PHS boys split hoop trip to Alabama tourney

Tryve Brackin
CRANKING UP…Boys basketball regular season competition cranked up last week with a handful of openers as well as early season tournament action. Shown here are returning starters, from left, Plaquemine’s Ryan Travis, White Castle’s Darrell Haynes, East Iberville’s Aldrick Nelson, and North Iberville’s Tre’vion Hawkins.

Plaquemine High’s boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, ending a six-game win streak in a tournament held during the Thanksgiving holidays in Huntsville, Ala.

The Green Devils rolled to an easy opening win in the tournament topping Alabama’s Johnson High by a 50-29 score.

However, in their next outing, the PHS had their early season 6-0 start tarnished by Huntsville’s Bob Jones High. The hometown school beat the Green Devils by a 53-42 score.

“We played a pair of very good basketball teams, the best we have played thus far this season. We did not shoot well over the final stretch and that cost us the game. We hit only 13 of 23 from the line as well,” commented PHS head coach Denny Wright.

The PHS coach said the contest was “a six-point game” with 1:15 left. “We followed up three steals with a couple of bad decisions and could not get back into it,” added Wright.

Bob Jones High is a Class 6-A school, the biggest in Alabama. The victors went on to play the defending state champ in 6-A in the  tourney, while PHS headed home.

Plaquemine played much better against Johnson High, which included a University of Louisville signee in its starting lineup. “They were a talented team as well, but we played better basketball and made better decisions in the game, so we won,” noted Wright.

Senior PHS guard Maquel Robinson led the way in the win over Johnson High with a game-high 19 points, while senior center Cody Edmond chipped in 10 points.

Chris Cross and Antwan Jackson tallied 6 points apiece to lead the Johnson High club.

PHS led only 22-15 at intermission, but turned in a 28-14 scoring margin in the second half.

Senior Deryl Lewis was the only PHS player in double figures in the loss to Bob Jones High. He netted 20 points, while Robinson tallied 9 and DeMario Camper 8 points. Edmond and Ryan Travis scored 6 apiece, while DeMarcus Veal and Evan Franklin scored one apiece.