigers topped North Iberville’s boys.
A veteran Green Devil team, which made the Class 3-A Final Four in March, jumped out to leads of 8-1, 15-5, and a halftime margin of 20-5 to defeat WCHS’ Bulldogs by 24 points.
PHS played without starting point guard Ryan Travis due to a late start because of football participation, while the Bulldogs had a handful of hoopsters still playing the gridiron sport.
Still the PHS boys were impressive in the time-abbreviated game. Demario Camper led the PHS club in scoring with 8 points, while Deryl Lewis and Maquel Robinson had 6 points apiece. Demarcus Veal and Evan Franklin added 5 apiece. Lewis brought down the house with an impressive slam-dunk following a missed shot, going over the rim to bang the ball home.
Darryl Haynes paced the WCHS club with a team-high 5 points, while Terry Elzy had 3 markers. Dontrell Thomas and Quinton Allen added 2 points apiece.
“Several of our players took part the day before in their district Cross Country meet and won it for a second year in a row. I think the experience helped them in their jamboree effort,” noted PHS mentor Denny Wright.
WCHS coach Ronald Johnson said his team is yet to be at full strength with several key players still playing football last week. “No panic here…Plaquemine was with us at the state tournament last year. They are a very talented, veteran team and a tough jamboree opponent. We will be fine. Watch and see…we will get better and better as the season goes along. We have a good mix of talent,” noted the veteran coach, who has mentored WCHS to a pair of state titles in the past.
Defending District 9-3A champion Plaquemine High turned back a young St. John High Lady Eagle club by a 39-14 score behind the double-figure scoring of veteran Brittany Brown and first-year point guard Brianna Arnold.
Brown popped in a game-high 11 points, while Arnold was right behind her with 10. Amber McCoy added 7, while Jazmine Burnstein had 5 points. Burnstein led the PHS girls in steals and she joined with Brown, and Candace Hastings in dominating the boards and garnering rebounds.
“Brittany Brown showed some aggressive leadership and Jazmine Burnstein played a solid all-around game along with Amber McCoy. Brianna Arnold is a very talented freshman with a lot of potential,” noted winning PHS mentor Cormanda Grace-Green.
Katie Falcon paced the SJHS scoring effort. A handful of young players from last year’s club are hoping to step up this season with that first-year experience under their belts.
Coach Doug Schultz could not remember the final score and did not have his team’s scorebook with him when PS SPORTS called, but he did remember his EIHS Tigers beat parish/district rival North Iberville by an eigh-point margin. The Tigers led by as much as 17 points at intermission before the NIHS Bears rallied back.
Junior point guard Donovan Richardson paced the EI offensive attack with 11 points, while junior forward Mitch Johnson added 10 points. Eldrick Wilson led the Tigers in rebounds, while Andre Wright turned in a solid job on defense. Tre’vion Hawkins, the Bears’ 6-4 center, led the way in scoring for NIHS.
The Tigers lost a pair of players (Earl Warren and recently Cameron Lodge) to transfer that Coach Schultz was hoping would give them a shot in the upcoming district season. “Hey, I will play with who I have and not look back,” noted the EIHS coach.